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Help for the children

Published:Friday | December 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Devon Barrett, general manager at Victoria Mutual Wealth Management Limited hands over a cheque valued at $250,000 to Dr Jacqueline Wright-James, head of the Paediatric Ward at the Spanish Town Hospital to assist with refurbishing efforts being undertaken by the institution.
Contributed Photo Devon Barrett (second left), general manager at Victoria Mutual Wealth Management Limited, presents the commitment cheque of $250,000 to Jennifer Chambers (centre), operations manager at the Spanish Town Hospital during a presentation ceremony at the facility recently. Looking are are from left: Vivianne Lawrence, investment advisor, Sister Norine Roberts; nurse in charge of Ward 8 (third left) Karlene Taylor-McKenzie, director of Patient Services; Nurse Alicia Richards, paediatric nurse; Jennifer Chambers, operations manager; Candice Thompson, acting director of Nursing Services and Karlene Mullings, manager Sales and Client Relations at VM Wealth Management (right).
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Patients and staff at the Spanish Town Hospital Paediatric Ward will see a welcoming new environment at the children's facility in the new year, following the donation of $250,000 last Thursday by Victoria Mutual Wealth Management Limited to assist with refurbishing efforts being undertaken by the institution.

Jennifer Chambers, operations manager at the Spanish Town-based health facility, says it will cost an estimated $1 million for the refurbishing exercise that should start in early January. The paediatric ward will see a facelift that should include re-painting and tiling the entire ward and possibly changing the windows if all the money required for the project is obtained.

"We want to make the facility more pleasant for the patients and staff. It is a demanding atmosphere for everyone who utilises the ward, so we want to ensure that it is more comfortable and friendly," Chambers said.

The 50-bed paediatric ward cares for up to 1,700 patients per year, with an average of 200 admissions per month. Currently, the ward has more than 52 beds and cots, 15 basinets; six walk-out cots, 14 large beds and 22-railed cots.

Dr Jacqueline Wright-James, head of the paediatric ward and consultant paediatrician, says the facility has an upward spiral of patients during March to April, and October to December of each year with 40 per cent of cases being respiratory related.

"The donation is great news so that we can improve the aesthetics of the room. VM Wealth Management is our third sponsor so hopefully we can get things started in early January," Wright-James said.

During the courtesy call at the institution, representatives of both entities were in a celebratory mood as the objectives of refurbishing the department envisioned over a year.

According to Devon Barrett, general manager, Victoria Mutual Wealth Management Limited, when the request was made for assistance in refurbishing the facility they did not hesitate as their donation would not only assist the Spanish Town Hospital but the wider community.

"Our children are the future and we felt it was necessary to provide assistance in areas that are in need and that will help our children. Giving back is important to what we do and we see this donation as helping to improve health care in the community and by extension Jamaica," Barrett said.

VM Wealth opened for business more than 20 years ago with their primary purpose then and now of assisting clients in acquiring and growing their wealth. To that end they have continued to create products and services to satisfy that need.

Their clients have benefited significantly from these new offerings as the organisation has raised more than US$120 million of $12 billion in debt and equity financing in the last three years. They are projecting growth by $61 billion, from $34 billion to $95 billion by 2018, mainly from the asset management business.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com