Min­is­ter Tours Owen King EU Hos­pi­tal

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Fri­day June 24th Min­is­ter for Health and Well­ness, Se­na­tor Mary Isaac toured the Owen King EU Hos­pi­tal as part of her fa­mil­iari­sa­tion of ma­jor health fa­cil­i­ties on is­land. Project En­gi­neer Wen­dell Bernard and Com­mis­sion­ing Di­rec­tor Dwight Cal­ixte fa­cil­i­tated the min­is­ter's two and a half hour guided tour of the fa­cil­ity. Also ac­com­pa­ny­ing the min­is­ter on her ini­tial tour of the fa­cil­ity was her Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Cointha Thomas and mem­bers of the Com­mis­sion­ing Team for the Owen King EU Hos­pi­tal.

Se­na­tor Isaac got a first look at ar­eas such as the Spe­cial Baby Care Unit, ex­panded A&E Depart­ment, the new Cen­tral Ster­il­i­sa­tion Ser­vices Depart­ment, Phys­io­ther­apy, Pae­di­atrics, Ra­di­ol­ogy, Op­er­at­ing The­atres, In­ten­sive Care Unit, Labs, Mor­tu­ary and Dial­y­sis Unit. The min­is­ter was im­pressed with the work done thus far, the qual­ity and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of equip­ment and the gen­eral lay­out of the Owen King EU Hos­pi­tal. She gave her im­pres­sions of the fa­cil­ity at the end of the tour.

"I must say, this is a beau­ti­ful fa­cil­ity. I am re­ally very im­pressed. I be­lieve that this is world class. It is re­ally above all the rest that I have seen and I think it will more than meet every­body else's ex­pec­ta­tion. We have been told that it is on track in terms of de­liv­ery time to us and I be­lieve all Saint Lu­cians will be very happy to hear that. I am re­ally amazed at what I have seen in the hos­pi­tal, the pieces of equip­ment that are in there. The CT Scan, the MRI, all the equip­ment that we did not have that peo­ple had to go to Mar­tinique, Trinidad, to the States for, we have it all in­side this hos­pi­tal."

Isaac also had the op­por­tu­nity to see the high qual­ity fur­ni­ture which was re­cently de­liv­ered to the hos­pi­tal by var­i­ous con­trac­tors to fully out­fit the fa­cil­ity with top of the line ranges.

As the com­mis­sion­ing team gears up for the tran­si­tion­ing of the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal to the Owen King EU Hos­pi­tal, the min­is­ter was in­formed that much more equip­ment, fur­ni­ture and sup­plies such as spe­cialised beds, will ar­rive in com­ing months.

"So I be­lieve this is a state of the art hos­pi­tal and it will do Saint Lu­cia well. It may even be the best in the re­gion." Isaac stated.

The Owen King EU Hos­pi­tal is the largest in­fras­truc­tural project ever ex­e­cuted by the Euro­pean Union (EU) in the Eastern Caribbean. The EU funded both the con­struc­tion and equip­ping of the ul­tra­mod­ern care fa­cil­ity to the tune of EC$167 mil­lion.

The hos­pi­tal is de­signed to be en­ergy ef­fi­cient and re­silient to hur­ri­canes and earth­quakes.

Min­is­ter of Health Mary Isaac at the yet to open Owen King EU Hos­pi­tal.

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