Ponce Health Sciences University is using Prime Strategies' New York outpost to rebound from the devastation of Hurricane Maria that led to the shutdown of the Puerto Rico-based institution.

Based in Ponce, Puerto Rico's second largest city following San Juan, PHSU serves as a vital healthcare provider for the people living in the southern part of the island.

Ponce Health Sciences University

PHSU President David Lenihan has been posting hurricane updates to keep students and facilities updated about the clean-up efforts.

He plans to announce by Oct. 9 “when normal operations will begin.” Those sessions may be held at a “safe and established facility” elsewhere. [The University of South Florida has offered to take in 200 students from PHSU at its Tampa campus.]

Prime is lobbying the federal government on education infrastructure matters, particularly  “higher education and medical education and recovery/rebuilding of such institutions and infrastructure post-Maria on the Island of Puerto Rico."

Jennifer Manley, who worked in the administration of former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and once served as VP-government and community affairs of the Queens Library, and Scott Klenet, ex-senior analyst of Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron’s federal lobbying team and operative in Virginia’s Democratic party, are Prime’s staffers repping PHSU.