Residents can now be diagnosed and treated for many heart conditions without having to leave the territory.
This is because the Bougainvillea Clinic officially opened the doors last Saturday to the Dr Kendall Griffith Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory – the first ever in the territory.
The cardiac lab, which is equipped with cutting-edge technology, was named in honour of Dr Griffith — an Interventional Cardiologist in the USVI — in recognition of his dedication and unwavering contribution to the new facility and the ‘steadfast role’ that he has played in the development of the cardiology services at the Bougainvillea Clinic.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith who delivered brief remarks at Saturday’s opening ceremony said it was a “remarkable and exciting time for the territory as we celebrate another milestone in the Virgin Islands healthcare.”
He continued: “The laboratory is the first of its kind and will help to reimage and reshape the BVI medical industry. This is progress made in improving the quality of life for our people. This is progress made in securing our economic future.”
He said opening this new facility shows commitment to raising the bar of health care in the territory by taking it to the highest standards in the region.
Deputy Director of the National Health Insurance, Roy Barry also had praises for operators of Bougainvillaea Clinic.
He said it is a major step in the right direction and urged persons to support the Road Town-based medical facility.
“Having a cardiac catheterization laboratory helps to fill yet another gap in the territory’s available health care services,” Barry said.
He said with roughly 36,000 National Health Insurance beneficiaries, there is a growing need for quality healthcare locally.
Chief Medical Director of Bougainvillea Clinic Dr Heskith Vanterpool said, the despite setbacks such as Hurricane Irma and getting the necessary equipment, he was pleased that his vision was finally a reality.
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