Special thanks to all those who contributed to the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Puerto Rico donation drive, which benefited neonatal and pediatric intensive care units and others on the hurricane-ravaged island.
In the days before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands, the Society launched its emergency response protocol, which included sending a personal note from SCCM President Ruth Kleinpell, RN-CS, PhD, FAAN, FCCM. That e-mail included a message of solidarity with our critical care colleagues in the affected areas, a link to various complimentary disaster response resources, and a reminder to reach out to SCCM should any additional help be needed.
That e-mail reached Marilia Díaz, MSN, RN, an ICU nurse at Hospital Auxilio Mutuo in San Juan and president of the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Medicina Critica, Intensiva y Coronaria. She remembered meeting Dr. Kleinpell during a critical care conference in Puerto Rico. The two nurses had shared a bonding moment discussing the rise of nurse leaders within their professional organizations.
“When I received her e-mail, I reached out to my colleagues in the public hospitals because I knew they were in need of the most help,” said Ms. Díaz. “When I spoke with them, they already had a list of things that they needed. I reached out to Dr. Kleinpell and the SCCM Staff, and that’s when it all started.”
about the many ways SCCM responded to needs in Puerto Rico beyond the donation drive in the Giving and Volunteerism issue of Critical Connections
(December 2017/January 2018 - Volume 16, Number 6).