MONTEGO BAY — Hospital patients from St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland and adjoining parishes are to benefit from an anaesthetic machine, donated to the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital by the Adopt-A-Ward Fund.
The Fund made US$30,000 (approximately $2.5 million) available for the purchasing of the equipment, which is critical to safe surgical procedures carried out at the hospital at a rate of some 300 per month. It was presented to the institution at a brief ceremony in the Accident and Emergency Lounge on Tuesday (November 29).
Expressing appreciation to the donors, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, Keith Richards, said the institution welcomes partnerships to enhance its professional output, and describe its relationship with the Adopt-A-Ward Fund as special.
"What’s very unique about this particular donation is that we have been having a longstanding relationship both with Adopt-A-Ward and Areil Limited, two entities we deem to be highly reputable. I do appreciate, personally and on behalf of the facility, the fact that they understand health care, they understand the implications of the lack of resources and they were willing to go above and beyond to assist and to provide, as much as possible, the needed help,” Mr. Richards pointed out.
He expressed the hope that with the proposed expansion of the operating theatre, the hospital board could sit and review the growth of these partnerships and relationships, in seeking to address the growing health care needs of the population.
Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Dr. Peter Scarlett, enunciated the critical importance of the machine, if surgeries are to be performed safely.
"We perform approximately 300 surgeries each month, and the vast majority of those would require the input of anaesthesia care from the special team. Therefore, you understand that this donation is going to be benefiting a large number of persons who come to our institution for health care,” Dr. Scarlett said.
He expressed appreciation to the chief donor, Mariane Greaves of the Adopt-A-Ward Fund, who had made the funds available on behalf of its founders, John and Jenny Greaves, who are her parents. The Fund was established some 25 years ago, and has raised well over $50 million for local health care.
By Glenis Rose, JIS Reporter