Baptist Health opens office in Cayman

Baptist Health South Florida recently opened its first international office at Governors Square.

Ana Basil

Ana Basil of Baptist Health speaks at the opening ceremony as Health Minister Mark Scotland; George Foyo of Baptist Health and Allen Brenteson of Baptist Health look on.

The aim of the new office is to facilitate residents getting specialist medical care, which is not available in the Cayman Islands.

This is the first international office of Baptist Health said the international relations director Ana Bassil.

‘The Cayman Islands international office will serve as an extension of the Baptist Health services departments in Miami,’ said Ms. Bassil. ‘Our local presence will expand a more personalized service and it will be a second point of contact for physicians, insurance companies and patients relating to tertiary care at Baptist.’

Speaking at the grand opening ceremony, the Health Minister Mark Scotland welcomed the new office in Grand Cayman. He also noted that Baptist Health executives and doctors have been traveling back and forth for several years to work with local doctors and hospitals.

‘Having administrative support on island will greatly enhance the aftercare for Baptist Health’s local tertiary care patients,’ said Mr. Scotland. ‘Instead of making an impersonal phone call, patients will now have the opportunity to deal with someone face to face.

‘It is important that we have a modern, sustainable and well-rounded health services for our residents. Thus we will continue to build on existing partnerships such as this one,’ added Mr. Scotland.

About 140 people attended the grand opening ceremony of the international office which included people from the health care and insurance industry, government officials, community leaders and several doctors and executives from Baptist Health South Florida.

The office will be staffed by administrator Nurleen Rotchell and commercial representative Jeanette Verhoeven.

Baptist Health has six hospitals in southern Florida as well as the Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, considered a centre of excellence for cardiac and vascular care.

Baptist Health provides a range of tertiary care, which is not available in the Cayman Islands including interventional radiology and cardiology, cancer, neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, micro hand surgery and robotic surgery.

There are plans to open another hospital in southern Florida in 2011. Baptist Health is staffed with more than 13,000 employees. It is considered the largest faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organisation in the region.

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