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Cataño diagnosis & treatment center to receive $5.4 million upgrade

The project, using funds allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will create 50 jobs and improve a structure that serves more than 3,500 residents, Cataño Mayor Julio Alicea Vasallo said.

By The Star Staff

Cataño Mayor Julio Alicea Vasallo announced Thursday the reconstruction of the Diagnosis and Treatment Center (CDT) Job Andújar at a cost of $5.4 million.

The funds, allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will create 50 jobs and improve a structure that serves more than 3,500 residents, the mayor said.

“With this reconstruction work at the CDT Job Andújar we reaffirm the commitment of the municipality to have quality facilities, essential for the health of the Catañeses,” Alicea Vasallo said at a press conference where he was joined by Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3) Executive Director Manuel Laboy Rivera. “At the same time, this reconstruction marks the beginning of other projects subsidized with federal funds allocated for the damages caused by Hurricane Maria.”

The commissioned reconstruction, which will take 18 months, was awarded in a public bid to Optimun Professional Services. Among the main improvements is the replacement of: windows and doors, the air conditioning system and the roof waterproofing system. In addition, the reconstruction includes exterior and interior painting, and extensive improvements to the lighting, ceilings, walls and ceilings of the building’s interior.

The mayor also highlighted the expanded list of services provided by the CDT, which include: emergency room 24 hours a day, seven days, with laboratory, X-rays and minor surgery; external clinics, general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics, pediatric vaccination and adult patients sonography, laboratories, internal medicine, psychologists, health education, and nutritionist, among other services.

“In January of this year … new sonography and X-ray equipment was acquired from our own funds, and a chemistry and hematology machine had been purchased for the clinical laboratory,” Alicea Vasallo said. “In addition, new salary scales were established for nurses, with a base salary of $2,517 for associates and $3,078 for generalists.”

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