Sandals Foundation opens first Telemedicine Room at Victoria Hospital

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Sandals Foundation opens first Telemedicine Room at Victoria Hospital
President of the Sandals Foundation Mr. Adam Stewart (center) flacked by Medical Consultant to the Victoria Hospital Mr. Stephen King and Health Minister Hon. Alvina Reynolds (right) as well as Acting Prime Minister Hon. Phillip J. Perrier and President & CEO of the Sick Kids Foundation Ted Garrard at Friday’s official handing over ceremony.
President of the Sandals Foundation Mr. Adam Stewart (center) flacked by Medical Consultant to the Victoria Hospital Mr. Stephen King and Health Minister Hon. Alvina Reynolds (right) as well as Acting Prime Minister Hon. Phillip J. Perrier and President & CEO of the Sick Kids Foundation Ted Garrard at Friday’s official handing over ceremony.

PRESS RELEASE – The Sandals Foundation has commissioned a CAD$200,000 telemedicine room at Victoria Hospital in St. Lucia, the first of its kind, here in the country.

The telemedicine room, which opened on October 10, 2014, comes through partnership with the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI) – a not-for-profit collaboration between The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto and various institutions across six Caribbean islands.

Through partnerships in Saint Lucia, Barbados, The Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica, the SCI works to provide the best possible management for pediatric cancer and to improve the survival ratefor children affected by cancer and serious blood disorders in the Caribbean.

Adam Stewart, President of the Sandals Foundation and CEO of Sandals Resorts International notes “I believe that children who suffer from cancer in the Caribbean should have access to healthcare as children in Canada. This is why I am proud to champion this project.”

The facility will allowmedical professionals in the Caribbean to connect with SickKids oncologists and hematologists in Canada to collaborate on clinical consultations     and facilitate training and education to support the early identification and treatment of children living with these devastating diseases in the Caribbean.

It is believed that children in the Caribbean have an approximately 50% chance of surviving cancer while those in Canada have an 85% chance. Through the establishment of this room, children of Saint Lucia will have a greater chance at survival for the life they deserve to live.

“Our collective goal is to ensure that more Caribbean children are able to survive their diagnosis, and lead healthy, productive lives. One of the ways that will help us achieve this goal is the improved technology and connectivity provided by the new Sandals Foundation Telemedicine Room at the Victoria Hospital.” says Dr. Victor Blanchette, McCaig Magee Family Medical Director for the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative.

Also present at Friday’s event were Acting Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Philip J. Pierre and Minister of Health Alvina Reynolds among other key members of Cabinet.

Since the Launch of the SCI in February 2013, the Sandals Foundation has donated in excess of CAD$250,000 to the initiative.

Telemedicine rooms are already in operation in The Bahamas, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines under the SCI initiative; Saint Lucia marks the newest addition with a new telemedicine room. Jamaica is earmarked for later this year.

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  1. its good to see Sandals Foundation getting recognition for this life giving initiative. its just one of the many "daily" contributions and initiatives in improving the lives of us St Lucians. The Sandals Foundation believe it or not feeds, clothes, educates and has provided shelter for so many of our people. but sadly the rest of us never hear about it...

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