British Caymanian Insurance Company Limited has donated a 2019 six-seater Cushman electric golf cart to the Cayman Islands Hospital to assist patients with mobility challenges.
The new cart, valued at just under US$14,000, will be used to transport patients from the adjacent parking lot to the main entrance of the hospital and other areas on the hospital’s campus.
During the hand-over of the vehicle on Friday, Health Services Authority Chief Executive Officer Lizzette Yearwood thanked BritCay.
She said the use of the cart will significantly improve the experience of patients and visitors, particularly older people who make their way from the adjacent Seventh-day Adventist Church parking area.
“With the golf cart patient transport service, entering our doors just got a bit easier for these individuals,” Ms. Yearwood said.
The golf cart can comfortably accommodate six passengers. It has the capability of holding a wheelchair and has side rails for safety and support for getting inside for those with more extreme mobility challenges.
The vehicle is also equipped with side enclosures to resist rain, non-skid slip resistant surfaces and durable tires.
“We heard of the need, saw where we could assist and were happy to do so,” said BritCay Health Manager Lamar Haynes.
“I hope the addition of this cart to the hospital’s equipment will provide a degree of comfort and convenience for those patients who experience mobility challenges,” Mr. Haynes added.
Ms. Yearwood acknowledged the donation was timely, with October being Older Persons Month.
“In addition to the golf cart for transportation needs, we also have dedicated parking spots at the hospital and lines within its clinics and pharmacy for older persons,” she said.