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NHF HANDS OVER AMBULANCE TO BLACK RIVER HOSPITAL

NHF HANDS OVER AMBULANCE TO BLACK RIVER HOSPITAL

Mr. Raymond Brooks, Vice-Chairman of the National Health Fund, NHF handed over a new ambulance valued at $2.6 million dollars to the Black River Hospital earlier this week on Valentines Day, February 14, 2006

Mr. Brooks said the ambulance was part of a $20 million grant from the NHF to support the emergency services at the hospital and that new equipment was also being provided from this grant for the Accident and Emergency Department. Mr. Alwyn Miller, Chief Executive Officer for the Hospital, said with the Black River being a Type C Hospital patients in need of tertiary care must be transported to the Mandeville, Kingston Public or Cornwall Regional Hospitals. He said a reliable ambulance will greatly improve patient care.

In his remarks at the handing-over ceremony the NHF Vice-Chairman noted that other support for the hospital from the NHF included a grant of $14 million for the repair and refurbishing of the Operating Theatre, and other areas of the hospital following from the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan. ?This work should be completed by the end of next month ? March 2006,? he promised. A NHF grant of $1.5 million was also provided for the upgrading of the laundry which was recently completed.

?In addition,? he said, ?The hospital is also benefiting from a grant which was given to the Southern Regional Health Authority, for communication infrastructure in this Health Region. The computerization of the hospital has enabled direct links between the Hospital and the Regional Office.?

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