Faith Hospital reopens

In-patient unit to be named after Captain Charles Kirkconnell

Cayman
Brac’s Faith Hospital held its official reopening ceremony on Friday afternoon.

Work
on upgrading the hospital was already under way when Hurricane Paloma
devastated the island in late 2008, turning the renovation project into a
recovery project, speakers at the ceremony said.

The
speakers also paid tribute to the late Captain Charles Kirkconnell who died on
18 February.

Lizette
Yearwood, chief executive officer of the Health Services Authority revealed
that the authority’s board had agreed to name the new in-patient unit after the
late business pioneer and former legislator.

Mr.
Kirkconnell donated the land on which the hospital was built and was
instrumental in the its development. The hospital was completed in 1972 by the
people of Cayman Brac.

Dr.
Srirangan Velusamy, director of the Sister Islands Health Services, said Captain
Charles was owed a “great debt of gratitude. We really will miss him.”

During
the renovation work, some patient services were transferred to the Kirkconnell
Community Care Centre, while other services were moved to different parts of
the hospital.

Among
new and improved services at the hospital will be a digital imaging system,
which will mean x-rays and scans taken at the hospital can be sent
electronically to Grand Cayman, where radiologists can immediately examine
them, Mr. Velusamy said. Previously, x-rays were sent by plane to Grand Cayman
and it could take a week or more for results to be known.

“This
will have a huge impact for patients and for treating physicians who can now
make timely clinical decisions,” Mr. Velusamy said.

Mrs.
Yearwood, who is from Cayman Brac and whose first health-related job was at the
hospital, thanked the staff of Faith Hospital and praised their tolerance and
ingenuity in putting up with disruption and inconvenience during the renovation
process.

She
said she was also grateful to the Friends of Faith Hospital, a community group
that has supported the rebuilding work.

Deputy
Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, health minister Mark Scotland, Cayman Brac
and Little Cayman MLA Moses Kirkconnell, Peter Young, acting chairman of the
Health Services Authority board, and Yvette Dilbert, Faith Hospital’s
administrator also spoke at the ceremony.

The
renovation work was undertaken to address population growth and the advancing
age of the facility.

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Legislators and personnel from the Health Services Authority and the Sister Islands Health Services gathered to mark the official reopening of Cayman Brac’s Faith Hospital on Friday.
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