By Kadeem Joseph
More parents with ill children warded at Mount St John’s Medical Centre’s (MSJMC) paediatric unit can spend extended time in comfort thanks to the donation of three recliner chairs from the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB).
Pediatrics Department Chair, Dr Shivon Belle-Jarvis, says the donation, valued at more than $15,000, will ultimately help patient recovery.
She said staff recognise that the admission of a child to hospital can be “a very stressful time” for families and children do better when their parents are present.
“Many times, children are admitted for weeks, you know, several days on end. And if the parent is not able to be comfortable if they’re stressed, then naturally the recovery of the child will be affected,” she explained.
She said the recliners – or sleeper chairs – would allow parents to be more comfortable during visits and “therefore the quality of care that we administer here at the Mount St John’s Medical Centre will generally improve”.
ECAB is the latest institution to contribute to the complement of recliner chairs in the unit, raising the number of chairs to 13.
The bank’s general manager, Michael Spencer, said that the decision to donate the chairs came after consultations with the hospital and ECAB believes in giving back to the community through its corporate citizenship programme.
In underscoring the necessity of the chairs, the general manager said, “On one occasion, it was observed that there were either no chairs or they were not in good working condition.”
The donation was made during a brief ceremony in the MSJMC auditorium on Wednesday.