St Ann COVID-19 treatment facility gifted lounge for healthcare workers

Healthcare workers the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital will now have a place to rest comfortably with the furnishing of a lounge at the facility by the Sandals Foundation and Love, Tito’s.

[L-r] Sandals Foundation Executive Director Heidi Clarke and consultant anesthesiologist at the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, Dr Hilary Johnson-Dixon.

The sterile area was prepared at a cost of J$386,000 to give doctors and nurses on call an area to recharge in-between duties in the intensive care unit amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The lounge comprises a sleeping quarter with a twin bed, a general space with three wipeable recliners, a television and a dinining space with microwave, electric kettle, refrigerator and a four-seater dining room table.

[L-r] Seated in the new dining space are Dr Yvette Anderson, maternity monsultant and Dr Grace Robinson, consultant anesthesiologist

The donation to the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, the main COVID-19 treatment facility for St Ann, Portland and St Mary, is part of a larger relief effort by US-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka, whose charitable arm, Love, Tito’s has provided US$25,000 to support hospitality workers in tourism-dependent communities affected by COVID-19.

Dennis Morgan, Chief Executive Officer at the North East Regional Health Authority, said the donation is, “important in encouraging our frontline workers who are sacrificing their lives every day to take care of persons affected by the virus.”

Acting Ministry of Health Medical Officer of Health for St Ann and Dr Hilary Johnson-Dixon, consultant anesthesiologist at the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital.

Executive Director at the Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke, added  “We are so grateful for the work that all frontline staff does to save lives and bring a sense of reassurance to the families that are impacted. We hope this lounge will help hospital workers find a sense of comfort in this space designed to help them rest, re-center and recharge.”

The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, has been actively responding to a number of social-economic needs since the pandemic reached the island’s shores.