The Pathology Laboratory and storage unit at the Mandeville Regional Hospital was officially opened on December 17, 2020. The laboratory was established by CHASE in partnership with the Lions Club of Mandeville at a total cost of $83M. In a virtual message, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, thanked CHASE and the Lions Club of Mandeville for the joint effort in establishing the facility. He disclosed that funding had been allocated in the 2021-2022 FY to equip the laboratory. Once equipped, surgical specimens and biopsies for patients at the Mandeville Regional Hospital will no longer have to be sent to Cornwall Regional Hospital for processing.
CHASE CEO, W. Billy Heaven, was the keynote speaker for the event. He informed the audience that the Fund committed $52 million in 2018 to complete the laboratory and construct a storage unit to accommodate surgical specimens, tissue blocks and slides, reagents, and also store documents. He added that since 2007, CHASE had provided J$192M million in financial support to the Mandeville Regional Hospital including the establishment of the hospital’s dialysis unit.
W. Billy Heaven, CHASE CEO, hands over the keys to the Mandeville Regional Hospital Pathology Laboratory to Dr. Colette Hall, Regional Pathologist, at the opening of the laboratory on December 2017, 2020. Witnessing the presentation is (l-r) Alwyn Miller, CEO, Mandeville Regional Hospital; Wayne Chen, Chairman SRHA; and Wendy Coley Haynes, President, Lions Club of Mandeville.
Latoya Aquart-Foster, Project Manager (right), views the Pathology Laboratory storage unit with (l-r) Dr. Collette Hall, Regional Pathologist; Wendy Coley-Haynes, President, Lions Club of Mandeville; and Alwyn Miller, CEO, Mandeville Regional Hospital.
The opening of the laboratory was marked by the release of balloons by CHASE Fund and Mandeville Regional Hospital Staff along with members of the Lions Club of Mandeville.