In an effort to additional foster collaboration and coaching alternatives, a delegation from Jamaica, together with the minister of well being and wellness, visited Hartford Hospital Monday.
Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, Alsion Wilson, Consul General and the delegation toured CESI, the Bone & Joint Institute and the Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital, to see the know-how and innovation and to focus on potential partnership pathways.
They met with Hartford HealthCare management to focus on alternatives to prepare Jamaican nurses or to provide journeys for nurses to help in Jamaican hospitals for one or two weeks, comparable to mission journeys however organized via the Jamaican hospitals.
Dr. Tufton mentioned prior to COVID they’d achieved an identical pilot program in England, the place 25 nurses had a scientific rotation in British hospitals. He defined that whereas they do have nursing faculties in Jamaica, there are restricted alternatives for scientific rotations, so having completely different choices within the United States might be mutually helpful.
Jamaica is a main provider of healthcare employees, mentioned Dr. Tufton, who would really like to see well being programs collaborate to resolve the problem of staffing and coaching fairly than compete for restricted sources.
“The Jamaican group is such a vibrant half of the Hartford group, and this is a chance to discover alternative ways to collaborate,” mentioned Jeff Flaks, Hartford HealthCare president and CEO. “We recognize the ingenuity of these proposals. Hartford HealthCare has high-level coaching alternatives with our know-how and infrastructure.”
Keith Grant, APRN, senior director of Infection Prevention at Hartford HealthCare, has been an integral half of the partnership with the Jamaican consulate and the minister of well being to enhance entry to care. He was born in Jamaica and has sturdy ties to the nation, and has helped Hartford HealthCare donate medical tools to help a brand new hospital being inbuilt an underserved space of the nation.
Throughout the tour, they mentioned how the Cancer Center has been extra concerned in cell mammography and getting out in the neighborhood to carry out screenings for various sorts of most cancers. Dr. Tufton mentioned this was an space they wished to broaden in Jamaica, to have extra clinics or cell models within the communities for screening and well being training.
Bimal Patel, president of Hartford Region, senior vice chairman, Hartford HealthCare, mentioned there’s a large Jamaican diaspora in Hartford and it’s a shared aim of Hartford Hospital to present care and sources each in Hartford and to help folks in Jamaica as nicely.
During the tour of CESI (Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation), Dr. Tufton used one of robotic simulators and described it as an space for future collaboration, as they’ve robotics and a few simulation alternatives, however not on the similar stage of know-how. He mentioned there are budgetary plans for main investments in healthcare in Jamaica over the subsequent few years.
To date, Hartford HealthCare has delivered 24 oxygen concentrators, offering further oxygen to Jamaicans combating COVID. As vaccination charges in Jamaica are slightly below 60 %, these have been important for sufferers whose oxygen ranges have dropped too low.
Hartford HealthCare additionally has donated a quantity of medical provides to Jamaica, together with:
Burdick 12 lead EKG.
Sonosite Micromaxx transportable/roll round ultrasound.
Three wall oto/opthalmoscope.
Three cell examination lights.
Sphygmomanometers, wall mounted models.
Two carts with baskets.
12 Lead GE EKG Cart.
Drug Storage Cabinet, potential crash cart, dressing trolley.
One Scaletronix mechanical scale.
Three massive safe medication cupboards.