Officials at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) announced that the institution was stepping up efforts to deliver more efficient services to the public as it began celebrations marking its 52nd anniversary today.
While touting that significant improvements had already been made over the past year Chief Executive Officer of the state-owned facility Dr Dexter James told the congregation at this morning’s service at the Mount Zion Holy Church in America, Black Rock, St Michael that further advances were on the way.
“Some of these include continued improvement in our appointment system, management of our out-patient clinics, reduce and sustain the improvement of waiting times at our Accident and Emergency department and reduction in backlogs in the entire health care [system]. Rest assured that the management will continue to work tirelessly to find solutions to these challenges many of which are extremely complex in nature,” he said.
James acknowledged that the institution had faced many challenges in the past but expressed satisfaction that the organization has remained stable.
“One of the most significant recent developments has been the launch of an initiative called A.I.M, which stands for Achieving Improved Measurement.”
This, he explained, would help the hospital to achieve the accreditation of selected services as it expanded its vision to deliver enhanced services to locals and Caribbean citizens.
Dr James also highlighted plans to explore the “benefits of information and communication technology as a major transformational pillar for improving access to imaging studies, laboratory results and decisions.”
The hospital CEO said he was confident the Martindales Road facility would achieve its objectives based on continued support from the public and the private sector.
“I am encouraged by the level of good will and support by the Barbadian public. I would like to thank them for their tremendous feedback on how the QEH can meet their needs.
“Gratitude can also be extended to the private sector and other philanthropic organizations who have contributed vital equipment towards the physical upgrade that have led to the upgrade of our services. Through your philanthropic contributions the QEH has raised in excess of ten million dollars in donations over the past three years.”
Also addressing the service, Bishop Sinckler Howell praised the QEH staff for their sterling service over the years and encouraged them to continue to fight the good fight.
“Despite negative comments that come your way, you should still be proud of the work that you have done over the years. Continue to be proud of your achievements. Never depend on your intellect alone, but always put your trust in God,” Howell told the QEH representatives.