Newest Update and Damage Photos

As always, thank you so much to everyone for the outpouring of support Island Health & Wellness has received since the hurricanes hit! It has been a long two+ months, but we have made great progress at Island Health and as an island as a whole.

Unfortunately, the damage at our Palm Plaza location was so significant that we will not be able to rebuild. So, we found a new home across the street! We have moved into our new permanent location in Greenleaf Commons. We are located above St. John Market (a few doors down from Merchants Bank) in the former Drift Away Spa location. It is wonderful space and we are really looking forward to the opportunity to grow there.

We are currently finishing up a small renovation project to accommodate the needs of our patients and plan to reopen on Monday, November 20th! I will post the hours as we get a little bit closer and can better determine the needs of the community. We will be accepting appointments and taking walk-ins, however since our phone is not working, patients will need to stop by to make an appointment until we can get a temporary phone working.

We rely solely on donations and grants to keep our doors open and treat patients. Once again, we are asking for your help as the financial burden of the destruction and the relocation process has been vast. We charge a small $50 fee to patients to be seen, as most of our patients are uninsured. However, no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Due to the economic strain the hurricanes have put on all residents of St. John, we expect the majority of patients will not be able to pay and therefore we need even more help. If you are able to donate, please go to the donate page on our website or mail checks to:

5000 Estate Enighed PMB 311
St. John, VI 00830
All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you everyone for your continued support and patience as we rebuild! We look forward to getting our doors open!

After Maria

Thank you so much for your continued well wishes and support! We made it through Hurricane Maria! St. John was hit with a great deal of rain and wind as well as high surf for 24+ hours and incurred additional significant damage. While nothing close to what Irma brought, we still had flooding and water damage to already unstable structures. Sadly, Island Health & Wellness Center was greatly impacted as well. They had put tarps over the open roof of the building but they were no match for Maria and the water poured in causing even more damage. Portions of the ceiling caved in throughout our entire office and caused extensive water damage and destroyed almost everything left in the office. I had taken out as much as I could but was unable to remove any of the furniture, computers, exam tables, office supplies, etc. With so many structures being damaged on the island, there was no safe, dry place to put large items. Luckily, I was able to save all of our patient folders/records as those are irreplaceable.

I am struggling to push through the feelings of defeat that have set in since Maria hit. The setbacks that not only Island Health, but the entire island, endured after being hit by a 2nd major hurricane in 2 weeks, made it harder to swallow the devastation and hardships. That being said, I am still very optimistic that we will rebuild and am still working on finding a temporary location so I can see patients in a more traditional manner again.

I have received many emails and Facebook messages of people offering to donate money, medical supplies and time. I can’t thank you all enough for your continued support and encouragement…it means so much and helps keep us all going down here! For those still interested in donating, please visit our donation page or feel free to send me an email at info@islandhealthcenter.org.

I will continue to post updates as we continue on this journey of recovery and renewal! Thank you!

 

-Sandy

After Irma

Hurricane Irma was a powerful category 5 storm that hit St. John on September 7th, 2017. The storm demolished most of the island, communication and internet has been scarce. Sandy, Nurse Practitioner at Island Health & Wellness Center, was able to contact Jenn from News of St. John and give the below update.