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… gifts galore to assist CRH

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
From left: Nikiesha Ricketts, manager, Radiology Department, Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), and Anthony Smikle, acting chief executive officer, CRH, accept a checque for $250,000 from Sophia McIntosh, lecturer, University of Technology Western Campus; Lloye Guwalani, fundraising chair of the Seminar Group; and Ileania Whittingham, Seminar Group president.

If there is one institution in western Jamaica that can vouch for the importance of charitable organisations, it is the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), which has been the beneficiary of much-needed cash, kind and hands-on assistance from numerous corporate donors and philantrophists.

With the demand for its services constantly increasing on account of the growing number of accident and crime victims coming in daily, the charitable support, which comes in many different forms and addresses a variety of needs, has become just as important as the medical personnel providing the hands-on care.

Over the past three years, The Gleaner has reported extensively on the outpouring of support the hospital has received from both local and international charities. While the full extent of the support has never been quantified, there is no question that it amounts to millions of dollars.

Below, in chronological order, are 10 of the more substantial gifts and services the hospital has received over the past two years.

- July 2014 - The American-based Grodzin Foundation donated a US$7,200 defibrillator (used for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias and ventricular fibrillation) to the hospital. The foundation is affiliated to the American Friends of Jamaica and We Care, a charity group committed to supporting the hospital.

- July 2015 - Scotiabank Jamaica delivered on a promise with the presentation of an electrosurgical unit to the hospital's paediatric ward. The unit, which cost $1.5 million, was presented to the hospital's CEO Anthony Smikle.

- October 2015 - Rainforest Seafoods presented the We Care for Cornwall Regional Hospital Foundation with a $8.5-million cheque, representing the proceeds from its annual Rainforest Seafood Festival.

- January 2016 - The non-profit organisation, Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At Home, which is based in New Jersey, United States, donated two much-needed Philips-branded foetal heart-monitoring systems to the hospital.

- March 2016 - The Montego Bay Yacht Club handed over a cheque for J$600,000 to the We Care Foundation, which is spearheading the construction of a US$1.8-million trauma centre at the hospital.

- March 2016 - Bridge of Life, a not-for-profit group from Denver, Colorado, spearhead 40 fistula surgeries in four days at the hospital. Patients suffering with renal failure were given the independence from catheter (thin, flexible tubes) that are prone to infection.

- April 2016 - British financier and philanthropist Christopher Hohn announced that his Children's Investment Fund Foundation will be funding a modern state-of-the-art sterilisation unit, valued at approximately $24.4 million (US$200,000), at the hospital.

- June 2016 - Equipment and medical supplies valued at J$16 million were donated to the hospital from proceeds of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run 2015. The donation went towards the strengthening of the Paediatric Unit at the hospital.

- June 2016 - The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation handed over a neuromuscular electrical stimulator to the hospital. The equipment, which is valued at over $356,000, was made in partnership with the Montego Bay Freezone.

- June 2016 - The UTech Western Campus Seminar Group donated $250,000 to the hospital to assist with the purchase of an illuminator for the Mammography Suite. The equipment will help in the early detection of developing tumors in the breast.