Broadway to Barbados returns to Barbados at the Frank Collymore Hall
Trustees of the Broadway to Barbados Charitable Trust are pleased to announce that the very popular Broadway to Barbados stage performance will be returning to Barbados. Performances will feature professional New York Broadway performers and will be presented at the Frank Collymore Hall on February 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28.
The Broadway to Barbados Charitable Trust (BTBCT) was initiated in late 2013 and formerly registered in early 2014. The Charity has been registered with the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, thereby allowing contributions to be deductible for tax purposes.
Once the MICU phase is complete, we will be pursuing other initiatives which are considered critical to the enhancement of acute medical care to all residents of Barbados.
It should be noted that all management, administrative and financial reporting is being provided, on a pro bono basis, by personnel of several of the lead sponsors.
As part of our effort in seeking participation from corporate entities, individuals, association or other groups of persons, we have initiated the “QEH 25K Plus Club and Friends“. Any project donor who makes a commitment of BDS$5,000/$10,000/$20,000 annually, for the next five years, will be identified as a Club member and will ultimately be recognized by way of a plaque to be installed in the QEH. Total aggregate commitments may be made by way of a total lump sum contribution or alternatively, by annual installments over 5 years would be more financially accommodating.
Commitments will be recognized in the following three categories:
– Diamond Donor – commitments of over BDS$100,000 (US$50,000+)
– Ruby Donor – commitments of over BDS$50,000 – BDS$100,000 (US$25,000+ – US$50,000)
– Sapphire Donor – commitments of BDS$25,000 – BDS$50,000 (US$12,500 – US$25,000)
Participation in this manner by donors will serve to better facilitate our on-going planning of priority needs of the QEH, in order to assist hospital staff in their providing of efficient quality critical care to anyone in need.
During the first two years of activities, the Trust has raised, to date, $743,581 and purchased various equipment, training programs, furniture and equipment and critical supplies.
The Trust takes a very hands-on approach by being directly involved with QEH management and particularly with Heads of Departments, in order to discuss and plan new initiatives, which includes working directly with suppliers to purchase and ensure the equipment is delivered to Barbados, installed and up and running efficiently at the QEH. Current proposed initiatives for 2015 and beyond include:
- A Nurses Appreciation Progam to recognize the dedication and commitment of the 600+ nursing staff. We expect to develop a program which will recognize selected nurses who display outstanding commitment in their daily patient care. Such nurses will be recognized on a monthly and/or quarterly basis, with recognition at the end of the year of several individual nurses who have displayed outstanding professionalism in the carrying out of their respective nursing responsibilities during the past year. It should be noted that the 2015 Broadway Show will be dedicated to the QEH nursing staff and that nurses will be given complimentary tickets to the Broadway Show.
- A Reconditioning Program of current inoperable equipment presently lying dormant but requiring certain parts to facilitate their repair and return to productive service within the QEH. We will be working directly with Paula Agbown, Head of Engineering and other Heads of Departments, in identifying and prioritizing that equipment which can be quickly refurbished and placed into operation.
- Specialized Training Programs which will serve to upgrade the capabilities of intensive care personnel within various identified areas of the QEH.
- A “Supplies” Program which will include packaged units of $200 each of daily supply requirements to service identified critical patient care areas. It is hoped that many companies, families and/or individuals will be willing to purchase a supplies package in support of the on-going operations of the QEH.
- Renovation of new office space to facilitate records retention and the re-allocation of certain administration staff in order to expand the available patient care area of the Accident and Emergency Department (A&ED).
- Once we have completed the supply of critical care equipment to the MICU, we are then proposing to initiate a new program to assist the A&ED. Working directly with head of Department, Dr. Cheynie Williams, we will identify critical diagnostic and/or monitoring equipment needs, prioritize such needs and work towards enhancing the capabilities of the A&ED patient care facility.
- With the continuing support of the Barbados Private Sector, we will continue to work with QEH management identifying other critical needs requiring support.
Both Diamonds International and the Broadway to Barbados Charitable Trust (BTBCT) look forward to the opportunity to further assist Dr. Dexter James as the Chief Executive Officer and his various Heads of Departments, in upgrading the critical care of Barbadian residents, as well as those visitors to the island who may be faced with the misfortune of emergency medical treatment during their stay in Barbados.