Dr Ernest Madu (left), founder and consultant, Heart Institute of the Caribbean was seen in conversation with Dr Michael Banbury, co-founder First Rock at Wednesday's cocktail reception. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
The Heart Institute of the Caribbean kicked off the third staging of its annual Masters of Medicine Summit with a fabulous cocktail reception at the Courtleigh Hotel & Suites on Wednesday, September 14. Over 40 experts and professionals impacting health-care delivery and access, regionally and internationally, gathered for an evening of tasty fare, libations, laughter and light conversation ahead of the following morning's conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Cocktail décor was provided by event designer and interior stylist Aiesha Panton of Puss Backfoot. The one-day Masters of Medicine Summit will see a group of experts discussing and assessing the state of health care in the Caribbean.
Formalities were handled by Dr Sara Lawrence-Lewis. The evening's co-host Dr Dainia Baugh, president of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, in her welcome speech, shared, "What is often forgotten is that good quality health care cannot be delivered in a vacuum. Many friction points in the health-care value chain directly impact access and quality of care available to citizens. Decisions made by policymakers, providers, consumers, and other stakeholders can directly impact the ability of providers to attract appropriate talent or resources that will drive the quality of care or ensure health equity. Each of you are therefore masters in your respective fields, sectors and areas in our society. And so, we are delighted that you are able to join us this evening, and tomorrow to be part of this important conversation at the International Masters of Medicine Summit."
The evening's compère Dr Sara Lawrence-Lewis, principal, Charis Women's Wellness and Maternity Care Centre (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
The evening's hosts, Dr Ernest Madu, founder and consultant, Heart Institute of the Caribbean, and his wife Dr Dainia Baugh, president of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Consultant Physician Dr Karen Phillips and Dr Ahmed Soliman Hegazy, clinical cardiologist at the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Dr David Walcott (left), founder and CEO, Novamed Health, was introduced to Dr Dainia Baugh by her husband Dr Ernest Madu. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Dr Ernest Madu (right), founder and consultant, Heart Institute of the Caribbean, shares the frame with Tom Tavares-Finson KC, president of the Jamaican Senate, and Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, speaker of the House. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Diane Edwards (left), president of Jampro, was spotted in conversation with Nigerian Ambassador to Jamaica Dr Maureen P Tamuno and Christopher Okonma, managing director, Total Jamaica. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
In attendance at Wednesday's Masters of Medicine cocktail reception were doctors Victoria Ojukwu (left), Aaron Baffoe and Funmi Williams. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
From left: Pharmacist Teanna Spence, Colombia ambassador to Jamaica Jairo Raúl Clopatofsky Ghisays, pharmacist Natasha St Cyr, and CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean Dr Dainia Baugh (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Dr Ernest Madu (left), founder and consultant, Heart Institute of the Caribbean, welcomed High Commissioner of India to Jamaica Masakui Rungsung to the cocktail reception. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Flanking Dr Dainia Baugh, CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, were cardiologist Dr Claudine Lewis (left) and Angelie Spencer Home principal Angelie Martin-Spencer. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
From left: Jennifer Williams, sales and marketing director, Heart Institute of Caribbean; Dr Samantha Johnson; Dr Thaon Simms; and Dr Mindi Fitz-Henley (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
From left: Al Pierre, medical director of Health Services, Ross University; Shanie Reid, project manager; Leon Phillips, president, Make Well Known Foundation USA; and Donald Ntuk, senior project manager, Inside Edge Consulting (Photo: Naphtali Junior)