Hospital Ship Comfort Puerto Rico

The USNS Comfort, the Navy’s East Coast hospital ship, has not been sent to provide hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. (Bill Mesta/Navy)

The U.S. Navy hospital ship that Hillary Clinton wants President Donald Trump to send to Puerto Rico has one of the largest trauma facilities in the United States.

A hospital ship deployed as part of federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is waiting. But hospitals that are overwhelmed with patients and staff say they don't even know how to begin sending people to the Comfort.

Rachel Maddow reports on how the USNS Comfort saw a spike in the patients it is processing when it docked in San Juan instead of waiting off shore for patients to get special approval.

A floating state-of-the-art hospital is anchored off the coast of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, but those in need are struggling to board the ship. The Navy hospital ship Comfort has 250 beds for patients on the island shut out by clinics without supplies and other facilities lacking electricity ...

The sound of two bells rang through the loud speakers of the U.S. Navy’s floating hospital on Saturday to celebrate the arrival of a newborn baby girl. The Navy’s USNS Comfort was sailing in the vicinity of San Juan, Puerto Rico -- providing medical assistance throughout a region devastated by ...

The Mercy class of hospital ships are converted San Clemente-class supertankers used by the United States Navy.Originally built in the 1970s by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, they were acquired by the Navy and converted into hospital ships, coming into service in 1986 and 1987.

(UPDATES) Comparing: The U.S. Responses to the Haiti and Puerto Rico Tragedies. Update, October 18. Sailors aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort say a prayer for Sara Victoria Llull Rodriguiz in the Caribbean Sea, Oct. 17, 2017.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged this island, doctors and nurses are still in nonstop triage, working furiously to save lives and ease pain while struggling to contend with power outages, hospital evacuations, dwindling supplies and even crime outside their doors ...

Related: Puerto Rico's Hospitals Still in Triage Mode 2 Weeks After Hurricane Maria "We can't keep rebuilding the grid. It won't be resilient," Rosselló said at a news conference Sunday in Puerto Rico.

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