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Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has lauded Mandeville business couple Calvin and Sylvia Lyn, for investing in the Hargreaves Memorial Hospital, which will continue to operate and provide quality health care service to the people of Manchester.
“It is a tremendous opportunity to improve the quality of life in Mandeville, and the parish of Manchester,” the Prime Minister said at the opening of the refurbished and expanded facility on Thursday (Aug. 27).
He noted that the Lyn family has given outstanding service to the parish and “the development that has taken place here is just another example of the kind of service that they have given.”
“The decision they took to acquire this facility, and to invest as significantly as they have invested in it is a courageous one, because even in the best of times, private hospitals in Jamaica are not known to be profit centres, but they have not lost faith; they are demonstrating a conviction and a vision,” Mr. Golding said.
Custos of Manchester, the Hon. Dr. Gilbert Allen, said that the re-opening of the facility “is a significant milestone in the development of healthcare in this part of Jamaica”.
“The Lyns purchased the Hargreaves Memorial Hospital, paid off its debts and rescued it from closure. I congratulate them for the vast capital outlay, and the confidence to provide a first-class facility,” Dr. Allen said.
Mr. Lyn, for his part, said he was encouraged by friends to purchase the hospital about two years ago.
“I heard that the building was going to be demolished and the area would have become a commercial operation. Friends encouraged me to acquire the institution. We knew it was a chance, but we took it on to preserve its legacy, and continue what it was constructed to be,” he stated.
In giving the overview of the upgrading work done, Director at the hospital, Maxine Walker, informed that “we have upgraded the laboratory services to meet international standards”.
“New machines have been purchased, others were reconditioned, and software was updated. Our radiology department was transformed with a new digital fluoroscopy system purchased along with an ultrasound unit, showing cutting edge technology,” Mrs. Walker said.

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