Cafe­te­ria Project on Sched­ule for Owen King EU Hospi­tal

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As plans progress for the em­i­nent open­ing and full oc­cu­pa­tion of the Owen King EU Hospi­tal, fo­cused is placed on the to­tal client/staff ex­pe­ri­ence and well-be­ing. Cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion is a mod­ern, spa­cious cafe­te­ria to serve the needs of both clients and staff of the Mil­len­nium Heights Med­i­cal Com­plex com­pris­ing Turn­ing Point Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre, St. Lu­cia Na­tional Men­tal Well­ness Cen­tre and the Owen King EU Hospi­tal.

Au­gustin Comp­ton, Con­tracts Man­ager for the Cafe­te­ria Project re­flected on his early as­so­ci­a­tion with new hospi­tal project when he served as Planning Of­fi­cer in the Planning Unit of the Min­istry of Health. He re­called be­ing part of the site se­lec­tion team for the New Hospi­tal and the Men­tal Well­ness Hospi­tal.

Comp­ton re­called that Marigot was the orig­i­nal site for the Men­tal Well­ness Cen­tre but res­i­dents of Marigot strongly op­posed the con­struc­tion of that fa­cil­ity in their com­mu­nity.

"Whilst that was hap­pen­ing, Mr. De­vaux of­fered us this prop­erty. So the gov­ern­ment of the day sent myself, the Chief Ar­chi­tect, Mr. Poy­otte, the Sur­veyor, Mr. Jn Bap­tiste and a cou­ple other per­sons to look at the site and to see the po­ten­tial. When we looked at the site we saw the po­ten­tial for two hos­pi­tals here and for­tu­nately for me I was in­volved in both of them. I was in­volved in planning and ac­tual start of con­struc­tion of the Men­tal Hospi­tal by the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment, which is the Na­tional Men­tal Well­ness Cen­tre. Be­fore I re­tired I was also in­volved in the planning, de­sign and ac­tual fi­nal­iza­tion of the con­tract for the new hospi­tal. Af­ter I re­tired, the con­trac­tor here, who won the con­tract for this project called me in and asked me to man­age the con­tract for him be­cause of my knowl­edge of this project and also be­cause of the wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence that I have as a tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer for health."

The Na­tional Men­tal Well­ness Cen­tre, Owen King EU Hospi­tal and Turn­ing Point Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre sit on over fif­teen acres of prime prop­erty along the Mil­len­nium High­way in Coubaril. Comp­ton ex­pressed his hon­our to be as­so­ci­ated once again with the hospi­tal project.

"I am elated that af­ter re­tire­ment, I have found myself still con­tribut­ing to the suc­cess of this project. For me be­ing a ca­reer of­fi­cer with the Min­istry of Health a lot of the in­fra­struc­ture was un­der my care as a Project Of­fi­cer. So, for me to have the fi­nal part of this hospi­tal is a great joy to me."

The Cafe­te­ria is designed to be one story high, with sit­ting for staff on the up­per floor and the gen­eral public on the ground floor. Out­fit­ted with spa­cious food prepa­ra­tion ar­eas, wash­room fa­cil­i­ties and seat­ing for ap­prox­i­mately 120 per­sons, col­lec­tively. The cafe­te­ria is ex­pected to be one of the high­lights and high traf­fic ar­eas within the Owen King EU Hospi­tal. Comp­ton in­di­cated that the project is on sched­ule and should be com­pleted shortly.

Then prime min­is­ter Kenny An­thony un­veils a plaque at the cer­e­mony to mark the open­ing (but not for busi­ness) of the hospi­tal named for de­ceased Owen King. Also pic­tured Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Pear­lette Louisy (left) and then health min­is­ter Alv­ina Reynolds (right).

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