Heart Foundation’s screening goes mobile with help from the CHASE Fund

CHASE Fund
05 May, 2017

 

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s (HFJ) life-saving screening services have received another boost from the CHASE Fund which has facilitated the purchase of a mobile echocardiogram at a cost of J$6.4 million.  The machine was officially handed over yesterday by the Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, Mr. W. Billy Heaven at the CHASE Fund’s Belmont Road address.

Mr. Heaven noted that CHASE’s focus on primary health care in Jamaica is deliberate and in keeping with the national direction and policy.  “After 15 years of intervention in the public healthcare system, the Fund is now looking at ways that we can have a larger and more lasting impact on the sector particularly as it relates to the provision of cutting edge diagnostic and rehabilitative equipment like the echocardiogram which was presented to the HFJ today”, he said.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Jamaica, incapacitating thousands of people – some of them for life – and hampering national productivity. An echocardiogram is a modern technique that allows physicians to evaluate the heart without inserting tubes or wires. The images produced allows the physician to identify various abnormalities in the heart.

The Heart Foundation currently screens over 250 persons per month at their head office. The mobile echocardiogram will enable the Foundation to screen an additional 150 persons per month at their head office and an additional 50 at satellite locations including health fairs.

Executive Director of the HFJ, Mrs. Deborah Chen in accepting the machine said “the Heart Foundation of Jamaica is very happy and appreciative of the donation of this echocardiogram machine.  Presently we have only one machine which limits the number of echo’s that can be done daily.”  She further stated that the additional machine will allow the HFJ to offer this service island wide. “We are particularly pleased that we will be able to offer this service to patients in hospitals where it may not available,” she said.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Jamaica. The Jamaica Health and Lifestyle survey found that 25% of Jamaicans had high blood pressure, 35% had pre hypertension, 12% had high cholesterol while 8% had diabetes. Over 50% of the population is overweight or obese.

“We applaud the Minister of Health for the formation of the Food Industry Task Force in an effort to address the obesity epidemic. If no action is taken there will be an additional 20,000 obese persons each year,” Mrs Chen noted.   She also noted that the HFJ also supports the Jamaica Moves initiative which aims to encourage Jamaicans to increase their level of physical activity.

The HFJ conducts screening island wide and when persons are found to be at risk they are referred for further testing. This may include an echocardiogram. The HFJ also conducts islandwide screening for sudden cardiac arrest, a test which is particularly important for those involved in any athletic activity such as football, track or swimming. After the initial screening some persons may be referred for further testing and again this would involve an echocardiogram.

Better Days Ahead for Jones Park Basic School

CHASE Fund
12 Oct, 2015

IMG_3549The Jones Park Basic School in Manchioneal, Portland has been transformed into a model school 60 years after it was established. The expansion and renovation of the existing structure was accomplished by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund, (CHASE). The handing over ceremony of the new School, took place on Wednesday September 23.
Mr. W. Billy Heaven, Chief Executive Officer of CHASE, in his address to the appreciative audience made up of parents, teachers and other members of the Manchioneal community, noted that modern infrastructure and age appropriate facilities, highly trained teachers and well-resourced programmes are essential elements of a quality and comprehensive learning environment for basic school students. “These students are at a crucial stage of life in terms of their physical, intellectual, emotional, social and creative development and must be provided with positive learning experiences,” he said.
IMG_3701Jones Park Basic School, located on lands donated by Mr. Fred N. Jones, has served the Manchioneal community since the early 1950s. Mrs. Patrice Thompson-Hall, Principal of the school, recalls that as a child, she sat on benches that were still being used at the institution. The school building was also in poor condition. Sections of the bathroom had no windows, and flooded when it rained. The Principal says these conditions deteriorated following Hurricane Sandy, forcing frequent suspension of classes.
Classes were also over-crowded, with four children sitting on one bench which would normally seat two or three; and there was no room for an indoor play area. Things came to a head when falling fragments from the ceiling resulted in the Fire Brigade closing a section of the canteen.
Mrs. Thompson-Hall said she was delighted when she was advised that J$28 million had been allocated for the infrastructure improvement – more than twice the sum originally earmarked. The project, financed under the CHASE Fund’s Education portfolio, included the construction of additional classroom space with partitions for three separate classes, a Principal’s office, staff room, computer room, sick bay, storeroom and four new sanitary facilities to bring the total number of units to seven. A fully-equipped outdoor play area and perimeter fencing, as well as classroom furniture and kitchen appliances were also provided.
“This is a complete make-over and we lift our hearts in thanksgiving to God. This new building will be a monument to show how much CHASE is a part of nation-building in Jamaica,”
she said.
Member of Parliament for eastern Portland, Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, said that the fund’s investment in early childhood education infrastructure was important to the development of the community. He also pointed to the need for functional community centres where training and creative activities could take place. He added that he would be looking for other partners like the CHASE Fund to address other areas of need in east Portland.
CHASE has committed more than J$3.2 Billion for 651 projects in the early childhood sector, representing 25% of the fund’s total income. Some 45% of the funds approved, have been allocated for the upgrading and equipping of Basic Schools.
The Fund has been working closely with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) to assist basic schools in satisfying the requirements of the Commission with respect to the physical environment. These include adequate space to prevent overcrowding, trained teachers and facilities conducive to learning.

