Guardian Group Foundation donates equipment valued over $4m to Mandeville Regional Hospital

Monday, February 11, 2019

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More than 600,000 residents in the parishes of Manchester, Clarendon and St Elizabeth are set to benefit from new equipment now retrofitted at the Mandeville Regional Hospital from proceeds of the Guardian Group Foundation's 2018 “Keep it Alive” 5K Night Runs.

The equipment, which includes two operating theatre stretchers, one desktop autoclave, six infusion pumps, one cardiac monitor and two vital signs monitors, were valued at $4,052,000.

Marcia Francis, acting chief executive officer at the hospital, noted that the donation of the equipment was well appreciated and would go a far way in facilitating access to health care for residents of Manchester, Clarendon and St Elizabeth.

Since the partnership with the Guardian Group Foundation began in 2016, the hospital has received an estimated total of $10 million in equipment from funds raised from the 'Keep It Alive' 5K Night Runs.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Eric Hosin, president of Guardian Life Limited, reaffirmed the organisation's commitment to its partnering hospitals, and explained that the donated equipment will play a vital role in fostering a healthier Jamaica.

He stated that the 5K runs, held in both Kingston and Montego Bay, seek to raise funds towards the continued improvement of Jamaica's health care sector, a cause with which Guardian Life, through its foundation, will continue to support.

“Anyone of us can be negatively impacted health wise at any point in our lives and our hospitals need equipment to operate efficiently and effectively. This year we are hoping to increase the number of participants in the runs so the hospitals can benefit from an increase in the amount we can donate to the hospitals,” Hosin said.

Since its inaugural staging in 2014, The Guardian Group Foundation's “Keep It Alive” 5K Night Runs have raised over $80 million which has gone towards acquiring equipment for its major beneficiaries: University Hospital of the West Indies, Mandeville, Cornwall and the St Ann's Bay regional hospitals.

The 2019 night runs will be held in Kingston on Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, May 25 in Montego Bay.

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