Hope Health Clinic to start providing limited service in June
MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE Hope Health Clinic being constructed at a cost of US$3.2 million on the grounds of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Montego Bay by the charitable organisation, Good Shepherd Foundation, is expected to start providing limited services within the next four months.
"The board has decided that since the upstairs section of the building comprising nine suites is 60 per cent completed, then the aim is now to fully complete that section with the attendant facilities to enable the removal of the clinic from its present Albion site to the new building," explained Jeanne Robinson-Foster, the chairperson of the Good Shepherd Foundation.
She added that some $4 million is required to complete and equip the upper section of the facility.
Meanwhile, the foundation's fund-raising efforts received a much-needed boost recently when for the second year in a row Virginia Warren, a multiple-time repeat guest of Sandals Montego Bay, made a personal contribution of over $500,000 towards the building of the clinic.
And as the foundation intensifies its fund-raising activities a 'Wall of Friends' launch will be held after Holy Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Sunday, March 9.
"By donating US$1,000 or the Jamaican equivalent a name can be recorded on a prominent wall in the new centre," the foundation said.
Upon completion, the building will have an out-patient clinic, doctors' rooms, a pharmacy, living quarters for residents and visiting doctors, dentistry, a waiting area, a canteen, and an operating theatre to undertake minor procedures.
A laboratory and a rehabilitation centre for patients who may need ongoing therapy will also be included.
Patients using the facility will be required to pay a nominal fee.
The Good Shepherd Foundation, which comprises representatives from the business and civic communities of Montego Bay, was started in 1997 by the Most Rev Charles H Dufour, then Roman Catholic Bishop of Montego Bay, and has since provided assistance for thousands of persons in the western parts of the island.