Logan CrawfordOct 12, 2017, 12:39 pmOct 12, 2017, 2:56 pm

27 doctors, nurses and paramedics from Northwell head to Puerto Rico for 2-week mission

Medical professionals will bring much-needed supplies to assist island hospitals ravaged by Hurricane Maria

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In New Hyde Park, 27 Northwell Health medical professionals met up to take a bus to John F. Kennedy International Airport to fly to Puerto Rico. The staff is volunteering for a two-week mission to give medical assistance at hospitals on the storm-ravaged island.

The staff is taking supplies that include mosquito nets, sunscreen and more. The doctors, nurses, and paramedics are prepared to treat patients anywhere from minor to serious injuries.

Officials say 67 hospitals lost power during the hurricane and all but two are back open, but half of those are running on generator power. Every volunteer has experience in dealing with these conditions and they say they're happy to help out those who are in need.

The Northwell volunteers will be landing in Puerto Rico tonight and will be there between 15 to 17 days.

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