NSU & Patel Family Foundation Aid in Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Dr. Kiran C. Patel and Dr. Pallavi Patel Aid NSU in Puerto Rico Relief EffortsThanks to the generosity of Dr. Kiran C. Patel, NSU has been able to deliver over 2,500 lbs. of goods directly to the university's campus in Puerto Rico. Items provided via the transport of Dr. Patel’s plane included: water, batteries, tarps, flashlights, power packs, toiletries, t-shirts, crackers, canned goods, and paper towels. More than 100 cases of water were tracked down by
NSU Facilities Management officials who found them stuck at a warehouse unable to be delivered to the island.

Once onsite, NSU officials made contact with local companies and laborers to expedite  repairs and moisture extraction to NSU's facility. These face-to-face contacts will prove instrumental in expediting the opening of the building.

The local presence, made possible by Dr. Patel, also reduced original remediation start time estimates from three weeks to immediately. And it paved the way for NSU’s IT Department internet connection restoration.

“I can say with certainty that the impact of Dr. Patel’s kindness has been felt by hundreds on the island and will be felt by hundreds more by the end of the week,” said Jessica Brumley, NSU’s Vice President for Facilities Management, who went on the relief trips. “The support and love our Puerto Rican NSU community has felt from these missions is without measure. I, personally, am forever grateful for Dr. Patel’s generosity and humbled to have been part of these missions.”

BACKSTORY
Having just made a significant commitment to NSU via the Patel Family Foundation, resulting in the university naming two colleges in their honor – the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Healthcare Sciences, he was eager to help.

“Seeing what is happening in Puerto Rico, and knowing that NSU has a regional campus on the island, I knew I had to do something to help,” said Dr. Kiran C. Patel. “I’m part of the NSU family and they are hurting; as a physician, a husband, a father – as a person – how could I not help?”

As Drs. Hanbury and Patel talked they came up with the idea of flying much-needed supplies to the island to be distributed to NSU’s students, faculty and staff who are in desperate need. One of NSU’s regional campuses is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In roughly 36 hours, NSU officials worked to determine what essentials were needed, and then made arrangements for Dr. Patel to have his private jet fly to Fort Lauderdale so it could be loaded with those items and taken to the island. A second flight occurred on Sat. Sept. 30.

NSU employees load water and other relief items onto a plane graciously supplied by Dr. Kiran C. PatelSome of the supplies that made it to Puerto Rico thanks to the generosity of Dr. Kiran C. Patel to Nova Southeastern University (NSU)

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