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Health authority may rename delivery suite in honour of slain doctor

Mark Cummings

Thursday, September 20, 2012    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — CHAIRMAN of the Western Regional Health Authority George Duncan has said his board will consider renaming the delivery suite at Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in memory of the late Dr Barrington Dixon.

"The call is timely and we will definitely act on it. The minister of health (Dr Fenton Ferguson), I believe, would be in favour of that," he told the Observer West.

Last Friday, senior medical officer at the Cornwall Regional Hospital Dr Delroy Fray made the call for the suites to be renamed the 'Dr Barrington Dixon Delivery Suite'.

"In keeping with the current refurbishing of the Cornwall Regional Hospital delivery suite, there is no better time to consider renaming the suite the Barry Dixon Delivery Suite. I beseech you, please consider this seriously," he said, in delivering his tribute at the thanksgiving service for the late doctor at the St James Parish Church.

Dixon died on September 1 at CRH — where he had delivered hundreds of babies over the years — after he was shot by gunmen at his Spring Gardens home in St James.

The affable 66-year-old served the medical profession for almost 33 years. The last 20 of those years, he served as senior medical officer at CRH before his retirement.

Dr Delroy Fray, in his tribute to the slain doctor, described him as "a man who moved mountains effortlessly for those who were in need of health care, and a man who is so gifted in his field that complications were fables".

He added that Dixon had implemented a raft of changes for the betterment of health care during his tenure at the hospital.

"He impacted the lives of many of us... medical students, nursing students, young doctors in training... every member of the health team," Fray emphasised.

He noted that under Dixon's watch at CRH, the medical facility expanded its services by adding many specialties and improved the overall quality of health care at the facility.

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