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People attracted to working in healthcare as a vocation have certain qualities. They’re caring and kind. They are the kind of people who want to make things better for others as a way of life.

In this edition of the HealthCare Matters podcast, Elliot Joseph and Rebecca Stewart explore that aspect of healthcare, with a focus on a single event that devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria.

More than a year after Hurricane Maria, the healthcare infrastructure of the island remains tenuous, at best, and the effort to rebuild will continue for years to come. Our guests are in it for the long haul, having already played significant roles in the on-going effort to rebuild hospitals and health clinics as well as provide lifesaving medicines – like insulin – to island residents.

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