Hope Health Clinic to open at new location in March

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — A section of the Hope Health Clinic is being constructed on the grounds of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Montego Bay at a cost of US$3.2 million by the charitable organisation Good Shepherd Foundation, and is expected to open its doors to the public by the end of March.

The project, which started four years ago, is being financed through a raft of fundraising efforts by the foundation.

"Construction of the modern health complex that began four years ago was achieved through a visionary approach, tireless fundraising efforts, and the indomitable spirit of the Good Shepherd Foundation members and its supporters," said Baldwin Powell, a board member of the foundation.

Upon completion, in addition to general medical services, the new Hope Health Clinic will incorporate dental, ophthalmological, and pharmaceutical services.

The building will also have an out-patient clinic, doctors’ rooms, a pharmacy, living quarters for residents and visiting doctors, 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.

"The planned accommodations for visiting medical missions and a chapel demonstrate the group’s commitment to meet not only practical needs, but also to administer spiritual comfort to patients and their caregivers," said Powell.

At the recent invitation of Kishin Samtani — a director of the Good Shepherd Foundation who also serves as Honorary Consul General for South Korea — Lim Jong Seon, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and his family met with The Most Reverend Burchell McPherson, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Montego Bay and Patron of the Good Shepherd Foundation, to review the progress being made at the construction site.

"The centre has made remarkable progress in the last couple of weeks," Samtani said.

"Tiling of the reception, dental and other general areas are slated to be finished within a few days, and preliminary landscaping of the parking lot and boundaries will be completed by next week."

The Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, well-known for his love of Jamaica and its inimitable culture, presented Bishop McPherson with token gifts as confirmation of his support for the initiative.

Hope Health Clinic was established 40 years ago. The majority of patients are the working poor, and 90 per cent are uninsured. Medical services are provided at a very low cost, but no one is turned away because of the inability to pay. Over 20,000 patients are seen annually. The clinic, now located in Albion, St James, will be relocated to the grounds of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Montego Bay, when construction of the new facility is complete.

— Mark Cummings

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