More Top Students Athletes To Be Recognised At 2015 Courtney Walsh Award For Excellence

CHASE Fund
17 Sep, 2015

The Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence being administered by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund (CHASE), will again recognize the accomplishments of male and female high school students who excel in academics and sports, during the staging of its annual Award ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

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CHASE SIGNS CONTRACTS TOTALLNG $103 MILLION TO CONSTRUCT AND UPGRADE FIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD INSTITUTIONS

CHASE Fund
28 Apr, 2015
ducation Minister Ronald Thwaites witnesses the contracts for construction and renovation contracts amounting to $103 million to build and upgrade five basic and infant schools in the parishes of Hanover, Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Kingston. Signing is CEO of the CHASE Fund, Billy Heaven (left). CHASE Directors Dr. Rose Davies (2nd right) and Eugene Kelly were on hand for the contract signing held in the at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston this morning.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites witnesses the contracts for construction and renovation contracts amounting to $103 million to build and upgrade five basic and infant schools in the parishes of Hanover, Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Kingston. Signing is CEO of the CHASE Fund, Billy Heaven (left). CHASE Directors Dr. Rose Davies (2nd right) and Eugene Kelly were on hand for the contract signing held in the at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston this morning.

The CHASE Fund has signed construction and renovation contracts amounting to $103 million to build and upgrade five basic and infant schools in the parishes of Hanover, Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Kingston. The contract signing was held in the Alexander Bustamante Suite at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston this morning.

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JCDC Benefits From New Utility Truck and Equipment

CHASE Fund
27 Mar, 2015
CHASE CEO, W. Billy Heaven, hands over the keys of the utility truck to Dorrett Thaxter, Arts Development & Training Director, JCDC at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre recently.
CHASE CEO, W. Billy Heaven, hands over the keys of the utility truck to Dorrett Thaxter, Arts Development & Training Director, JCDC at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre recently.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth & Culture is reporting significant savings on rental costs and improved efficiency in the execution of its productions since the CHASE Fund provided funding for a Box truck, sound equipment, multimedia projector, projector screens and 2,000 chairs. The equipment was handed over recently by CHASE CEO, W. Billy Heaven at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

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CHASE SIGNS NEW MOU TO HELP EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHERS MOVE UP THE PROFESSIONAL LADDER

CHASE Fund
12 Dec, 2014

….$3 billion contributed to sector SINCE 2004

Another cadre of early childhood education teachers will get the opportunity to move up the professional ladder, due to a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund (CHASE) and teachers training institutions on November 11.   The  ceremony was held in the Norman Manley Suite at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston this morning.

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MICHAEL FRATER IS THE 2014 COURTNEY WALSH AWARD RECIPIENT

CHASE Fund
17 Oct, 2014

Sprinter Michael Frater is the 2014 recipient of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence.  Frater was honoured at the annual Courtney Walsh Award ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on October 16 but unable to attend due to injury.  The award was received on his behalf by Laurel Smith, a member of his management team.

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A CLASSICAL TREAT FROM CHASE

CHASE Fund
28 Jul, 2014
‘A PROPOSAL BY TELEPHONE’:  Award winning Classical performer Dawn Marie Virtue, dramatizing a number from the opera of the same name – ‘The Telephone’ – to the delight of the audience at ‘A Classical Evening with CHASE’, concert, hosted by the Culture Health Arts Sports and Education Fund (CHASE) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Sunday, July 20.  The event is held each year by CHASE to showcase the talents of its scholarship awardees under its Arts and Culture portfolio.
‘A PROPOSAL BY TELEPHONE’: Award winning Classical performer Dawn Marie Virtue, dramatizing a number from the opera of the same name – ‘The Telephone’ – to the delight of the audience at ‘A Classical Evening with CHASE’, concert, hosted by the Culture Health Arts Sports and Education Fund (CHASE) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Sunday, July 20. The event is held each year by CHASE to showcase the talents of its scholarship awardees under its Arts and Culture portfolio.

