Vital signs device donated to pediatric unit

From left, Kendra Ebanks and Dr. Earl Robinson of the Health Services Authority collect a check for new equipment for the Cayman Islands Hospital's pediatric unit from Jeana Ebanks and Celita Zimmer of the Jabez Foundation.

The Jabez Foundation, a not-for-profit company, has donated US$2,722 to the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority’s pediatric department for the purchase of a device to check children’s vital signs.

The Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs Device provides vital signs in seconds. According to a press release from the Health Services Authority, the model selected, “with appropriate paediatric accessories, accurately and reliably measures temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, oxygen saturation in the blood.”

Jeana Ebanks of the Jabez Foundation said, “As a charity that advocates for children and with this year’s focus being on child health, we enquired as to the immediate needs of the pediatric unit and selected the item that we believed would have a far-reaching impact throughout the unit.”

The pediatric unit’s head, Dr. Earl Robinson said the department was “heartened” by the willingness of nonprofit organizations, community groups and private institutions who partner with the hospital to enhance the quality of care provided to young patients.

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  1. It strikes me as odd that a vital equipment for the Cayman Islands Hospital’s pediatric unit has to be purchased through a donation. Why the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority wouldn’t purchase it in the normal course of business? Are they broke? I am really curious.