A new Cardiology Unit, valued at $10 million, was officially opened at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in Montego Bay, St. James, on November 24.
The unit, which houses an echocardiogram machine and related equipment, was established by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.
This is a major boost for the hospital, as it moves to enhance specialised and professional health care delivery, especially for patients with heart and related illnesses.
Chief Executive Officer of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Billy Heaven (centre), giving details about one of the machines housed in the new Cardiology Unit, which was opened at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in Montego Bay, St. James, on November 24. To Mr. Heaven’s right is Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester and to his left are Cardiologist at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Dr. Claudine Lewis; Chief Executive Officer of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Mr. Everton Anderson and Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Delroy Fray.
Expressing appreciation for the unit, Cardiologist at the hospital, Dr. Claudine Lewis, said that the unit represented “an early Christmas gift for the many patients.”
“This is the best gift that anyone could ever receive and we would like to thank the administration for having the vision that something like this could ever exist in our institution and to serve our community. We would also like to thank the CHASE Fund for aiding and abetting this vision. This unit will provide a heart clinic, a cardiology clinic, specialised echocardiogram, and special ultra sound, one of the key diagnostic elements in cardiac care,” she said.
Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, Billy Heaven, said that one of the main subject areas of the CHASE Fund was health care, and in funding these projects, the organisation always ensured that many persons would benefit, that there is enhanced technology, improved efficiency and that they are cost effective, convenient and accessible to clients.
Chief Executive Officer of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Billy Heaven, addressing the opening ceremony for a new Cardiology Unit at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in Montego Bay, St. James, on November 24.
“This project is one of the 662 projects that we have funded so far in the health sector. The value of this intervention is $10 million for a total of $32.3 million to Cornwall Regional Hospital. We are of the view that the provision of funds for these and other purposes will result in better health care delivery. But, while we are in favour of having advanced technology and state-of-the-art diagnostic machines in our institutions, if this is not supported by highly trained personnel who are prepared to deliver high quality customer care, then the most useful purpose of these interventions may not be served,” Mr. Heaven said.
Also attending the ceremony was Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Everton Anderson, who assisted Dr. Lewis and Mr. Heaven in cutting the ribbon to officially open the unit.