Spanish Town Hospital receives $25m in medical equipment

- from 2018 Sigma Run

Monday, April 08, 2019

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Spanish Town Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) last Wednesday received a donation of specialised medical equipment, valued at $25 million, from part proceeds of the 2018 Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run. Another $5 million was also allocated to maintain the equipment, Sagicor said in a news release yesterday.

Dr Jacqueline Wright-James, acting senior medical officer (SMO) of the hospital, on receiving the donation praised Sagicor for being sensitive to the hospital's needs.

“At the Sagicor Foundation, they are always working to be our Santas and to provide our wish list items, and for that we are extremely grateful,” the release quotes Dr Wright-James.

Last year the hospital's Special Care Unit, which caters to mainly premature babies, received over $14 million in medical equipment from the 2017 Sigma run.

Dr Wright-James said following that handing over of the much-needed medical equipment, the NICU nursery was significantly improved and is now able to provide “transformational care” for its newborn and vulnerable premature babies.

Dwayne Francis, CEO of the hospital, echoed the acting SMO's sentiments, adding that Sagicor was the largest single corporate benefactor of the hospital. He commended the financial conglomerate for placing health care at the heart of its corporate social responsibility programme.

“These donations will give our future leaders a fighting chance,” he said in reference to the premature babies.

Philbert Perry, assistant vice-president, individual life insurance at Sagicor, who represented the Sagicor Foundation, reiterated Sagicor's commitment to playing its part in improving the nation's health care institutions.

“The Sagicor Foundation's mandate of “Caring, Inspiring, Serving” is ingrained in all that we do at Sagicor, and is further cemented in our company's vision of improving the lives of persons in the communities in which we operate,” Perry said.

The donation includes over 50 pieces of medical equipment, including a transcutaneous monitor, neo-puff infant resuscitators, photo-therapy lamps, oxygen blenders, and infant incubators.

Over the past 21 years, the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run has raised over $400 million for various child and health-related institutions and organisations across Jamaica. This year's event attracted more than 27,000 participants and raised over $52.4 million, the highest since inception.

This year's proceeds will assist May Pen Hospital's Neonatal Unit, the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.


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