Generous gifts for St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital
A renovated and expanded male surgical ward costing $170 million courtesy of the National Health Fund was opened recently at the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital in St Ann, much to the delight of everyone.
Of tremendous significance, also, was the input of the private sector to other areas of the hospital, amounting to tens of milions of dollars which several speakers at the function recognised. Chief among them was the US$160,000 ($20M) raised by Issa Trust from the Air Supply concert earlier this year for the Paediatric Ward, which the trust, headed by Diane Pollard, has been funding for several years now.
Another significant contribution came from American Friends of Jamaica, represented at the function by executive director Caron S. Chung, who said their only objective was to serve, hence the contribution of US$139,000.
Tankweld, through CEO Chris Bicknell, donated funds, around $8 million, to purchase an ambulance which was retrofitted through contributions from Guardian Life and which was unveiled at the function.
Food For The Poor donated 50 new beds for the male surgical ward, with Mystic Mountain putting up two million dollars for the air-conditioning unit, while Sanju Chatani and family were mentioned for their contribution towards the establishment of a new parking lot at the hospital.
When it was made known that another $5 million was needed for the purchase of the air condition unit, up stepped Prime Minister Andrew Holness with a pledge of $1 million from his Positive Jamaica Foundation.
Other pledges came from Arthur Vonstrolly of Art's Car Mart in Ocho Rios, a St Ann resident residing in New York, and a donor who wishes to remain unnamed. These contributions were in addition to several others by various organisations and companies who have assisted the hospital in the recent past. The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Ocho Rios/Runaway Bay Chapter, headed by Vana Taylor, also came in for mention for their contribution to the hospital over time. The Prime Minister described the contributions as a true demonstration of private and public sector partnership at work, adding that the role of philanthropy to the society cannot be underestimated.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) and Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton cut the ribbon to officially unveil the new ambulance donated to the St Ann's Bat Regional Hospital by Tank Weld Jamaica and retrofitted by Guardian Life. Also in the picture are Tyrone Robinson, chairman of NERHA and Shahine Robinson, Minister of Social Security and Member of Parliament for North East St Ann.