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Cornwall Regional moves closer to readiness

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer
Pastor Glen Samuels


Despite having to put some of its own programmes on hold, the Montego Bay-based West Jamaica Conference (WJC) of Seventh-day Adventists will continue to house several dislocated departments from the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) until normality is restored at the St James Type A facility.

In a noble gesture over a year ago, the Pastor Glen O. Samuels-led WJC took the decision to house several of the hospital's displaced services after noxious fumes forced the partial closure of the 400-bed institution, which is the premier health facility in western Jamaica.

"We are prepared to continue assisting the CRH. As was mentioned from the beginning, the church is a community-oriented organisation, and we will continue to lend a hand as long as that is necessary and it will not severely compromise our operations," Samuels told The Gleaner yesterday.

"We knew from the beginning that there would be challenges with space, in the context of our programmes, but we have been managing pretty okay."




In regards to utility bills at the WJC, Samuels said his organisation and the CRH management had worked out an arrangement to partner in the management of expenses.

"From the beginning, we gave the CRH a few months of the utility bills so they could see what the trend would have been for those months," said Samuels. "There is a partnership where we share the utility bills with them, since they have been there."

Based on the latest developments with the restoration work at the CRH, it is quite likely that they could be out of the WJC facilities within a short time.

Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority, recently shared that the eighth, ninth and 10th floors at the hospital had been cleaned of mould, which makes them all but ready for full occupation. He also noted that the accident and emergency department will be expanded within the next five weeks.