ST. LOUIS/QUEBRADILLAS, Puerto Rico (KMOX) — Corey Fritz’s life is about to take a turn that, at the start of this year, he probably never would have imagined.
What started as an effort to connect hurricane-affected people in the Florida Keys with their homes through an app eventually led to supply chain logistics in that area. That led to his next big project — reopening a long abandoned hospital in a place he’d never been, Puerto Rico.
“My job, you can very simply describe it as finding the right resources who need to help one another and then putting them in contact with one another and getting little bit out of it for the hospital,” Fritz told KMOX in November as he planned his first trip to the island.
The hospital is now open as a free clinic, it’s open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and serves between 10 and 30 people per day.
“Just before I left, it was so beautiful, so amazing… we had new doors put in, new windows put in, a new ceiling, new lights put in,” Fritz told KMOX’s Mark Reardon. “It’s absolutely gorgeous. And to think that just three months ago it was filthy and abandoned.
Fritz says it’s challenging, for starters, to keep a doctor in the building. Secondly, the clinic’s restoration happened with no official financial support. Fritz and Quebradillas volunteers are asking people who’d like to help to consider sponsoring a hospital room — you can get more details by emailing them.
Fritz has now decided to move to Puerto Rico by the end of next month.