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Northeast Medical Center inaugurated in Fajardo



The new medical center, located in the old HIMA Hospital in Fajardo, which has been almost completely rehabilitated, had a joint public sector-private sector investment of over $10 million.

By The Star Staff


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia participated on Thursday in the opening of the Northeast Medical Center in Fajardo, which will operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day.


Secretary of State Omar Marrero Díaz was present at the event, as was Sara López Martín, the center’s executive director; Health Secretary Carlos Mellado López; Jesús Rodríguez Cabán, the regional director of Metro Fajardo; and Fajardo Mayor José Aníbal Meléndez.


“Today Fajardo will have a new center that will serve over 230,000 people in the northeast region,” the governor said in a written statement. “It is a great step toward guaranteeing our Puerto Rican population the health they deserve.”


Pierluisi highlighted the importance of multi-sector work and commitment between the government, the private sector and the medical class to achieve goals that result in improving the health industry and services to its components and citizens.


The medical center, located in the old HIMA Hospital in Fajardo, which has been almost completely rehabilitated, had an investment of over $10 million from the private sector in a joint effort with the public sector.


It will have new equipment in the Radiology Department, such as an X-ray machine, Sonography and CT Scan, in addition to a modern clinical laboratory. It will also have six operating rooms, 52 hospital beds similar to private rooms, two intensive care units, an area for pediatric emergencies and another for adults.


The new medical center will have more than 200 direct jobs, as well as 50 indirect jobs, and is expected to have 200 rooms.


Mellado López noted that “step by step we are addressing one of the important priorities for our people, their health.”


“The goal is for people to find in every corner of Puerto Rico a suitable and accessible place to receive quality clinical care tailored to their needs,” the island’s top doctor said.

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