Trauma Centre for Cornwall Regional Hospital
Plans are now in place for the erection of a US$1.8 million trauma centre at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, through funding from the We Care Foundation.
Adam Stewart, chairman of We Care revealed this last Friday, during the presentation of a cheque valued at $600,000 to the foundation from the Montego Bay Yacht Club.
In the last three years We Care has pumped US$750,000 into a number of areas at the hospital. The charity organisation hopes to hit the US$1 million mark by year end.
According to Stewart, some seven specialists from the renowned Baptist Hospital in Miami Bay, Florida, have already visited Jamaica to view the hospital and presented a layout and design so work can be carried out towards making the heath care facility more efficient.
"In addition to them laying it out, they have committed to getting what the US would regard as second rate medical supplies and beds, et cetera, which they have already started to donate," said Stewart.
The We Care chairman added that what is considered as second rate in the US, and which may be three or four years old, is fantastic for Jamaica.
The hospital currently has an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department which opened in 1974 and now serves as a trauma centre; however, this is miniature in comparison to the population growth in the region.
What now exists cannot sufficiently manage any major medical emergencies in a holistic manner, such as motor vehicle accidents, gunshot victims or stabbing.
The money from the Montego Bay Yacht Club will go towards the current ongoing We Care projects such as paediatric, accidents and emergencies.
The foundation has been buying ventilators, beds, doing as much of the small moving parts of the hospital as it can.
In the meantime, Nigel Knowles, commodore at the Yacht Club, said the money was raised from a charity event that was done during their annual Marlin Tournament last September.
"We have decided to do more things in the future and raise more money for charities because our club wants to give back to the community."