PRESS RELEASE: Grand Bahama Port Authority Partners with Samaritan’s Purse to Provide Medical Care

Samaritan's Purse was on the ground in Freeport, Grand Bahama on September 6th, 2019 with their first delivery of hospital equipment and medical supplies to erect the mobile hospital. Pictured: (L-R) Derek Newbold, GBPA Sr. Manager of Business Development; Raoul Armbrister, Samaritan's Purse Regional Director; George Kalbfleisch, Samaritan's Purse Director of Flight Ops.

Grand Bahama residents can access emergency health care services through outreach of the Good Samaritan’s Purse in partnership with the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, the Grand Bahama Port Authority leveraged global partnerships to provide resources and relief to local residents.

Derek Newbold, Senior Manager of Business Development says, “Our organization’s commitment to the island of Grand Bahama means that where there is a need, we will do our part and rise to the occasion to render assistance. The impact of Hurricane Dorian immobilized the effective delivery of essential healthcare services.” Newbold continued, “Following Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the Grand Bahama Port Authority facilitated an extensive humanitarian relief effort with Samaritan’s Purse. Then, as is the case now, we have successfully and expeditiously partnered together to meet the medical care and immediate relief needs of residents with the establishment of an emergency relief hospital with a team of healthcare professionals.”

The Samaritan’s Purse is a non denominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Kaitlyn Lahm, spokesperson for the organization highlighted their commitment to Grand Bahama and its recovery efforts. Lahm explained, “We were watching Hurricane Dorian even before it hit and in watching its path we could see that it would create a need.” She added, “When the storm hit The Bahamas it caused severe devastation in Freeport and Abaco, so we immediately deployed a team. Now, we are here providing medical care and support after the storm.”

As the Samaritan’s Purse medical team continues to provide healthcare to Grand Bahama residents, the organization has been warmly welcomed by residents receiving care. Lahm noted, “Our hope and our prayer is that families in The Bahamas are encouraged and that they know they are not alone and that God loves them and we love them.”

With the Samaritan’s Purse presence on the island having a positive impact, Newbold says, “Our global partners working with trained and talented Bahamians will undoubtedly provide best in class care for our community. We appreciate this effort and have an abundant sense of gratitude for everyone actively engaged to restore hope through good healthcare services.” He added, “We embrace this spirit of God’s love as demonstrated by the Samaritan’s Purse. We are satisfied that this level of cooperation and collaboration, allows for more Grand Bahama residents to be comforted with some peace of mind that their medical needs can be met as we recover from Hurricane Dorian.”


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