#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, April 12, 2018 – The high ranking health care system and service offered to patients in the Turks and Caicos were lauded on the 8th anniversary of the opening of the TCI Hospitals in Providenciales and Grand Turk; a cozy celebration was held at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center this past Tuesday.
Peppered with memorable performances and lavished with kudos for the hundreds of people who have touched thousands of lives over the eight years of the hospitals existence, there were pledges to keeping going.
George Commander, Chairman of IHC Board, was on island for the ceremony, hailed the 109 people who remain on the TCI Hospitals team, the group having been there with Mr. Commander when the doors were opened in 2010. Today, there are 300 staff members serving the TCI public, including visitors to our shores.
“This is the symbol of your excellence, you excellence has achieved that. With the strength of the partnership underpinning it, that excellence is maintained and increases,” said Chairman of InterHealth Canada Board of Directors.
Remarks from the Minister of Health were delivered by the Education Minister, Hon Karen Malcolm who gave some background on the beginnings and reason for the union with InterHealth Canada: “The aim was to improve secondary care infrastructure, in addition to services as a part of a larger plan to strengthen the health sector and to bring additional services into the country. The hospitals have received diamond accreditation on two occasions through Accreditation Canada… Minister Malcolm continued with, “Thousands of clients have benefitted from the services provided by the team at both locations here in the Turks and Caicos which provides a wide array of services to both residents and visitors alike.”
The Minister labeled the relationship with the TCI Hospitals as vital to the reduction of chronic diseases within the islands.
Commander got applause for noting that the hospitals have 2,850 reasons for which to feel proud; those 2,850 reasons are the days the facilities have been opened and the days the facilities have remained on the Top 100 list of the world’s best public private partnerships.
“…hardly a day goes by when you do not change someone’s life or give them hope, You gently bring new babies into this new world, you tenderly care for those who need it, in all of these things everyday you show excellence, passion, compassion and generosity of spirit. You demonstrate this everyday.. you are a product of this partnership and we are eternally grateful to you.”
Multiple TCHTA Star Award winner, Tess Charles and the Long Bay High School steel pan band performed, cake was cut and despite the interruption of some spring showers – there was a healthy moment for mingling.
Minister Karen Malcolm, on behalf of Government congratulated the staff at the hospitals; encouraging them to continue to deliver health care with compassion and apathy.