New doctor joins hospital

Eryka Simmons, a John Gray High
School graduate, has begun her medical practice at the Health Services
Authority’s General Practice Clinic.

A Caymanian who has had a lifelong
interest in medicine, Dr. Simmons graduated from East Carolina University and
then from the University of the West Indies. After practicing medicine at the
university and at a number of primary health care clinics in Jamaica, Dr.
Simmons chose to return to Cayman.

“Cayman has always been my home and
it is here that I wanted to practice,” she said. “It is a bit of a culture
shock coming home after 13 years, but I am relishing the task ahead. I am
delighted to be working with the HSA at the Cayman Island’s Hospital. As a
doctor in the General Practice Clinic I am looking forward to the daily
challenge of dealing with a wide range of conditions and also getting to know
my patients.”

Dr. Simmons encourages all young
Caymanians with a yearning to practice medicine to seriously consider the
profession.

“The medical field is an area that
has often been overlooked by young locals, but there are so many possibilities
and rewarding careers in this field. The road may not be smooth, but it is
worth it at the end,” she said. 

Health Minister Mark Scotland
praised Dr. Simmons, congratulating her on “her tenacity and hard work to reach
her goals.

“She proves that young people
should aim high in their career choices.”

The Health Services Authority’s
chief executive officer, Lizzette Yearwood, said: “We are delighted to welcome
Dr. Simmons … as we strive to ensure that we provide the best possible
service for our patients. We encourage all prospective Caymanian medical doctors
to join Dr. Simmons and study hard to achieve similar success.”

Dr. Kiran Kumar, the HSA director
of primary health care services, also welcomed Dr. Simmons: “Her clinical
skills and local knowledge will definitely enhance the services offered and we
are happy that she has chosen to practice medicine
with us.”  

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