Barbados’ leading telecommunications provider, has joined with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to take an integral part in the institution’s modernisation.
A major part of the company’s contribution in the drive to make the hospital a centre of excellence was handed over last week. The 20 computers valued at more than $50,000 were delivered by LIME’s Managing Director Alex McDonald who said they can be critical tools in service improvements and health care delivery.
“LIME is proud to be able to make this very important donation to the QEH, which bares the responsibility as the No. 1 provider of health care for our citizens,” McDonald said. “Private sector involvement in the improvements at the hospital can only redound to the benefit of all of us living here, who at one time or another, benefit from its services.”
The computers are to be used in several clinical areas across the hospital, including the laboratory and radiology departments and this is part of a larger commitment from the telecommunications company.
McDonald noted that LIME would play a significant role in developing a park area at the southwestern tip of the hospital for staff and patient recreation. The donation also includes the installation of LIME’s TV service in special areas and the donation of television sets and easy access top up machines.
In accepting the computer donation, Chief Executive Officer of the QEH, Dr. Dexter James expressed his pleasure with LIME for coming forward as a corporate partner to assist the Hospital.
“As the health care needs of the population increase, the hospital is faced with resource challenges. Improvements to our service quality calls for additional resources, however we cannot do it on our own. We are always welcoming of assistance from the private sector towards meeting those needs,” he explained.
“We have already made significant strides in adopting technology as the platform for making the transformation to a centre of excellence with the introduction of a Tele-radiology solution, Laboratory Information System and the digitisation of diagnostic imaging to name a few. These computers will assist in expanding our network as we lay the foundation for an overall hospital information system.”