New hospital board appointed

Several new faces will join the board members of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority.

The board chairman will be Albert Anderson, replacing Canover Watson. Jonathan Tibbetts is deputy chair, succeeding Peter Young.

Wanda Ebanks will continue as legal adviser, and Ryan Walrond will remain as IT representative.

Karie Bergstrom will be the human resources representative, Baron Jacob will be the accountant, and Ruthlyn Pomares is medical expert.

Cayman’s Minister of Health Osbourne Bodden said he is confident in the board’s new composition.

“I’m very excited at the prospect of us working together to improve our health services in this country and finding the best way forward for the HSA at this time,” he said. “This is an extremely active time for Cayman’s medical industry, and medical tourism is on the rise. Hence these are interesting times to reshape and guide our future plans.”

Mr. Bodden reiterated the government’s goal to ensure affordable and accessible local healthcare.

“Overseas healthcare is very expensive and we have to seek to improve our local offerings to reduce this,” he said.

Mr. Bodden also expressed his gratitude to the outgoing board members for their work over the years.

Lizzette Yearwood, Health Services CEO, said the main challenges facing the board include balancing the medical needs of the population with rising healthcare costs.