Soft lights, bouquets of flowers and a dazzling black and gold themed décor  transformed the Jamaica Pegasus ballroom into an operatic theatre last Sunday (July 20) when the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund (CHASE) hosted  ‘A Classical Evening With CHASE’.  The concert is held each year for special guests of  the organization,  to witness and enjoy  the performances of  some of its scholarship  awardees and beneficiaries, under the Fund’s Arts and Culture Portfolio.

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CHASE BOOSTS HFJ’S CPR TRAINING PROGRAMME

CHASE Fund
24 Jun, 2014
Project Manager of the CHASE Fund, Paulette Mitchell (right), hands over ECG machines, adult and infant mannequins and automated external defibrillators used in the HFJ CPR training to Camelia Thompson, Health Promotion and Training Manager at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica at the offices of the CHASE Fund on Monday. Witnessing the handover are: Deborah Chen (left), Executive Director of the HFJ and Nola Phillpotts Brown, Health Administration Manager, HFJ.
Project Manager of the CHASE Fund, Paulette Mitchell (right), hands over ECG machines, adult and infant mannequins and automated external defibrillators used in the HFJ CPR training to Camelia Thompson, Health Promotion and Training Manager at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica at the offices of the CHASE Fund on Monday. Witnessing the handover are: Deborah Chen (left), Executive Director of the HFJ and Nola Phillpotts Brown, Health Administration Manager, HFJ.

In recognition of CPR Week being celebrated by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), members of staff of the CHASE Fund were this morning given a first-hand demonstration of how to administer cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in the event someone near to them collapses, stops breathing or stops breathing normally.

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INVITATION FOR BIDS

CHASE Fund
23 Apr, 2014

The Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund invites sealed bids from eligible CONTRACTORS for the proposed “Construction and Renovation” of the following schools:

  • Buckingham Primary & Infant School – Hopeton District, St. James.

 

DESCRIPTION OF WORKS

Buckingham Primary & Infant School – 6 months
Renovation and expansion of the existing school building into three classrooms, bathroom, kitchen, sickbay and administrative office.

ELIGIBILITY:

It is mandatory that contractors be registered with the National Contracts Commission in the category of “Building Construction” Grade 2 and above.

All bidders must be Tax Compliant at the bid opening and submit a copy the tax expiration date. Bidding will be in accordance with tender procedures and guidelines specified in the Handbook of Public Sector Procurement Procedures (March 2014).

AVAILABILITY OF BID DOCUMENTS:

Eligible bidders can obtain tender Documents as of Monday, March 13, 2017 to Friday, March 17, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the office of: CHASE Fund, 8 Belmont Road, Kingston 5. A non- refundable fee of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) in cash or Manager’s cheque made payable to CHASE will be required for each set of tender documents. All queries concerning the Tender documents/drawings shall be made in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, CHASE, 8 Belmont Road, Kingston 5.

SUBMISSION OF TENDERS:

The Tender/s along with the required documents i.e. NCC certificate of registration, a valid TCC/ TCL and Tender Bond and are to be placed in a sealed envelope and placed in the designated tender box provided marked with the name of the respective schools which is located in the waiting area of the CHASE Office, 8 Belmont Road, Kingston 5 on or before 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017.  Late Bids will be rejected.

 

OPENING OF TENDERS:

Tender envelopes will be opened publicly on Friday, March 31, 2017 in the main conference room at CHASE Fund, 8 Belmont Road, Kingston 5 at the following time:

 

Buckingham Primary & Infant School – 2:15 p.m.

 

After evaluation of these documents by the evaluating committee, and subsequent referral to the appropriate authorities for approval, the successful contractor will be accordingly notified.

 

CHASE FUND is not obliged to accept the lowest or any bid and also reserves the right to terminate the bid process at any point before the award of a contract without incurring liability to any of the bidders. (TENDERERS SHOULD NOTE THAT THE CONTRACT IS FIXED AND NOT SUBJECT TO PRICE ADJUSTMENTS.

 


CHASE FUND
8 Belmont Road, Kingston 5

Tel: 908-4134/4144

Email: chase12@cwjamaica.com