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  • Health care delivery at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester should be improved, following the completion of five major projects at the institution.
  • All five projects were symbolically handed over to the hospital’s management by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 26.
  • Chairman of the SRHA, Michael Stewart, expressed gratitude to the Ministry and NHF for the support extended in executing the projects.

Health care delivery at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester should be improved, following the completion of five major projects at the institution, undertaken over the 2013/14 period at a cost of approximately $105 million.

The projects, financed by the National Health Fund (NHF), under its Health Support Fund, included: renovation and other supporting infrastructure works on four operating theatres; installation of new chillers and supporting air conditioning systems; procurement of food trolleys and meal wares; procurement, installation and commissioning of an x-ray machine; and renovation of Block H, which houses the internal medicine, paediatric and post-natal wards.

All five projects were symbolically handed over to the hospital’s management by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 26.

The management was also presented with two cardiac monitors and two vital sign monitors by the Manchester Wellness Foundation, and partitioning screens by the Mandeville branch of the financial firm, Barita Investments Limited, all valued more than $1 million

In his remarks, Dr. Ferguson said the work at Mandeville Regional Hospital formed part of “important and significant” investments amounting to $352 million, which the Health Ministry has made at public medical institutions in Manchester, Clarendon, and St. Elizabeth, falling under the purview of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).

These include: the May Pen, Percy Junor, and Black River Hospitals; Santa Cruz Centre of Excellence; and Rocky Point, Lincoln, and James Hill Health Centres.

“We plan to continue along these lines (as) all of what we are doing here is to improve service delivery to patients, while ensuring that we provide a comfortable, safe, and healthy working environment for staff,” Dr. Ferguson said.

Meanwhile, NHF Chairman, Sterling Soares, said completion of the projects “demonstrates that the Southern Regional Health Authority was bold in setting their goals and in pursuing proposals that will improve efficiency within the health care system in the region.”

Chairman of the SRHA, Michael Stewart, expressed gratitude to the Ministry and NHF for the support extended in executing the projects, and pledged the Authority’s “continued commitment to work to improve health care delivery in the region.”

 

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