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Alexandria Community Hospital to benefit from public private partnership

Ministry of Health (NERHA) | 2012-11-21 00:00:00

The Alexandria Community Hospital located in Alexandria, St. Ann is to benefit from a public private partnership between the Ministry of Health, Mind Body and Soul Health Ministry and Patel Foundation for Global Understanding. The team met to discuss plans on November 15, 2012 at Rooms on the Beach in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. Representatives of the National Health Fund were also in attendance. The partnership will see Alexandria Community Hospital upgraded to a Primary Care Centre of Excellence.

The merger, initiated by Jamaican born, Horace and Hillary Morgan, Director and President respectively of the Mind Body and Soul Health Ministry, hopes to also enlist the support and partnership of the Alexandria community. They cited passion, community participation, commitment and support from government as key ingredients to the success of the programme.

 The project will see improvements to the Dental, Curative, Mental Health, Pharmacy, Family Health, Nutrition, Diagnostic, and Environmental Health Services at the facility.

 At the meeting Dr. Kiran Patel, Chairman of  Patel Foundation for Global Understanding, a non-profit organization located in Tampa, Florida; presented  a model of a successful public private partnership that was implemented in India by his Foundation. He explained that, “If you have a partner that is willing, dedicated and ‘invested’ you can make a big difference… there is no question that Alexandria has a great need”.  Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health, in response said that “public private partnership is an innovative approach to health care … and this Minister is committed in this regard”. He explained that Cabinet recently approved a national public private partnership policy driven by the Development Bank of Jamaica.

Dr. Ferguson then gave his commitment to act quickly,  “to do what needs to be done, so that this project can get on the way”. In the ensuing months the team will finalize the details of the agreement.

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