Marsh Harbour to get ‘community hospital’
By Matt Maura, BIS
Apr 11, 2012 - 12:43:18 PM
MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco
--- Officials of the National Insurance Board and Coastline
Construction Tuesday signed a contract for $12 million for the
construction of a new community hospital in Marsh Harbour.
to be completed within 60 weeks, the signing and groundbreaking
ceremony for the facility came almost 25 years after NIB completed its
first Community Clinic at Marsh Harbour in 1988.
that time, NIB embarked upon a mission to assist with the development
and extension of healthcare infrastructure in The Bahamas. They were
able to accomplish their goal by “putting aside funds for the
construction and equipping of medical facilities that would make quality
healthcare more accessible and affordable for Bahamian residents.”
The Marsh Harbour Clinic was the first of its kind.
of Health, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, said the construction of the
community hospital will replace the existing primary healthcare facility
(clinic) in Marsh Harbour.
the Public Hospitals Authority, the facility will provide improvements
and advancements in tele-medicine and tele-radiology for this area; it
will allow for the rotation of specialists in New Providence to Marsh
Harbour, while also allowing for the bridging and expansion of
electronic medical records, numerous outpatient surgical procedures and
expanded ante-natal care delivery.
residents of Abaco, including those who presently access private health
services will benefit from the new and expanded services this facility
will provide,” Dr. Minnis added.
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Government ministers, National Insurance Board officials and Coastline Construction officers taking part in the ground breaking for the Abaco Community Health Care Facility April 10 inMarsh Harbour Abaco. Pictured left to right: Algernon Cargill, director, National Insurance Board; Keith Knox, president, Coastline Construction; Edison Key, MP South Abaco; the Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Works; the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister; the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, Minister of Health and Patrick Ward, chairman, National Insurance Board. (BIS Photo / Patrick Hanna)
Health Minister said the construction of the facility in Marsh Harbour,
and “that for which we signed a contract in Exuma last week” is part of
Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham’s vision for the
development of the Family Islands.
Minnis said Mr. Ingraham, despite overseeing the affairs of the country
during the “worst recession we have seen in modern times”, has ensured
that government services were available to all Bahamians throughout the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
similar public officers were losing jobs all over the world, Prime
Minister Ingraham ensured that our healthcare professionals were secure
in their employment, and available to do their jobs of keeping The
Bahamas healthy,” Dr. Minnis said.
one who grew up on the Family Islands, he has always understood the
need for essential services to be available, affordable and accessible
for those who reside in the Family Islands and there can be no more
essential service than healthcare,” Dr. Minnis added.
Minnis said the hospital is designed “so that if any unforeseen
circumstances arise and we need additional bed space, the facility will
be able to accommodate those additions.”
bed space at the facility will also remove some of the burden off the
Princess Margaret Hospital and Rand Memorial Hospital as residents will
not have to travel to those facilities for certain surgical procedures.
They can have it done right here at home while receiving specialist
treatment as part of the Public Hospitals Authority network,” Dr. Minnis
Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis brings remarks during the contract signing for the Abaco Community Health Care Facility April 10 in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. (BIS Photo / Patrick Hanna)
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