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Health Commissioner Michelle Davis Does Walk-Thru Of Juan Luis Hospital And Pronounces It ‘Fit For The Living And The Dead’

ME NO SEE NOTHIN’: Dr. Michelle Davis says that she would send all of her stateside relatives to the Juan F. Luis Hospital in St. Croix if they were gravely ill … and expect that they would make a full recovery.

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CHRISTIANSTED —  Health Commissioner, Michelle S. Davis, PhD, met with the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Juan F. Luis Hospital (JFL), Attorney Richard Evangelista, and his team, today to discuss a variety of issues.

Davis said that that the hospital has been experiencing: deterioration of sewage lines, ongoing roof leaks and conditions of mold in the operating rooms, storage of hazardous materials/biomedical red bag/bio hazard/sharps, biomedical waste at the rear of the hospital, and ventilation issues in the morgue.

“We are focusing on addressing the health and safety of the VI community that utilizes JFL for health care,” Davis said. “The Department of Health will be convening with other agencies to get JFL back up to speed.”

The USVI Department of Health (DOH) has reviewed JFL’s plans to address these concerns and finds them to be satisfactory and will be monitoring progress with their plan of correction, on a weekly basis. The DOH is also in contact with Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to assure that JFL is adhering to CMS regulations.

As a member of the VI Territorial Hospital Board, Commissioner Davis will meet with the board to discuss these urgent issues and to identify the resources to support JFL’s plan of action. Additionally, Commissioner Davis plans to bring the JFL team, other agencies and the territorial board together to make sure that the hospital continues to make rapid improvements.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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