Chemo nurses get re-certified

Cayman’s only two chemotherapy
nurses, Cyndy Ebanks and Andrew Ward, have completed their two-yearly
re-certification thanks to funding from the Cancer Society.

Ms. Ebanks and Mr. Ward, who both
work for the Health Services Authority, like all chemotherapy nurses need to be
re-certified and re-licensed to administer chemotherapy treatments every two

They recently attended a chemotherapy
course in Miami and passed the examination that tests their knowledge of
professional standards and processes.

The Cayman Cancer Society, as part
of their longstanding support of the Health Services Authority and healthcare
services in the Cayman Islands, stepped in to ensure that Cayman’s chemo nurses
would be able to attend the training course and become successfully

“Cyndy and I were given $2,000 by
the Cayman Cancer Society to send us to Miami to take the chemotherapy course
and exams,” said Mr. Ward.  “They
generously paid for our hotel rooms and flights.  Thanks to the selfless contributions of the
Cancer Society, the people of the Cayman Islands will still have two fully
licensed chemotherapy nurses on staff at the HSA.  Cyndy and I are very grateful for their
assistance during these tough economic times.”

Lizzette Yearwood, CEO of the HSA said:
“Like most healthcare institutions around the world, the HSA relies heavily
upon donations from organisations and individuals to help fund the purchase of
new equipment or the provision of specialised services.  So donations like this one from the Cancer
Society are very much appreciated and necessary for us to meet the healthcare
needs of the country.”

A charitable trust has even been
set up, through Scotiabank, to promote fundraising efforts in support of the

The “Caring for Life Cayman Islands
Charitable Trust” was established in March 2009 to ensure continually improved
world-class healthcare for all people within the Cayman Islands by funding equipment,
capital improvements, research, and education for the HSA. 

The trust is governed by a board of
trustees that is independent of both government and the HSA. 

Some trust money will be spent to purchase major
pieces of equipment for the HSA, such as ultrasound machines, dialysis machines,
patient lifts, surgical equipment, digital x-ray, and an EKG machine.