The Vanguard Health System will be providing health care services to Puerto Rican residents in the wake of the hurricane, according to a statement released Wednesday by the company.
The announcement comes after the Puerto Rican government issued an order to all health care facilities to open.
The order also mandates the health care systems to provide critical services including emergency services, transportation, shelter, and a basic set of basic necessities to Puerto Ricans.
Vanguard Health’s statement says that all of its facilities in Puerto Rico will be operating under a modified lockdown.
In an interview with ABC News, company CEO Jim Hirsch said that while the company will be open to Puerto residents who need emergency care, it is “not a guarantee that people who need medical care will be able to get care.”
In the statement, Hirsch added that the company is working with other health care providers, government agencies and hospitals to determine the extent of the needs of Puerto Ricas residents and help Puerto Ricos who are affected.
The company will provide basic health care including basic needs such as vaccinations, antibiotics, and emergency shelter to its residents, and will also work with other organizations to coordinate medical needs and provide support to those in need.
The statement also states that the health system will continue to provide essential services such as health screenings, vaccinations, and treatment of those who need it.
In a press release from the company, Hensch said that the emergency response to Hurricane Maria was one of the largest ever in history and he is grateful for the support of the entire community and the millions of Americans who helped in the aftermath.
Vanguard, a privately held health care system, has more than 40,000 employees in Puerto Ricias territory.
The health system was founded in 1935.
It currently has more registered health care patients in the U.S. than all of the nation’s major health systems combined.
Vanguard is one of two health care companies to have been involved in the hurricane response.
The other is HealthCare.gov, which launched in Puerto Rican communities and has been widely criticized for its poor response to the storm.