When the Gift of Life Cardiac Centre opens in 2011 at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC), it will be the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, BeverleyNeedham, said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently signed with multiple stakeholders, including Chain of Hope in the United Kingdom, Caribbean Heart Menders, the Congenital Heart Institute of Florida and Rotary District 7020, for establishment of the Centre.
She told patrons at a fundraising gala for both the Bustamante Hospital and the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada, recently, that the key components of the MoU is to construct a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and capacity building. “When this state-of-the-art centre opens, we will be performing at least four open-heart surgeries each week, quadrupling the number of elected patients currently receiving this life- saving surgery. We will be able to facilitate four surgical missions each year, up from two,” she said.
Mrs. Needham noted that, over the years, the hospital has facilitated 11 surgical mission teams, performing over 200 surgeries on children at the hospital.