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A 24-page feature celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1964 - 2014

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  • 24-PAGE FEATURENOVEMBER 23, 2014

  • 2. SUNDAY SUN SPECIAL NOVEMBER 23, 2014

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    Congratulations to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on your 50th anniversary.

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    Message from Dr Dexter James,chief executive officer of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, on theoccasion of its 50th anniversary.

    NOVEMBER 14, 1964, marked the official opening of our rock of health situate atMartindales Road.

    In this 50th year of existence,we celebrate with thousands of patients and families who havetrusted their health, lives andfuture to the Queen ElizabethHospital (QEH).

    Today, we provide acomprehensive package of

    services to the public of Barbados(and elsewhere) and with excellent outcomes.

    This package covers mostdisease conditions from the brain to the toe neurologyto footcare with only a fewmedical conditions referredoverseas for further treatment.

    During this year of celebrations,we wish to show immenseappreciation and thanks to theemployees, volunteers, boards of management, and our healthpartners, who have served thisinstitution with distinction andsupport.

    Celebrating 50 years of

    continuous service is an amazingaccomplishment for any business. The QEH is opened for service 24hours a day, 365 days a year.

    This achievement means thatthe hospital has not closed itsdoors to the public in 50 years.

    To sustain such a business as a going concern against thebackdrop of different politicaladministrations, with differentideologies, different governancearrangements, and many changesin health-care administrators is by no means a small feat.

    In spite of our manyachievements, we face thechallenge of having to do more

    with less. Innovation musttherefore be a key driver ofsustainability within this context of dwindling resources.

    We must not fear the future but embrace it. In charting ourvision for the future, let us allrecommit to a legacy of qualitycare while preserving thephilosophy of Universal HealthCoverage access to care by all.

    May God continue to bless us and oversee the future of the QEH as we continue to devote and extend ourselves to this labour of love: saving livesand strive towards Getting Better Together.

    Message from Joseph King, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

    HISTORY HAS SHOWN that this greatinstitution, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital,having reached the age of 50 years,remains a resolute, dependable, andcapable institution. An institution whichcontinues that line of success anddependability expected of the premier

    health-care institution in the country.The Queen Elizabeth Hospital opened

    in November 1964, and has achieved the distinction of being the only healthinstitution that provides the total package in health care, and because of its multiplicity of services may claim to have reached that pinnacle ofexcellence and delivery of services secondto none among the developing countries inthe world.

    Its efforts to be recognised as a fullyaccredited hospital should soon beachieved. Its management and staff mustbe congratulated for their efforts and thehigh levels of professionalism, dedication and achievements reached.

    The board of directors appreciatesthese attributes and offers its thanks to all staff past and present, whocontributed to this significantachievement. JOSEPH KING (RC)

    DR DEXTER JAMES

  • THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL(QEH), situated at Martindales Road,St Michael, opened its doors onNovember 14, 1964, to address themedical, surgical, clinical andtreatment needs of Barbados andthe Caribbean and to serve as ateaching hospital for those seeking acareer in the medical profession.

    It is Barbados primary acute caremedical facility and is an accreditedteaching hospital affiliated with theUniversity of the West Indies, CaveHill Campus.

    Since its inception, the hospitalhas expanded its bed capacity from464 beds to the current 600 bedsand can perform mostsurgeries, andspecialised care in theareas of gynaecology,paediatrics, obstetrics,cardiac surgery,psychotherapy, radiology,radiography andophthalmology amongothers.

    The hub of the QEHcan be considered theAccident and EmergencyDepartment, formerlyknown as the QEH Casualty, which in1990 was transformed into the newAccident and EmergencyDepartment.

    This department which waspioneered by Dr Irvine Brancker andDr Van Tyne, opened with a team ofinitially 12 junior doctors and twoconsultants. Today there are over 20doctors. As the busiest departmentin the QEH, doctors there attend toapproximately 45 000 patients each

    year.Operational plans for the QEH

    continue to focus on strengtheningthe delivery of quality health carewith strategic direction guided by the10-year plan for Health and the QEHCare Excellence Programme (CEP).

