Spanish Town Hospital gets $25m in equipment from proceeds of Sagicor Sigma Run

The Spanish Town Hospital Neonatal intensive Care Unit (NICU) last week received a donation of specialized medical equipment valued at $25 million from the proceeds of the 2018 Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run. Another $5 million was also allocated to maintain the equipment.

The hospital’s special care unit, which caters to mainly premature babies, was also a beneficiary of proceeds from the 2017 Sigma Run. In 2018, more than $14 million in medical equipment was donated when the special care unit receiving its first ventilator.

Dr. Jacqueline Wright-James, acting senior medical officer (SMO) of the hospital, in receiving the donation, noted that Sagicor, through the Sagicor Foundation, is always sensitive to the needs of the institution.

At the official handover ceremony, she said: “At the Sagicor Foundation, they are always working to be our Santas and to provide our wish list items, and for that we are extremely grateful.”

She added that following the handover of the much-needed medical equipment in 2018 from the 2017 run, the NICU nursery was significantly improved, being able to provide transformational care for its newborn and vulnerable premature babies.

Dwayne Francis, CEO of the hospital, echoed the acting SMO’s sentiments, adding that Sagicor was the largest single corporate benefactor of the hospital. He commended the financial conglomerate for placing healthcare at the heart of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme, noting that “these donations will give our future leaders a fighting chance”, referring in particular to the premature babies.

Philbert Perry, assistant vice-president, individual life insurance at Sagicor, who represented the Sagicor Foundation, reiterated Sagicor’s committed to playing its part in improving the nation’s healthcare institutions.

“The Sagicor Foundation’s mandate of ‘caring, inspiring, serving’ is engrained in all that we do at Sagicor and is further cemented in our company’s vision of improving the lives of persons in the communities in which we operate,” Perry said.

The donation includes over 50 pieces of medical equipment to help save lives, including a transcutaneous monitor, neopuff infant resuscitators, phototherapy lamps, oxygen blenders and infant incubators.

Over the past 21years, The Sagicor Sigma Run has raised more than $400 million for various child and health-related institutions and organisations across Jamaica.

The 2019 Sagicor Sigma Run was a historic and record-breaking year, with over 27,000 persons registering for the fun run and raising over $52.4 million, the highest raised since inception.

This year’s proceeds will assist the May Pen Hospital Neonatal Unit, the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.


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