Yearwood confirmed as HSA CEO

Health officials will announce this morning that Lizzette Yearwood has been confirmed as CEO of the Health Services Authority.

Members of the HSA board are due to make the announcement at a press conference scheduled for 10am this Wednesday at George Town Hospital.

HSA Board chairman Al Ebanks announced the appointment in a letter to staff Wednesday morning:

‘In confirming Mrs. Yearwood in the post of CEO, the board recognizes her extensive experience in healthcare as both a practitioner and an administrator,’ Mr. Ebanks said.

‘Her awareness of the global healthcare environment and especially the Caymanian context has contributed to her objective perspective which has been evident in her management of the HSA over the past two and a half years,’ he said.

‘During her tenure as Acting CEO, Mrs. Yearwood has demonstrated the capacity to lead a healthcare service that has as its priority the best interests of our patients, organisation and community.’

Mrs. Yearwood took over as the HSA’s acting CEO in October 2006, after Craig Brown was controversially fired only six months into his three-year contract. A lawsuit brought by Mr. Brown for unfair dismissal remains unresolved.

While the board has wavered over whether to appoint Mrs. Yearwood to the role or advertise for it, she has found a strong supporter in Minister of Health Anthony Eden, who has declared he wanted to see Ms Yearwood remain in the post.

Read more in Thursday’s Caymanian Compass.

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