The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority announced Monday that Dr. Delroy Jefferson has been appointed medical director.
It is the first time a Caymanian has held the post since the Health Services Authority was established in 2002.
Dr. Jefferson was appointed acting medical director early last year, taking over from Dr. Greg Hoeksema, whose contract was not renewed at the end of January 2012. Dr. Jefferson took up the post of medical director toward the end of 2012, according to a news release issued by the Health Services Authority.
The new medical director said he was excited to take up the position.
“How to provide top quality affordable healthcare for all is one of the biggest challenges any country faces,” he said. “I am therefore delighted to be part of such a dynamic organisation as the Health Services Authority at a time when the authority is so geared to further improving services and the quality of its healthcare provision. I am sure the position will not be without its challenges, but I look forward to working with the excellent team of professionals at the HSA to ensure we continue to improve our service offering.”
Dr. Jefferson is the fifth medical director the Health Services Authority – which runs Cayman Islands Hospital – has had in 11 years. Previous medical directors have been Dr. Tamer Tadros and Dr. Bryan Heap, while Dr. Courtney Cummings was the acting medical director for 18 months.
Health Services Authority Chief Executive Officer Lizzette Yearwood described Dr. Jefferson as an “invaluable part of the HSA team since he first joined the authority”, adding: “we are extremely pleased that a doctor of his calibre has agreed to take on the role of medical director”.
“We are also delighted that we have been able to offer the position to a Caymanian who has dedicated his training and practice to the field of medicine,” Ms Yearwood said. “We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Dr. Jefferson as we strive to enhance our services at the HSA.”
Dr. Jefferson joined Cayman Brac’s Faith Hospital in October 1998 as an anaesthetist and was subsequently appointed to medical officer in charge and deputy chairman of the HSA board of directors. In 2005, he left Cayman Brac to undertake his residency training at the University Hospital of the West Indies, with fellowships in anaesthesia, critical care and pain at McGill University, University of Cambridge and University of London.
He rejoined the Health Services Authority in July 2008 as a consultant anaesthesiologist and intensive care specialist and set up the HSA’s first pain clinic in August 2008.
Dr. Jefferson obtained a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of London and is now concluding studies leading to a doctorate in business administration from the Swiss Management Institute.
He is also a member of the European Society of Anaesthesia, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the National Association of EMS Educators, the American College of Physician Executives and the International Policy Governance Association.
Dr. Jefferson has experience in public sector management and policy, as well as strategic and board development and has served on several boards and committees regionally and internationally. He has lectured in numerous courses internationally and has authored peer reviewed publications.
He is a member of the Rotary Club of Cayman, Sunrise. Dr. Jefferson is a past president and director of international service of the Rotary Club of Cayman Brac and has obtained several leadership awards including one for strategic leadership.