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Financial health top priority for new CEO

Acknowledging that the Health Services Authority has many issues to deal with, some more pressing than others, new CEO Craig Brown is nevertheless optimistic for the future of the HSA.

HSA welcomes new CEO

New Health Services Authority chief executive officer Craig Brown met staff Friday at a ceremony to thank all the employees for their health care efforts.

Business training programme launched

Softech Computers Ltd. launched a Certified Business Professional training programme last month with a customer service class.

Beach repairs almost complete

Cabinet Minister Arden McLean said a programme to repair all the beach facilities throughout the country is in its final few weeks.

Panama hospital can aid Cayman

The Punta Pacifica Hospital in Panama City, which had its official opening last week, could serve as an alternative to Miami's hospitals for Cayman Islands residents seeking specialised medical treatment.

HSA pathologist has busy first week

The new forensic pathologist at the Health Services Authority has only been on the job for one week and he has already averaged an autopsy a day.

Panama trade mission useful

Most of the Cayman Panama International Trade Mission delegates returned home Saturday thinking the trip had been useful. More than 100 delegates from private sector businesses and various government departments attended the trade mission

Today’s Editorial March 14: Trade mission worth it

The more than 100 delegates of the Cayman Islands trade mission to Panama returned Saturday with mixed ideas about the success of the exercise.

HSA to develop research arm

The new research coordinator at the Health Services Authority is part of a long-term strategy to improve the level of health care in the country.

Three-week health initiative wraps up

The 11 participants in the Ministry of Health's 21-day health initiative have completed the programme and received their final assessments.

Mission: Panama

PANAMA CITY, Panama - The Cayman Islands Trade Mission to Panama got under way Tuesday night with a welcome reception at the Intercontinental Hotel in Panama City.

Life support instructors trained on-island

Health Services Authority medical professionals will complete a three-day programme today to become certified instructors in various life support protocols, enabling on-island training of health care personnel.

Collections improve at HSA

Despite difficulties, revenue collection for the Health Services Authority has improved, Health Minister Anthony Eden told the Legislative Assembly.

Health Authority welcomes new CEO

The Health Services Authority has appointed a Chief Executive Officer, Craig Brown, who will start 1 April.

Minister meets hunger striker

Cabinet Minister Alden McLaughlin, who is also the chairman of Cayman's Human Rights Committee, said he met with hunger striker Luis Luarca for nearly two hours last Thursday.

HSA improves disaster response

The Health Services Authority has increased its disaster response capabilities with the arrival of a specialised medical Disaster Assistance Response Trailer.

Guidelines for overseas medical loans

Caymanians continue to be eligible for government medical loans for overseas treatment. However, they are reminded that there is an application and approval process that must be followed.

Cardiologist joins HSA

A German cardiologist takes up a two-year contract at the Cayman Islands Hospital starting Monday. Dr. Peter Schultz managed a large noninvasive cardiology practice in Hamburg, Germany, from 1977 to 2005.

Child development programme launched

The Health Services Authority and the National Parenting Programme are joining forces to provide counselling and guidance for parents, guardians and caregivers in nurturing and developing children.

Brac dialysis unit officially opened

The Faith Hospital dialysis unit was officially opened Wednesday, 8 February. At the ceremony, Minister of Health and Human Services Anthony Eden spoke of the continuing efforts to enhance the delivery of health care to the Sister Islands.

Cuban asked to end hunger strike

Cuban Luis Luarca Garcia, who began a hunger strike on 30 January, was asked by the Government to end his protest after he officially filed a complaint with Cayman's Human Rights Committee, Cabinet Minister Alden McLaughlin said Friday.

Diabetes Clinic explained

The Diabetes Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital will be the focus of this month's Cayman Islands Diabetes Association meeting tomorrow at 6 pm.

Hospital beefs up security

Security cameras have been installed in the Accident and Emergency Department at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

Health chief coming soon

Four short-listed candidates for chief executive officer of the Health Services Authority will be on-island before the end of the month for final interviews.

Mrs. Eloise Reid honoured

The Health Services Authority and the Ministry of Health and Human Services joined forces earlier this month at Pedro St James to honour former HSA CEO Eloise Reid.

Patients abuse hospital staff

Increasing incidents of abuse and threats of violence against frontline staff at the Cayman Islands Hospital have prompted the Health Services Authority to team up with the police to deter further occurrences.

Cancer society eyes digital equipment

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society took an important step down the road toward improved detection of breast cancer as it launched its Stride Against Cancer 2006 walk/run Tuesday, 13 December.

Bird flu prep continues

As part of the ongoing precautions being taken against an avian flu outbreak, the Department of Agriculture has placed a temporary halt on the importation of captive birds.

Pre-natal classes set

The Health Services Authority is offering an eight-week session of classes covering a range of topics to help expectant parents prepare for the arrival of their baby.

A cartoon Christmas

Mickey Mouse and friends greeted children and handed out stuffed toys as the St Ignatius High School band played Christmas music at Cayman Islands Hospital Tuesday, 6 December.

Local case of dengue fever confirmed

The Public Health Department has confirmed that a local case of dengue fever has been contracted, the first such occurrence in years.

Today’s Editorial November 17: Controlling diabetes

Health Services Authority nurses will be screening people for diabetes at various supermarkets around the island until tomorrow.

Stay informed on female cancers

November marks Female Cancer Awareness Month, with the Cayman Islands Cancer Society planning activities to educate the public on several types of the disease.

Disaster was a test

An emergency simulation that took place yesterday morning at Grand Harbour ran smoothly despite some communication problems, according to authorities involved.

Group delivers on new emergency vehicles

Two new emergency and disaster response vehicles have been donated for health care service in the Cayman Islands, thanks to a group of businesses incorporated in and doing business in Cayman.

