The Health Services Authority and the Ministry of Health and Human Services joined forces earlier this month at Pedro St James to honour former HSA CEO Eloise Reid.
More than 500 people turned out for the tribute for Mrs. Reid, who retired earlier this year. Included among the guests were Minister of HHS Anthony Eden, permanent secretary Diane Montoya, HSA chairman of the board Pastor Al Ebanks, acting HSA CEO Shirline Henriques, and most of the members of the HSA board.
Mrs. Reid worked 30 years at the HSA, starting out as a registered nurse, before eventually moving on to be one of the longest-serving chief nursing officers, staying 15 years in that position until 2001, when she became deputy director of the HSA. In September of that year, she chaired the committee that developed the plan to move health services from a government department into an authority. In May 2004, she was appointed CEO of the HSA.
Mrs. Henriques praised her predecessor.
‘Throughout her career at the Health Services, Mrs. Eloise Reid has demonstrated the true characteristics of a great leader.
‘…to those of us who have worked with her over the 30 years she has served the HSA, we can attest to her strength of character, leadership skills, belief in the value of the human spirit, her concern for the welfare of staff and her natural ability to motivate and lead a team,’ she said.
Mr. Ebanks told those attending that Mrs. Reid’s name has become synonymous with health care in the Cayman Islands.
‘You have been a pioneer, outstanding worker, motivator and leader in the health services over the many years you served,’ he added.
Mr. Eden was equally appreciative of Mrs. Reid’s long service.
‘In all these years, you have never failed to give of your best and have always given more than is expected.
‘You were never satisfied with just the ordinary but strove to go above and beyond for the sake of the patients – whether as a nurse or in any of the other capacities you held,’ Mr. Eden said.