Falmouth hospital gets $15 million injection
The 86-bed Falmouth Hospital, built in 1954, is to benefit from a $15.5-million injection. This is courtesy of Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Heroes in Act!on Run/Walk.
Many-time World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt had partnered with the Jamaica National Foundation, through his Usain Bolt Foundation, to host the run last year.
Some $3.5 million of this was presented to president of the Friends of Falmouth Hospital, Sheona Muschett, at a ceremony held on Friday, January 19, at the conference room on the Falmouth Pier.
The Paediatric Department at the hospital is to be the first beneficiary of this injection of funds. Carlington McLennon, CEO at the hospital, told WESTERN STAR that the money will be used to purchase essential items such as suction machines, vital sign monitors and nebulizers.
Dr Ken Garfield Douglas, CEO, Western Regional Authority, expressed gratitude for PAJ'S pledge to become involved in improving the quality of healthcare delivered at the hospital.
"The hospital has four operating theatres and an accident and emergency section. There is a 20 per cent increase in the population, there is the highway development. People's driving habits have produced more people needing healthcare brought on by accident victims. Your involvement will better help us to deliver the healthcare desired."
Gordon Shirley, CEO and president of the PAJ, said the entity he leads is committed to supporting the town of Falmouth. He said the cruise ship pier was one of the finest in the Caribbean. "The hospital is a significant contributor to the pier maintaining that designation. Cruise passengers need to know that comfortable, efficient and satisfactory healthcare is available," he said.