Gratitude in Manchester health care

Monday, January 01, 2018

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Acknowledging that it is no easy feat to handle the intricacies of health care, administrators of Mandeville Regional Hospital recently recognised different categories of staff who take on the task on a daily basis.

Health care workers who have been employed to the institution for many years, retirees, and Chief Executive Officer Alywn Miller were named among the awardees.

Miller was given credit for his “exemplary leadership and guidance”.

Reporting on the period 2017-2018, he told the gathering at Golf View Hotel that it was a year marked by enthusiasm, excitement and partnership.

“I must thank our staff for their phenomenal work in many respects, but particularly the intense drive with which many have worked —whether for their department, the hospital, or with the many wonderful partners that have made many things possible,” he said.

The partners, he said, include the Lions Club of Mandeville that is working on putting in place a well-needed pathology lab; Jamaica Standard Products Company with support to dialysis patients through the annual High Mountain Coffee Road Race; the Manchester Wellness Foundation that three years consecutively donated surgical instruments to the ENT (ear, nose and throat) department; insurance giants Sagicor and Guardian Life which selected the hospital as a beneficiary of major fundraisers, the CHASE Fund; the Rotary Club of Mandeville and Church Teachers' College that donated an anaesthetic machine.

Miller said the hospital is working to remain relevant through efforts such as nursing symposiums, increased use of modern technology in the customer care department, and the launch of a successful blood donation drive, 'One Love, One Blood'.

He said the public health facility has been lauded for the well-kept condition of the infrastructure.

“We recognise that there are many aspects of the institution to address but it was encouraging to hear the comments made by various auditing teams that visited over the past year. It was said that in terms of infrastructure, maintenance of equipment and cleanliness, Mandeville Regional Hospital was the gold standard in Jamaica,” said Miller.

The CEO said Mandeville Regional Hospital continues to be challenged in areas such as a surge in the number of people requiring outpatient services and high bed occupancy. The hospital would have to find innovative means to continue delivering health care in the most efficient manner, he said.

Marcus Greenwood, who represented the hospital's management committee, said contending with success and failures are a part of life but his group strives to ensure that the failures are temporary, as they work hard to overcome them.

— Alicia Sutherland




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