Monday 19 August, 2019

HEALTHY GESTURE WITH A HEART: Help for May Pen Hospital’s meal plan

HEALTHY PRODUCE: From left: Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director, HEART Trust\NTA, shows St Andrade Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, May Pen Hospital, and Eugena James, Operations Manager, May Pen Hospital, some of the produce from the Ebony Park HEART Academy at a handing-over ceremony at the hospital on Friday.

HEALTHY PRODUCE: From left: Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director, HEART Trust\NTA, shows St Andrade Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, May Pen Hospital, and Eugena James, Operations Manager, May Pen Hospital, some of the produce from the Ebony Park HEART Academy at a handing-over ceremony at the hospital on Friday.

The HEART Trust/NTA on Friday announced a strategic partnership with the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon as part of an effort to provide more resources to healthcare institutions across the island.

The collaboration involved the trust’s donation of food supplies to the hospital on Friday to assist in the rolling out of a new hospital nutrition programme, as well as the subsequent reduction in the hospital’s annual food bill.

“When we (recently) heard of the needs of the hospital, we knew we had to help. I’ve spoken to our premier agricultural institution, the Ebony Park Academy in Clarendon, to ramp up our food production so we can provide more assistance to clinics, hospital and infirmaries,” said Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director of the HEART Trust/NTA.

The donation included eggs, chickens and ground provisions, which were made by the Ebony Park Academy at the request of the HEART Trust/NTA in response to a news story that cited the hospital’s challenges with the cost for the provision of meals to patients at the facility, and also its plans to offer more nutritious meals to the patients.

FOOD BASKET: From left: Arden Grant-Senior, Director (Acting), Workforce Development and Employment and Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director, both of the HEART Trust\NTA; alongside St Andrade Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, May Pen Hospital, and Dr Bradley Edwards, Senior Medical Officer, Clarendon, are all clearly delighted about HEART’s presentation of food supplies from its Ebony Park Academy in Clarendon to the hospital on Friday.

The May Pen Hospital is the first in a series of public healthcare facilities that are to benefit from the initiative. In a media release, HEART said it also plans to include its trainees from other institutions, such as in construction, to volunteer at the public health institutions.

“This is the start of a relationship where the patients at the hospital can continue to get high-quality and nutritious food. All Jamaicans who come to our hospital must receive the best care, and we want to play a part”, said Dr Dyer.

“We not only have a responsibility to train our people and provide the best certification, but we are also ensuring that our youths understand the importance of volunteerism,” she added.

St Andrade Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the May Pen Hospital, expressed gratitude and welcomed the partnership.

“It is indeed a pleasure that when you work, it does not go in vain. I am so happy that Dr Dyer has responded with help for our nutrition programme, and for partnering with us in such a positive way,” he said.

In the meantime, Dr Bradley Edwards, Senior Medical Officer in the parish, lauded the HEART Trust/NTA for its renewed focus on volunteerism in the public sector.

Throughout 2019, the HEART Trust/NTA intends to cement further partnerships with more institutions in the public and private sectors.

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