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NHF CONTRIBUTES $100M TO NEW CARDIAC CENTRE AT BUSTAMANTE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN - April 15, 2019

26/04/2019

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Everton W. Anderson (right) CEO, National Health Fund and Granville Gayle (left) Senior Vice President, Information and Communication Technology, NHF, discuss plans to further upgrade the services of the Bustamante Hospital for Children with a new 20-bed Cardiac Ward.  They were at the official opening of the hospital’s Cardiac Centre on Monday April 15, 2019.

The National Health Fund (NHF) has contributed $100 million to the construction of the new Cardiac Care Unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.

The Unit, which was officially opened by Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton on Monday, April 15, 2019, is expected to serve almost 400 children who are born with congenital heart disease in Jamaica each year.

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Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton (right) cuts the ribbon to officially open the Cardiac Centre at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston on Monday, April 15, 2019.  Looking on are Everton W. Anderson (left) CEO, National Health Fund (NHF) and Reverend Elizabeth Riley, Hospital Chaplain. The Centre, which features a new operating room and a catheterisation laboratory, was constructed with contribution of approximately $100 million by the NHF.

In his remarks, Minister Tufton underscored the value of partnership to the development of the centre which will treat cardiac patients from birth to 12 years old.

The centre houses a new operating theatre and catheterisation laboratory and will have the capacity to manage 150 surgeries by the year 2020.

Chief Executive Officer of the NHF, Everton Anderson, said that as Jamaica’s health partner, the NHF was keen on enhancing the delivery of health services among all age groups.

“The NHF is pleased to have been able to invest approximately $100M in this project and we are indeed very happy at the outcome today. This centre marks a major improvement in health care, and especially in health care for the children of this country,” Mr Anderson said.

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From left: Karlene Dawson, Board Member, Digicel Foundation; Everton W. Anderson, CEO, National Health Fund (NHF); Minister of Health Dr the Hon Christopher Tufton and Granville Gayle, Senior Vice President, Information and Communication Technology, NHF  at the official opening of the Cardiac Centre located at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston on Monday, April 15, 2019.  The NHF contributed approximately $100 million to the development of the Centre.  

In speaking at the opening ceremony, Simone Palmer, whose daughter Ashalae’ Grant suffers from congenital heart disease, thanked the NHF for the subsidies provided on the NHF Card as it has significantly reduced her out-of-pocket expenses for the drugs to treat Ashalae’s condition.

“I do not have to pay for medication with the subsidies I receive from using my NHF card, so I am able to provide medication quite easily for Ashalae’, who also suffers from asthma,” Ms. Palmer said.

Under the NHF’s card programme children receive double subsidy on medication.

In addition, the concept design for a 20-bed Cardiac Ward that is to be constructed at the Bustamante Hospital for Children was also unveiled today. The design for the proposed Cardiac Ward was done by the NHF’s Projects Department.

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