Three major hospital units – Endoscopy, Radiology, and Oxygen – were commissioned in Grenada General Hospital through the efforts of St. George’s University at a ceremony on March 17. The University sponsored the infrastructure for the oxygen plant and radiology unit and donated the cutting-edge digital X-ray machine, while graduate Patrick Tempara, SGUSOM ’86, a gastroenterologist from New Jersey, donated endoscopy equipment for the unit’s creation.
The 38-year friendship between St. George’s University and the Government of Grenada led to this project coming to fruition. “Today is a happy day for health care providers,” said Dr. Kester Dragon, Medical Director General at the hospital, in his remarks at the ceremony. “We are very well on our way to the modernization of our health services. We look forward to making maximum use of these new facilities.”
The new units, which are valued at approximately US $1,000,000, demonstrate the University’s and Government’s mutual commitment to the improvement of health care in Grenada. The critical upgrades for the hospital eliminate the necessity for Grenadians to travel abroad for basic services and offering modern, quality diagnosis and care in Grenada.
“Becauase Grenada has been a part of our international educational programs and has provided our 6,000+ students and 13,000 graduates with a warm and safe environment throughout their studies, we are happy to help the country improve its healthcare infrastructure.” said Dr. Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University. “We are really proud to be a part of this.”
In addition to further clinical training for SGU medical students at the hospital, the upgrade to digital equipment opens the door for further collaboration with various parties in the future, among them SGU alumni who can provide real-time consultation for specialty cases no matter where they are practicing.
“The hospital as an institution is extraordinarily devoted to providing really good medical care although hampered in many ways by infrastructural challenges,” said Dr. Fred Jacobs, Chair of the Department of Medicine at SGU. “We embrace this amazing opportunity to contribute to the health and welfare of this wonderful country that has given us such support over the years in a way that is so in tune with our fundamental mission. We know that this equipment will be used in the best of hands for the benefit of all the people of Grenada.”
“The government alone will never be able by itself to provide all of the necessary resources to do all that is needed for healthcare in our country,” added Dr. the Right Honorable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, in his address. “St. George’s University has been a true friend to Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.”