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National Chest Hospital Celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMJanelle Oswald
Cuban Ambassador Bernardo Guanche Hernandez and his wife Mabel, at the National Chest Hospital anniversary event.

Albert Einstein words, 'Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,' echoed throughout the recent National Chest Hospital's (NCH) diamond jubilee Awards Banquet held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St Andrew.

Also serving as a fundraiser, proceeds from the banquet will help to purchase equipment for the NCH. The night also showcased and awarded staff members and reflected the theme, "Team works make the dream work."

Speaking of their success despite their challenges, senior medical officer at the NCH, Dr Terry Baker, told The Gleaner, "I have been at the hospital for 11 years. We are one of the smaller hospitals in the South East Region, but we are united and we know we serve a unique function and purpose to the people of Jamaica."




To keep moving forward, Dr Baker said, "We will continue to believe in ourselves and provide quality health care. We will not be limited or feel restrained by our resources. Yes, we embrace chest health, but we also look beyond the chest. We no longer just treat lung diseases and provide lung care, but have reintroduced caring for the heart providing the people of Jamaica cardiac and thoracic care.

"The hospital would like to be around for another 75 years, especially as technology advances and progress is made within the health sector. The National Chest Hospital continues to strive to be part of a system in which people feel proud to work and serve, thus maintaining standards second to none around the world. We have challenges, but we need to be proud because we have done and will continue to do great work."

Other celebratory activities included a staff appreciation day and a church service; and in recognition of World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day on November 18, the hospital hosted a community health fair to provide valuable information and related service to the surrounding communities.