Baystate receiving $500K to provide healthcare services for hurricane evacuees


State Senator James Welch secured funding for healthcare services for hurricane evacuees in western Massachusetts.

Baystate Health is expected to receive $500,000 from the State budget to help offset the unanticipated costs of providing care to hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

State Senator Welch said the funding will ensure their access to affordable health care offered by Baystate.

Doctor Orlando Torres, medical director of Baystate High Street Health Center, said many of the evacuees were treated for a variety of illnesses ranging from high blood pressure to diabetes and from depression and anxiety disorders to heart and other serious diseases.

“We put finances second and then we just wanted to put the patients first, because they needed their medical conditions treated,” said Dr. Torres.

Baystate Health’s three community health centers in Springfield have provided care for more than 400 evacuees since late October.

This Includes wellness exams and immunizations needed for children to attend local schools.

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