Grand Bahama A&E Team "Give Back" in Mayaguana

(Friday February 5, 2016)

PHA & Rand Emergency Team Travels to Mayaguana to Make Significant Donation

A team from the Grand Bahama Health Services Accident and Emergency Department travelled from Freeport, Grand Bahama to Mayaguana today as part of their annual community “Give Back Event.”  The team which is comprised of doctors and nurses from the Rand Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and is led by Head of Emergency Services, Dr Michelle Sweeting and Hospital Administrator for the Rand Memorial Hospital, Ms Sharon Williams.  The team was joined by PHA Nursing Services Advisor Lillian Black-Charlton, a native of Mayaguana. 

During 2015, the staff of the Accident & Emergency Department at the Rand raised significant funds as part of an annual charitable initiative that began in 2013 and has continued each year since. In the past the Rand team has also made donations to senior citizen homes in Grand Bahama and to Typhoon Yolanda relief, a storm which killed more than 6,300 people in the Philippines alone and is recorded as the strongest storm to ever make landfall.   While in Mayaguana the team will distribute care packages comprising dry-goods and clothing prepared for the less fortunate and those still recovering from hurricane Joaquin.  Additionally, the team will offer free clinics and conduct home visits on the island for patients for whom mobility may be a challenge.

Before their departure on a connecting flight at LPIA, the Grand Bahama team were greeted by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Mr Marco Rolle and the Managing Director of the PHA Mr Herbert Brown who commended the initiative.  Mr Brown, a son of the Mayaguana soil, confirmed that the PHA had donated all medical supplies that will be used to offer care to the residents of Mayaguana.

The Grand Bahama team is expected to wrap up their visit and depart Mayaguana midday on Monday February 8.  The Managing Director forecasted that this initiative will set in motion an ongoing outreach to Mayaguana and other Family Islands where the Authority can further support the department of public health.

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