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Hospital benefits from Corporate Run

Published:Wednesday | December 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Professor Minerva Thame (left), head of the Department of Paediatrics at the University Hospital of the West Indies greets Philip Armstrong, deputy CEO of Sagicor Bank on Friday, December 19. Looking on is Claudett James, Senior Director of Nursing at the hospital. 
Contributed Photo One of the two ventilators valued at more than $6M presented to the Department of Paediatrics at the University Hospital of the West Indies
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Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited has presented the Special Care Nursery of the University of the West Indies with almost $6 million worth of vital medical equipment. The nursery was the recipient of two ventilators and ventilator accessories.

A part of the Department of Child Health at the University Hospital of the West Indies, the 30-bed paediatric casualty and Newborn Special Care Nursery includes a four-bed neonatal intensive-care unit. The main sub-specialties are infectious diseases, development and behavioural paediatrics, cardiology, endocrinology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology, and other sub-specialties managed in conjunction with other specialties.

Earlier this year, the company presented three other beneficiaries of the annual 5.5k road race with well-needed equipment and contracted services from the over $21million raised. They included the Sickle Cell Unit TMRI at the University of the West Indies, Sickle Cell Trust in Mandeville and Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation.

Minerva Thame, head of the Department of Child Health at the University Hospital of the West Indies, says the donation has purchased vital equipment.

"We are grateful to be one of the beneficiaries; these pieces of equipment are important in the care of the newborn and will help to improve the level and quality of health care as we work to save their lives," said Thame.

Ingrid Card, Sagicor's assistant vice-president of group marketing, said, "the support from Jamaicans was overwhelming. We thank everyone who registered, donated and volunteered to make a difference. Sigma Corporate Run shows that when Jamaicans unite we can do anything."