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February 3, 2017

From front left: Mrs. Shellion Rhoden (Business Manager - FJLCL); Hon. Minister Christopher Tufton (Minister of Health); Howard Mitchell (Chairman for Health & Wellness Foundation); Darion Thompson Smith (Parish Manager, Trelawny Health Services); Mark Hylton (Port Manager - Falmouth Cruise Ship Terminal).
From front left: Mrs. Shellion Rhoden (Business Manager - FJLCL); Hon. Minister Christopher Tufton (Minister of Health); Howard Mitchell (Chairman for Health & Wellness Foundation); Darion Thompson Smith (Parish Manager, Trelawny Health Services); Mark Hylton (Port Manager - Falmouth Cruise Ship Terminal).

Falmouth Hospital receives chairs for Emergency Room.

FALMOUTH, Trelawny In a presentation and handing over ceremony held at the Port of Falmouth grounds on December 16, 2016, the Falmouth hospital received a donation of chairs from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) / Falmouth Jamaica Land Company Limited (FJLCL). In their ongoing mission to enhance communities through partnership, RCCL / FJLCL donated chairs to the hospital after learning that there was a severe shortage in the Emergency Room waiting area. The Hon. Minister Christopher Tufton - Minister of Health, expressed gratitude for the latest set of chairs and called for more partnerships between the tourism and health ministries. The cruise line has undertaken several projects, the latest of which will see patients and visitors to the Falmouth General Hospital in Trelawny having a more comfortable arrangement while they await care.

Among those present at the ceremony were Mrs. Sheoma Muschutt - a representative from Friends of Falmouth Hospital, who accepted the donation on behalf of the hospital, Mr. Howard Mitchell - Chairman of The Health & Wellness Foundation through whom RCCL made their donation, and Health Minister Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, who each made presentations to the group gathered.


Chairs donated to Falmouth Hospital.

Mrs. Sheona Muschutt, Chairperson for Friends of Falmouth Hospital which is one of the oldest charities in the parish of Trelawny, addressed the group on behalf of the hospital expressing how grateful she was for the donation as they continue doing their part to keep the hospital at a high standard. Citing how important and necessary work being done by the cruise line and the Port of Falmouth was in furthering the development of the health sector as well as the wider community. She lamented the difficulty that arises in sourcing funding to ensure the hospitals viability but noted that through continued partnership with RCCL she hoped more could be achieved in the future. She commend RCCL and the Port Authority for their continued support while urging more organizations to play their part in facilitating nation building.

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The Health & Wellness Foundation was launched April 2015 and was established to rationlise and facilitate charitable donations in cash, kind and services to Jamaica. Mr. Howard Mitchell, appointed chairman of the Committee, noted the challenges that those who donate face with bureaucracy which sometimes makes the process difficult, but reiterated that his group was committed to working on the process urging those who are committed to giving to continue and others to join in.

Chairman for Health & Wellness Foundation Mr. Howard Mitchell and Hon. Minister Christopher Tufton speak on benefits to the local health sector.
Chairman for Health & Wellness Foundation Mr. Howard Mitchell and Hon. Minister Christopher Tufton speak on benefits to the local health sector.

Honourable Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton (Minister of Health) outlined his plan for the Health & Wellness Foundation created to improve and expand resources available to the local health sector. Funds will be raised through donation boxes placed at select ports where travellers can drop off their cash donations. I think it would be a worthwhile venture for the cruise lines, as well as the Port Authority, to look at the Falmouth hospital and to determine how we can create and facilitate the development of that facility, the Health Minister suggested.

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