The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) has assembled a team to partner with the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) Oversight Committee as rehabilitation work continues at the Type-A institution in St. James.
Newly elected President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Oral Heaven, made the disclosure while addressing journalists at the hospital on Thursday, July 7.
He indicated that the MBCCI team will work closely with CRH Oversight Committee, chaired by Dr. Jeffery East, to ensure the timely completion of the hospital that is projected to be fully rehabilitated in the next 24 to 30 months.
Additionally, Mr. Heaven noted that the team is to work with the management of the hospital to provide support, as it relates to equipment and whatever else is needed.
“That’s the purpose of the committee because we realize the importance of this hospital to western Jamaica. CRH is important to us and it’s a major Type-A hospital that service not just St. James, but the entire western Jamaica. So, it is important that we see this hospital up and running to its full capacity,” he stated.
Mr. Heaven informed that the MBCCI recently raised over $5 million from a telethon to be used to purchase hospital equipment.
“There are some things that we will be purchasing and for transparency, want to ensure that whatever list we get from the hospital, and whatever funds we spend, it is in the public to show whatever we do for the hospital,” he added.
For his part, Senior Medical Officer of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Dr. Derek Harvey, outlined that the hospital in need of several equipment for the Paediatrics, Accident and Emergency (A&E) and the laboratory.
“The A&E department needs things like stretchers or trolleys to transport persons between the various departments.
Cots have come with a need because not only is there the need for children on the wards, but there’s a need for having the children’s housed in the A&E department,” Dr. Harvey explained.
He further noted that “there are some important small items which are needed for the lab, and we have supplied those items [to MBCCI] to see if they can be purchased for the lab to improve the quality of the care we deliver here”.