$600,000 facelift for QEH’s ward C9 in memory of beloved clergyman

Ward C9 of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) had reconstructive surgery to the tune of a $600,000 renovation in the memory of one of Barbados’ leading evangelists.

From left, Kavita Williams and Trustee of the Ivy-Viola Williams Foundation Paul Williams, Pastor Andre Symmonds while CEO Dexter James examines a new feature at the launch.

From left, Kavita Williams and Trustee of the Ivy-Viola Williams Foundation Paul Williams, Pastor Andre Symmonds while CEO Dexter James examines a new feature at the launch.

The Ivy-Viola Williams Foundation, led by brothers Paul and Peter Williams, provided the refurbishment, which includes state of the art equipment designed to reduce germs and save money.

This ward was blessed by Pastor Andre Symmonds, it can hold a maximum of 24 patients, it's expected to raise the level of patient safety and efficiency, while incorporating more modern technology.

This ward was blessed by Pastor Andre Symmonds, it can hold a maximum of 24 patients, it’s expected to raise the level of patient safety and efficiency, while incorporating more modern technology.

The announcement of the upgrade was celebrated by congregation member Dr Anne Hassell during a media conference at the Martindales Road facility.

Pointing out that Ward C9 usually handles "fairly sick patients", Minister of Health John Boyce said the upgrade is one of many acts of benevolence which were bestowed by the Ivy Viola Williams foundation.

Pointing out that Ward C9 usually handles “fairly sick patients“, Minister of Health John Boyce said the upgrade is one of many acts of benevolence which were bestowed by the Ivy Viola Williams foundation.

Trustee of the Ivy-Viola Williams Foundation Paul Williams said the renovation was “a much needed” one. He was confident that there would be significant benefits when it was completed – when the ward was reopened, Rosemary Ward, widow of the late Holmes Williams reopened C9 in memory of the pastor who founded The People’s Cathedral.

Williams said they took the decision to renovate the ward after a discussion with the head of the department of medicine Dr Anne-Marie Hassell in January who outlined the expected benefits.

The official unveiling of C9 by Mrs Rosemary Williams, widow of the late Pastor Emeritus Holmes Williams; with sons & Trustees of the Ivy-Viola Williams Foundation Paul and Peter Williams, and Health Minister John Boyce at the ceremony.

The official unveiling of C9 by Mrs Rosemary Williams, widow of the late Pastor Emeritus Holmes Williams; with sons & Trustees of the Ivy-Viola Williams Foundation Paul and Peter Williams, and Health Minister John Boyce at the ceremony.

A drastically improved C9 would offer an upgrade in the delivery of health care in this ward. It will definitely allow the patients a larger percentage of recovery and it will also take the stress off the Accident & Emergency, particularly those heart patients who are on monitors,” said Williams.

“So by improving the efficiencies on this ward there are a lot of different synergies that will benefit the hospital and the other wards that are critical to life in this hospital,” added Williams.

Dr Hassell added "the better ward would mean the need to employ more qualified nurses. We will also be having additional special clinical carts for each cubicle so that administration of medication is safer."

Dr Hassell added “the better ward would mean the need to employ more qualified nurses. We will also be having additional special clinical carts for each cubicle so that administration of medication is safer.”

During renovation, patients were temporarily housed in other areas of the hospital.

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