Health sector gets five more intensive-care beds
Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:38:16 PM

Taken from The JamaicaGleaner.com

The health sector received another five beds to tackle the country's need for intensive care. This, as the Adventist-owned and operated Andrews Memorial Hospital (AMH) in St Andrew officially opened its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) last Friday.

AMH, which was founded in 1944 by an international team of missionaries, is the first private hospital to open an ICU in Jamaica. It is estimated that the island's health sector has less than 40 ICU beds, which is considered below the required need for the service.


Dr. Patric Rutherford (left), President of Andrews Memorial Hospital talks about aspects of the patient monitor with Dr. Keith Wedderburn (second left) owner of Montego Bay Hospital and Mr. Lars Houmann, President of Florida Hospital.

"We are very happy to offer this critical service in our drive to provide higher-quality health care to patients," said Dr Patric Rutherford, president of AMH. "This will also allow us to care for patients who we would normally have to transfer to the Kingston Public Hospital or the University Hospital of West Indies."


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