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Friends of St Ann's Bay Hospital donate vital signs machines

BY RENAE DIXON
Observer staff reporter
dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, June 25, 2018

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The Friends of the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital, a charity group which has been making donations to the facility since the early 1970s, continued its contribution by donating four vital signs machines.

Basil Gordon, chairman of the Friends of the St Ann's Bay Hospital, said the group has been donating equipment, mattresses, drapes, linens, and have also been carrying out repairs to the hospital over the years in an effort to ensure quality health care in the parish.

“One of the objectives of the organisation is to support the resources of the hospital,” he explained.

He said the main function of the group is to mobilise the public to support hospitals. This is done through an annual fund-raiser, as well as a monthly meeting which the public is encouraged to be a part of.

He said the group hosts an annual dinner from which the funds raised are used to purchase items for the hospital. This year, close to $1 million was spent to acquire the vital signs machines.

Chief executive officer of the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital, Leo Garel expressed joy that the group continues to donate to the facility. He said that with plans by the Ministry of Health to upgrade the facility to a Type A hospital, there has to be an improvement in service. He lauded their efforts to ensure quality service is provided at the facility.

Director of nursing services at the hospital Marcia Lafayette expressed gratitude to the group for purchasing what she referred to as “mission critical equipment”.

“On behalf of the management and in particular the nurses, thank you for supporting the mission of providing quality health care,” she said.

She stated that the equipment will increase their capacity to carry out critical assessment of patients.

Custos of St Ann Norma Walters, while commending the group for their efforts, is encouraging others to volunteer and to give back.

Walters called for others to join groups such as Friends of the St Ann's Bay Hospital in order to enhance their ability to continue to serve the needs of residents in the parish.

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