Royale Medical marks 20 years with awards dinner
The Royale Medical Hospital, Clinic and Imaging Centre in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, celebrated its 20th anniversary in fine style last Thursday night with an awards dinner to honour its longest-serving employees.
Dr Evan Nepaul, founder of the centre, and 15 members of staff were presented with plaques and citations for their years of service to the medical facility, which was open on June 1, 1996.
Those who were honoured for 20 years of service included Nepaul; customer service representative Jesenta Letman; administration representative Monica Ewart; and nurse Barbara McKenzie. Twelve other staff members were recognised for having given 10 years' service or more to the institution.
"It has been a journey, and we have had ups and downs, but overall, it is a wonderful journey. We are thankful to Savanna-la-Mar for supporting us, and we are very grateful for the doctors that have been with us," said Nepaul, in his address during the ceremony.
"Commitment is expensive. If you are committed, it is going to cost you," added Nepaul. "Commitment implies loyalty, time, and priorities, and I thank you all for being committed to my commitment."
The Royale Medical Centre was constructed on land provided by Nepaul's father, Bishop Zachariah Nepaul. The facility was born out of Nepaul's desire to provide quality medical care to the people of Westmoreland and its environs, as well as the wider Jamaica.
The hospital currently employs 34 full-time members of staff and offers services which include general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, urology, dermatology, physiotherapy, and psychiatric counselling.