The Broadway to Barbados Charitable Trust made yet another donation to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) yesterday.
It came in the form of a state-of-the-art Nihon Kohden monitor, valued around $40,000, which will be used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Speaking at the presentation of the equipment, which was also attended by representatives of donors Scotiabank and Diamonds International, chairman and trustee of the Trust, Robert Bourque, said the organization had surpassed its goal of giving $2.5 million in equipment and donations. The figure now stands at $2.7 million, making the Broadway to Barbados Charitable Trust the largest single donor to the QEH.
The organization has worked alongside hospital management over the last five years to provide vital medical equipment aimed at improving patient care.
“We were able to contribute to the MICU [Medical Intensive Care Unit] and then to Accident and Emergency Department, and we hope to upgrade their capabilities so that all the way through the system everybody who needs critical has a better opportunity,” Bourque said.
In accepting the donation, consultant in the Pediatrics Department Dr Clyde Cave said even though the number of children in the unit had declined due to the declining birthrate, the intensity of care had increased.
“The work we do requires support…more than the Government and the hospital are able to do. Intensive care is an expensive proposition and the monitor that we would have received today is the level of monitor that we would like to use in our most intensive care beds within the NICU,” he said.
Bourque said Broadway to Barbados would remain committed to the QEH, revealing that the next contributions would be to the Pulmonary Department.
He said a multi-phased project was on the cards, with the first phase costing $150,000.