Plans for new Grand Bahama Hospital Have Reached An Advanced Stage

By: Bahamas Information Services

Grand Bahama, The Bahamas — Plans for a new hospital for Grand Bahama have reached an advanced stage, Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. the Hon. Michael Darville said.

Minister Darville, along with executives of the Public Hospital’s Authority, the Grand Bahama Health Services, Gesa World USA and Beck Group held a press conference, Thursday, December 10, to apprise residents of the strides this administration is making towards the advancement of public health care delivery in the country.

Minister Darville said it was announced a few months ago that Gesa World USA had been engaged as the key health planning consultant for the Grand Bahama Health Services project.

“Already we have reached a new phase in our preparations for the expansion and re-development of healthcare delivery for the island of Grand Bahama and the entire northern region,” he said.

“As part of the master planning for Grand Bahama, we are currently in the advanced planning stage of the establishment and construction of the first ever Community Clinic in the City of Freeport as Phase 1 of the New Rand Memorial Hospital.”

The new facility will sit on 50 acres of land four kilometres east of downtown, North on East Sunrise Highway. The two storey hospital will have a 150 bed capacity, and will feature new solutions, meet international standards, deliver acute care and focus on critical care and integrated care delivery.  It will also be a teaching hospital.

The new Rand Memorial Hospital will be a 256,600 square foot building and some of its amenities will include: five operating theatres; four labour, delivery and recovery rooms; eight cubicles for same day surgery; 12 isolation rooms and an enhanced management of infection area with one area sealed off.

Minister Darville said, “It is the opportune time to align the visions and the processes behind these principle projects, in order to ensure that the outcome of these projects, meet the high expectations of the Bahamian people, and the rigorous standards that will be imposed by the implementation of universal healthcare, through the mechanism of National Health Insurance.”

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