In particular, stated Minister Marcella Liburd, the generous donation of medical equipment will greatly enhance the monitoring capabilities of the maternity and neo natal units.
While accepting the gifts from Mrs. Tammy Darby, wife of the CEO of Christophe Harbour, Buddy Darby, Minister Liburd explained that the items will specifically help in the monitoring of their patients.
The Minister said that in recent discussions with hospital administration officials they were able to identify certain pieces of equipment needed in various departments, such as maternity and neo natal units.
To seal the commitment of support and social collaboration, the simple but important handing over ceremony was held at the Administration Building of the hospital, on Thursday 29th August, 2013.
Mrs. Darby said the Christophe Harbour Foundation has been working with Minister Liburd to establish the needs in the national community including the hospital. “We are trying to do everything that we can to give back to the community and to be a part of that community,” stated Darby.
She told the gathering of senior hospital officials, including Administrator Launette Adams, who were gathered for the handing over ceremony that the Foundation has collaborated with the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital to procure the much needed items.
Darby assured the Minister that their partnering hospital in the United States already has a list of future equipment needs, and they are also working with another hospital in the state of Georgia, and they are also willing to lend assistance to the medical facilities in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Expressions of thanks were also directed towards Chris Findlay, CEO, Source Consulting, USA who provided invaluable support for the shipping of the equipment.
Minister Liburd accepted the donated items, expressing thanks and saying that she recognized that this is only the first stage of the kindness and her Ministry is gratefully looking forward to the other stages of support which hopefully would be un-ending so that the hospital would be well equipped to meet its demands.
Next week three incubators are due to arrive by ship but on Thursday Mrs. Darby presented the first set of equipment including Suction Machines, Adult Paediatric Oxygen Sensors and Dinamap Vital Signs Monitors (which are used to take the temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation of patients). The Suction Machines will be used to extract mucus, blood and other body fluids from the air-passes of patients while the Sensors are to be utilized to monitor oxygen concentration in the body.
Additional parts are being shipped and are due to arrive on island shortly. Darby expressed the hope for continuous dialogue to ensure that the needs are being met and that the donated equipment remains in good condition and use.
As if to demonstrate the seriousness of that commitment, Mrs. Darby, who was accompanied by another representative of the Christophe Harbour Foundation, Ms. Akela Browne, met immediately after with Minister Liburd and hospital Administrator Adams to explore further avenues of assistance.
Also present at the ceremony were the Assistant Hospital Director, Nurse Managers and their Assistants, Collections Officer, Head of Quality Control and President of the Nursing Council.