Group delivers on new emergency vehicles

Two new emergency and disaster response vehicles have been donated for health care service in the Cayman Islands, thanks to a group of businesses incorporated in and doing business in Cayman.

The delivery in early October of a two-ton box truck to pick up and distribute medical supplies to Grand Cayman’s hospital branches and a fully equipped disaster van follows the earlier purchase of a new ambulance for the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority by the group.

All three vehicles replace those damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, states a press release.

‘The Cayman Islands were struck a tremendous blow by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Thankfully, Wilma was far kinder,’ said Jack McCarthy, president of Risk Management Foundation, the medical insurance program for Harvard University’s teaching hospitals in Boston, whose captive has been in Cayman since 1976. ‘Those of us who have benefited from locating in the Caymans want to help the island’s people secure their health care delivery, as a way of saying thank you.’

The group has raised over $230,000 and plans to raise more. Donors in the first round were led by Bon Secours Health System, Inc., CRICO, and other captives as well as AVRECO, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, and Tillinghast.

CRICO and the Insurance Managers Association of the Cayman Islands are initiating a second round of donations. The goal this time is to be able to put a new roof on the Medical Management Building, which holds the bulk of the island’s medical supplies.

The roof looked OK at first,’ said Cayman Islands Health Services Authority CEO Shirline Henriques. Closer inspection revealed structural problems that threaten $12 million of stock and will cost nearly a quarter million to repair. Meanwhile, Ms Henriques said they protect some materials by using plastic wrap, keeping some supplies high off the floor and a lot of praying. Because the building holds supplies for the islands’ two hospitals and all district clinics, further damage to the roof could shut down health care on the Caymans.

Anyone interested in participating in this effort, can contact either Jack McCarthy (617-679-1263), or David Whitefield (345-925-0798) and Tom Clark (345-914-7501), both at HSBC Cayman.