Air ambulance addressed

Steps have to be taken to avoid delays in getting people air ambulanced out of the country, Health Minister Anthony Eden told Finance Committee.

Today’s Editorial, 19 October: Don’t panic, prepare

Ever since bird flu struck people in Hong Kong in 1997, there has been speculation about the next great pandemic.

CI bird flu unlikely

Several government departments are monitoring the global situation regarding avian influenza and are prepared to take any necessary measures to prevent an outbreak in Cayman.

HSA mess isn’t new

Former Health Minister Gilbert McLean responded to criticisms concerning the state of the finances and accounting records of Health Services Authority by saying they have been in state of disarray for more than a decade.

Dental clinic closing

The dental clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital will be closed temporarily for upgrades and repairs.
The clinic will close 28 October 25 November.

Former minister speaks out

Former Minister of Health Gilbert McLean broke his silence last week concerning criticisms made by the current government recently about the operations of the Health Services Authority under his ministership.

EMT honoured for 17 years of service

Retiring after 17 years as an emergency medical technician at Cayman Islands Hospital, Irving Williams was honoured in a special ceremony Wednesday, 12 October.

Budget is a promise kept

Delivering on the promises was how Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts described the 2005/6 budget in a statement to the Legislative Assembly.

Financial priorities revealed

A common sense budget providing for $367 million in operating expenditure and a further $80 million of investing or capital expenditure was introduced to the House by Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson yesterday.

Activities promote breast cancer awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is being commemorated for the ninth time in Cayman, with a variety of activities scheduled throughout October. In the 21 years it has been celebrated worldwide, the awareness campaign has boosted mammogram use -

Flu vaccine on the way

The Health Services Authority is expecting this season's flu vaccine to be available by the third week in October.

Vehicles boost response

Two new special purpose vehicles are putting the Health Services Authority on the road to improved emergency and disaster response capabilities.

HSA has ups, downs

Some of the ups and downs in the use of the post-Hurricane Ivan Health Services Authority were outlined at the Cabinet press briefing.

BT dental clinic opens

Bodden Town's first-ever dental clinic will open Monday, 26 September. The Health Services Authority will be rotating staff from its George Town clinic and the Bodden Town facility will be open to patients from all districts.

HSA outlines plan

The Health Services Authority will be implementing a five-year plan encompassing six strategies for improving the health care system.

PPM: promises delivered

The People's Progressive Movement issued a report Monday to its National Council on its first 100 days in office, saying it has delivered on the promises it made during the election campaign.

Eye services could expand

The eye clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital officially reopened Friday, 26 August. Minister of Health and Human Services Anthony Eden officiated at the ribboncutting ceremony.

Students shine hospital

Four young Caymanians have spent the summer honing their medical skills at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

Youth gain from career workshop

About 50 teenagers got a taste of the working world through a two-week summer programme organised by the National Youth Commission in conjunction with the Department of Youth and Sports.

Newborn needs urgent care

A Jamaican couple is hoping that an emergency fund-raising campaign will generate enough money to send their newborn to Miami where she can receive specialist care.

HSA cardiologist here for three months

By the middle of October, Dr. Stefan Ott will finish his three-month contract and Cayman may once again be without a full-time cardiologist.

HSA to receive financial boost

The government is ready to give the Health Services Authority a financial shot in the arm as the authority looks to pay its way, the Cabinet briefing heard.

Gov’t details goals

Details of the government's broad goals in its Strategic Policy Statement were given in the Legislative Assembly on Monday.

CINICO contracts CMN

CINICO Health Insurance has contracted with Canadian Medical Network to take over responsibilities for the care management component of overseas medical treatment only.

New HSA leader takes over

Dr. Tamer Tadros, the new medical director of the Health Services Authority, just beat Hurricane Emily to the Cayman Islands.

Today’s Editorial August 2: HSA needs time

The new medical director of the Health Services Authority, Dr. Tamer Tadros, has a tremendous challenge on his hands.

Sickle cell varies from person to person

Sickle cell anaemia or the trait for the inherited disease, which can cause pain in babies as young as three months old, shows up in about 4.5 per cent of newborns in the Cayman Islands every year.

AG details crime fighting plans

Attorney-General Sam Bulgin said government is preparing a wide range of initiatives to boost police and judiciary powers, streamlining their ability to combat crime.

Never too late to donate

Come on, roll up your sleeves.

Blood donor turnout low

The blood bank reported 10 people coming out as of 1pm on Tuesday as part of the World Blood Donor Day drive.

Blood Bank appealing for donors

Another 500 donors needed. To mark World Blood Donor Day, the Health Services Authority is encouraging people to sign up as donors today.

Health care reform campaign launched

The Government's health care reform campaign formally kicked off Friday, 8 April, with Minister for Health Services Gilbert McLean, Governor Bruce Dinwiddy and other officials on hand -

Cancer Society hopes to see red

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is hosting A Red Dress Affair Wednesday to promote awareness of heart disease in women.

Second insurance writ filed

A second write of summons has been filed by the Health Services Authority against another insurance company.

Honouring nurses

The important work of nurses in the Cayman Islands will be recognized during International Nurses Week, May 8-14. Scotiabank & Trust (Cayman) Ltd. is partnering with the Health Services Authority on initiatives to highlight their role.

Church holds seminar

The Health Ministries Department of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists sponsored a Pastoral HIV/AIDS Awareness & Training Seminar April 29-May1 in concert with the Health Ministries Department of West Indies Union.

HSA takes Cayman General to court

Cayman General Insurance Company is the first of a series of insurance companies to be threatened with a lawsuit from the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority.

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