    The hospitals vision statement isto be an accredited healthcareinstitution by embracing a culture ofinnovation, technology advancementand continuous improvementthrough research training and

    education. Its mission statement is tobe a high quality provider of safe,compassionate patient centred caredelivered by a team of well trainedand dedicated healthcare workers,while its motto is Irrupta tenetcopula, which means An unbrokenchain unites us.

    Among the hospitals goals are:To be a centre of excellence for

    NOVEMBER 23, 2014 SUNDAY SUN SPECIAL. 3.

    SINCE OPENING in 1964, theQueen Elizabeth Hospital hasexpanded its bed capacity from464 beds to the current 600 bedsand can perform most surgeries,and specialised care.

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  • trained and dedicatedhealthcare workers, while itsmotto is Irrupta tenet copula,which means An unbrokenchain unites us.

    Among the hospitals goalsare:

    To be a centre ofexcellence for thedelivery of secondaryand tertiary medical carefor Barbadians, visitorsand persons referredfrom the region.

    To be a centre ofexcellence forundergraduate andpostgraduate teaching ofhealth care disciplinesfor Barbados and theregion.

    To provide equality ofhealth care and respectfor the rights ofindividuals, irrespectiveof class, colour, creed,religion or sexualorientation.

    To have a continuingevaluation of thecontinuing evaluation ofthe cost-effectiveness ofall aspects of health caredelivery, to reducewastage and enhanceperformance.

    To develop acomplement of highly

    motivated employees,dedicated to theprinciple that the patientcomes first in alldeliberations andactivities.

    To provide, developand maintain a workingenvironment which isclean, healthy andconducive to teambuilding.

    To commit to theupliftment of healthservices in thecommunity through thetraining of the training ofpersonnel, the provision

    of services and thepromotion of positiveinteraction betweenhealth care workers inthe community and thehospital.

    To make the best useof modern informationtechnology to enhanceand sustain theoperations of thehospital.

    To provide access to allavailable services andtimely vide access to allavailable services andtimely response toreferring practitioners

    To harness newdevelopments asrequired in accordancewith the strategicdirection of the hospital.

    To establish andmaintain standardswhich are internationallyacceptable.

    To foster communitylinkages in the overalldevelopment of thehospital.

    To empower allemployees in thedecision-making process.

    To provide all servicesin a timely manner.

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    THE DEPARTMENT OF PAEDIATRICS continues to provide optimal quality care forpatients of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. (RC)

    THE QUEENELIZABETHHOSPITAL (QEH)offers the followingsurgical services:

    Anaesthesia andSurgical IntensiveCare Unit (SICU)

    CardiovascularServices

    OphthalmologyOrthopaedicsOtolaryngology

    (ENT)Surgery General,

    urology, plasticsurgery andneurosurgery

    Women and childrenChildren

    Paediatrics,Perinatal IntensiveCare Unit (PICU) andNeonatal IntensiveCare Unit (NICU)

    Women Obstetrics and gynaecology

    Medicine and A&E Medicine

    Neurology,Gastrointestinal Unit,

    Respiratory Unit,EEG/EMG Unit,dialysis, generalmedicine, MedicalIntensive Care Unit(MICU)

    EmergencyServices Accidentand Emergency,EmergencyAmbulance Service

    Rehabilitation Occupationaltherapy,physiotherapy,prosthetics andorthotetics

    Psychiatry

    DiagnosticServices

    Laboratory Clinical chemistry,anatomicalpathology, BloodCollection Unit, labadministration,haematology,microbiology andsociology, bloodbank, cytology

    RadiologyRadiotherapyPharmacy

  • NOVEMBER 23, 2014 SUNDAY SUN SPECIAL. 5.

    THE CARDIAC CARE UNIT at the QueenElizabeth Hospital (QEH) has beeninstrumental in helping to manage and treatheart disease which is the No.1 one killer inBarbados. In 2013,