The ‘Peebles Hospital’ sign still mounted atop the recently renamed Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital is expected to remain a while longer as the cost for the change is predicted to be more than $100,000.
This is according to Chief Operations Officer of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA), Cedorene Patricia Malone-Smith who gave that indication during a recent airing of the Honestly Speaking with Claude Skelton Cline radio programme.
While answering questions on how soon the public can expect to see a renamed sign being mounted, Malone-Smith said: “That’s going to take a little while because the financial support that is going to be needed to do that is going to be a bit.”
“Just putting ‘Peebles Hospital’ up alone I know that the cost of that was quite substantial — close to $100,000. So, we’re going to expand on the name and all of that stuff so we have to get the quotes in and then go forward in that manner,” she further said.
Still adjusting to new name
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the BVIHSA Dr Ronald Georges apologised for not changing the sign as yet.
He explained that the hospital has been undergoing a lot of transitioning in regards to documentation following the change of its name some nine months ago. He further said the name-change is still an adjustment.
“We’ve been doing that from time to time because you know its been Peebles Hospital for quite a long time, so a lot of people slip up. But we’ve been doing that process to ensure that people get the name right,” Dr Georges said.
Commenting on the name-change — which was done in honour of former Premier, Dr D Orlando Smith — Dr Georges also said he agreed with sentiments that persons who contributed significantly to the history of the BVI should be celebrated while they are still alive.
“It is very important for any country or territory to have the things that it holds dear and the things that people can see as representing that territory,” Dr Georges argued.
Just more than a month before losing the February 2019 General Election, former NDP government, through Cabinet, decided to rename the then Peebles Hospital after the former Premier. It was in recognition of his pioneering efforts to improve healthcare for the residents of the territory.
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