New cardiology and diagnostic radiology services coming

A Caymanian family is getting ready to launch two health care services on the island in the next few months.

Husband and wife team Jacqueline and Phillip Ebanks will be opening The Heart Health Centre, which will offer outpatient cardiology services. Their aim is to provide innovative and personalised services in cardiology. They will be bringing in cardiologists from the US to see patients on a rotating basis. Services will include echocardiography and stress testing and nuclear imaging on state of the art equipment.

Mr. Ebanks’ mother, Rebecca Smith will be opening KY Imaging, which will specialise in diagnostic radiology.

While the Ebanks acknowledge they are not health care practitioners, they were driven to open the Hearth Health Centre, because Mr. Ebanks’ father passed away from congenital heart disease a few years ago. He was 58 and the type of heart disease the father had means that his biological children and grandchildren are more susceptible to this disease explained Ms. Ebanks.

But education and testing are the keys to catching heart disease at the early stages so the patients can be treated earlier and live longer, healthier life added Ms. Banks.

The Heart Health Centre is part of their personal drive to help other families get excellent cardiology care.

‘We researched the different services and cardiology kept coming up over and over,’ said Ms. Ebanks. ‘And the time was right to start this service.’

When KY Imaging opens it will provide MRI, MRA, bone density, fluoroscopy, ultrasounds and nuclear medicine says Ms. Smith.

“My interest in health has always been to provide the highest standard of care at an affordable price to all and this venture will do no less,’ said Ms. Smith.

Ms. Smith has a lengthy background in healthcare. In 1976, she founded the laboratory, Cayman Diagnostic. She went on to start and manage Cayman Medical and Surgical Centre, which provided laboratory and radiology services before it closed down in 2004 as a result of Hurricane Ivan.

KY Imaging and Heart Health Centre recently co-hosted an informational seminar on the latest advances in radiology, neurology, pain management and heart disease at the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa.

‘We wanted to give people the opportunity to hear about the latest advances in radiology, neurology and cardiology,’ says Ms. Ebanks.

Speakers included Dr. Dennis Rossi on the radiology, Dr. Gary Starkman on neurology and pain management and Dr. Alison Edwards on heart disease.

Ms. Ebanks said 165 people attended the seminar including doctors, radiologists, dentists, nurses, and physical therapists. Health care professionals were eligible to receive two continuing medical education credits from the seminar.

The Heart Health Centre and KY Imaging will be adjacent to each other at West Shore Centre on West Bay Road.

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