The Children’s Corner at the General Practice Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital is now a fun and colorful space for youngsters receiving medical attention.
The paintings and equipment are a gift to the children of the Cayman Islands from the Judicial Administration, Prison Services, Sunrise Community Church and the Book Nook, which officially handed over the project on Wednesday.
A mural on the wall is decorated with brightly colored storybook and Disney characters, such as Jiminy Cricket, Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Cinderella, Lilo, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Ariel and Pocahontas. Colorful children’s furniture stacked with toys, books and other objects for play are just waiting for young ones to arrive.
Among those attending the unveiling of the refurbished site on Wednesday were Health Services Authority CEO Lizzette Yearwood, court administrator Kevin McCormac and prison director Neil Lavis.
Ms. Yearwood thanked all those involved, saying it was encouraging to see the community getting involved in the hospital system and taking the initiative to help improve the environment at the Health Services Authority.
“I’m sure the kids that are going to be at the General Practice Clinic … will definitely be distracted and entertained while they are waiting to be seen,” she said.
Updating Ms. Yearwood on the work, Mr. McCormac said the initiative involved an incredible mix of skills and ability as people from the courts, the private sector, Sunrise Community Church and prisoners at Northward had come together to create a beautiful space for the children to enjoy while they are waiting for medical attention at the hospital.
Mr. Lavis said, “It … gives prisoners a sense of purpose. Every morning they worked hard, [and] at the end they produced something which gives them structure and a sense of purpose.”
He said it was a real pleasure to donate the furniture to the children’s area. “It’s a worthy cause [and] we are always looking for opportunities to pay back the community.”
He said many teams and individuals were involved in getting the furniture organized, sourcing the toys and getting people to the hospital to do the painting.
Shanna Wallace, acting human resources officer in the Judicial Department, came up with the initial idea after a visit to the hospital when she found it challenging to distract her active 5-year-old, Caleb, while he was awaiting medical attention.
The design and the concept of the paintings were developed by artists Lacey Quesada and Alexis McDonald, both of whom worked for the courts at the time. Later, the project was taken on by a team of others, including Damani Gow, acting secretary for the clerk of courts, who put his art training to work by doing a great deal of the painting, particularly in the last few months, said Mr. McCormac.
Mr. Gow acted as team leader for a core group of painters that included Dorothy Ojerio, Raidez Perez and Darcy Noon.