The Emergency Services Department (ED) at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) will not be relocating this month as previously planned. The move from the ED’s current location to the Virgin Islands Cardiac Center (VICC) was tentatively scheduled for June 14. JFL Acting CEO Richard Evangelista made the announcement Tuesday during an appearance on former senator Holland Redfield’s radio program ‘Straight Talk with Holland Redfield.’
“We are delaying the temporary transition of our Emergency Services Department at this time. In order for us to move, we need to ensure that we have psychiatric nurses on staff to manage the Psychiatric Hold Unit adjacent to the existing emergency department, and we have seven licenses currently before the nurse licensure board,” said Evangelista. “Additionally, we still have some infrastructure work that needs to be completed to prepare for the transition,” he said.
A new date to temporarily move the ED has not been established, but the public will be notified well in advance of the move.
The hospital continues to provide emergency department services to the community in its existing location. The interim measures implemented to address the recent issue are under control and the hospital remains vigilant in monitoring these interim measures to assure the continuity of emergency department operations.