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Help us! - Children's Hospital CEO urges greater public, private partnerships

Published:Saturday | August 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer
Karlene Taylor McKenzie (left), acting CEO of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, shakes hands with Renae McKenzie, public relations officer, Unicomer Jamaica (Courts) during a presentation ceremony to the Glen Owen Ward, Bustamante Hospital for Children, on Thursday. Looking on from left are Lillian Coke, ward manager (acting); Audrey Willocks, deputy matron (acting); and Denese Dacres-Reeves, department manager (acting).

Acting Chief Executive Officer at the Bustamante Children's Hospital Karlene Taylor McKenzie has said that greater partnership with the business sector is needed to help provide better-quality service at the facility. Taylor McKenzie says donation is the lifeblood of the 253-bed facility. Representatives of Unicomer Jamaica (Courts) on Thursday presented a 40-inch Mastertech television and two executive chairs valued at $80,000 to the Glen Owen Isolation Ward, which was recently refurbished.

"This kind of partnership is the lifeblood of all hospitals, and, indeed is the lifeblood here at Bustamante, and I think it is a vital part of our operations. Certainly in the meantime, we appreciate all the help we can get," McKenize said.

Though a regular beneficiary of donations by private citizens, foundations of noted persons such as Shaggy, and corporate Jamaica, the 253-bed facility at the Bustamante Children's Hospital is constantly in need of assistance to deliver on its mandate.


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McKenzie said that it is important that hospitals get support as it offers a clear advantage in that it adds to the benefit of the patients who require its services.

"In our case, it's the most precious assets, our children, that will benefit, and with partnerships such as this, it brings into account parents, staff, and other investors , and in the end, everybody then owns it," she said.

"We want to thank Courts once again for coming to our assistance. The children in this ward and the nurses who attend to them will be far more comfortable with this gesture. We look forward to further partnerships," McKenzie stated.

In May, renovation activities were conducted on the Glen Owen Isolation Ward at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. This ward specialises in the care and management of children with contagious illnesses.

"Courts Jamaica was delighted to assist by providing comfort to the young patients and their nurses on the ward and has taken the decision to present the television and the chairs. It is a small gesture of a much bigger intent," said Renae McKenzie, PRO, Unicomer Jamaica Limited.