2019 Milestones in the Local Media
Cayman has continued to show leadership having achieved significant sector milestones this year.
- Health City opened an expanded intensive care unit which includes more beds for specialised care, a resuscitation room and a dedicated operating room equipped with a heart bypass machine. To meet the international standards of a Level 3 trauma centre, it is staffed 24 hours a day by a specialised staff of doctors and medical personnel. Among the 21 beds in the unit, four are negative pressure isolation rooms for patients with infections that need to be contained.
- The Ministry of Health announced plans for a proposed 10-acre mini-hospital in the centre-east end of the Island (Bodden Town) with the aim of centralising some services from George Town, specifically primary medical care for eastern district residents, as well as X-rays and dialysis facilities.
- Health City’s Dr. Shetty, debuted a prototype of a healthcare App (likened to a medical WhatsApp) that would see the hospital revolutionising healthcare service delivery for patients across the region by providing; a secure platform for medical records to be instantly shared between hospital staff, real-time monitoring for various bodily stats and a way for patients to have their records and scans in their own hands.
- HSA launched their first Mental Health First Aid training programme successfully training over 60 professionals with the knowledge and confidence necessary to recognise those crucial warning signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis by guiding an affected person to appropriate support.
- HSA acquired a state-of-the-art respiratory machine that improves the diagnosis and treatment for patients with breathing and chronic lung problems. The new technology is an all-in-one respiratory function test solution that guarantees highly accurate results and provides a more comfortable experience for patients.
- A medical team at HSA (lead by visiting specialist Dr. Ivan Wong), completed a groundbreaking meniscus transplant surgery on a local patient – the first of its kind on-Island and in the region. As meniscus transplant surgery is only done by a few specialists in the world and typically in highly specialised and large academic medical centres, this was a strong representation of the standards of care and exceptional clinical quality available in Cayman.
- Cayman saw the opening of its first fertility centre, Cayman IVF, built to facilitate positive outcomes for patients across the Cayman Islands, USA and the northern Caribbean. The state-of-the-art clinic opened in early 2019 and offers the expertise and cutting edge technology comparable to clinics in medical metropols like New York, Toronto and London.
- Health City broke ground on a comprehensive Cancer Treatment Centre. The facility will include accommodation for overseas patients and be the first all-inclusive cancer care in the Caribbean, providing medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation under one roof, in addition to being a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) facility.
- Public-private partnerships resulted in Rotary Cayman donating new video laryngoscopes to the Accident and Emergency unit at HSA, Car City and Hurley’s Media donating a blood donation van for mobile blood drives to the Cayman Islands Blood Bank, and the US-based National Football League partnering with Health City to offer access to families, alumni and staff associated with the organisation.
- Bidding was opened for the construction of a CI$1-million mental health facility in East End that would provide a long-term residential space so that patients could be near their loved ones while receiving treatment.