Grand Bahama Health ServicesPRESS RELEASETuesday January 14, 2020For immediate release
PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
GRAND BAHAMA HEALTH SERVICES
AND SAMARITAN’S PURSE
In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Grand Bahama Health Services (GBHS), suffered flooding and the closure of the island’s only public hospital. The destruction of outlying community clinics in the eastern district of Grand Bahama and the loss of the GBHS emergency vehicle fleet crippled healthcare services on the island. At the request of the World Health Organization and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Samaritan’s Purse deployed its Emergency Field Hospital to provide lifesaving care to the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
The mobile hospital was deployed via two DC-8 aircraft loads, equipped with teams of doctors, nurses, and supporting technical experts. The 40-bedded hospital, which has the capacity to provide care to approximately 100 patients per day, was installed on the premises adjacent to the Rand Memorial Hospital. It is resourced with an emergency room, intensive care unit, pharmacy, and an operating room to facilitate up to 10 surgeries per day.
Samaritan’s Purse initiated its service to Grand Bahama residents with effect from September 9, 2019. To date their medical personnel have treated more than 7,700 patients at the Emergency Field Hospital and completed some 200 surgeries – exceeding any prior international medical response by Samaritan’s Purse.
Clinical care transitioned back to the Rand Memorial Hospital on November 11, 2019. Samaritan’s Purse continues to render operational support.
The Public Hospitals Authority and the Grand Bahama Health Services team are deeply indebted to Samaritan’s Purse for its immense humanitarian support to the Rand Memorial Hospital following the unprecedented devastation left by Hurricane Dorian.
The relationship between Grand Bahama Health Services and Samaritan’s Purse has afforded both entities wonderful exchanges and increased opportunities for networking. The entire team of Samaritan’s Purse came to Grand Bahama Island as strangers to our health care institution, but the professional and social relationships forged have transformed them into family and friends of the Rand Memorial Hospital.
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