Minister Commends Collaboration For Machine

September 10, 2015

Speaking at yesterday’s formal launch of the hospital’s new apheresis machine, Minister of Health, Seniors and Environment Jeanne Atherden said was “pleased to see the collaboration that brought this machine to the Island.”

Minister Atherden said, “As Minister of Health, Seniors and Environment I am pleased to see that the Bermuda Hospitals Board continues to provide improvements to its services to our community.

“Keeping abreast of the latest technology is necessary if we are serious about improving the health and wellbeing of Bermudians and all who live here. A healthier community also means lower health care costs – a tall order, but one we must strive to achieve.

Health Minister Jeanne Atherden, Dr. Eyitayo Fakunle Consultant Hematologist, Adrian Warner Treasurer of the Bermuda Sickle Cell Association, Scott Pearman BHB Chief Operating Officer at today’s announcement

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“Investments, like this new apheresis machine, will move us in the right direction. I am also pleased to see the collaboration that brought this machine to the Island,” the Minister continued.

“Although it is a small organization, the Bermuda Sickle Cell Association recognizing that they would benefit most from the apheresis machine, is working hard to offset the cost to the hospital.

“Mr Adrian Warner, treasurer of the Association, said the Association is committed to donating $25,000. We just witnessed the first installment – a donation of $15,000 and understand that fundraising for the remaining $10,000 continues. I applaud your efforts and those of your committee Mr. Warner.

The apheresis machine:

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“I also applaud the Bermuda Hospitals Board for its dedication to providing the safe, high-quality care to the entire community. As Minister of Health, Seniors and Environment I remember that tomorrow marks exactly a year ago that I was here and witnessed the official opening of the Acute Care Wing. Please continue the good work of improving healthcare for all of us,” concluded Minister Atherden.

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