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Sep 15, 2015

K.H.M.H. Celebrates 20 Years

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this week with a series of activities that are being held across the institution to commemorate that milestone.  Since assuming the post of Chief Executive Officer earlier this year, Dr. Adrian Coye has been instrumental in facilitating the unionization of K.H.M.H. employees.  You would recall that hospital staff effected a go-slow in mid-July amid demands for a salary adjustment.  During the ensuing negotiations with the Ministry of Health, Dr. Coye was crucial in pushing forward the notion of forming a K.H.M.H. union.  Today, that accomplishment was lauded during a ceremony to celebrate the occasion of twenty years.

 

Adrian Coye

Dr. Adrian Coye, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.A.

“We are going to emerge no longer wondering if we are government or authority.  We are going to emerge with, and I’m sure before Christmas comes, we would have for the first time our own union of the workers of the K.H.M.H.  The process that allowed us to reach this point is a unique one and maybe when we write or when I write my autobiography it will reveal more, I suppose, or when the history of K.H.M.H. is told, but I would say that the staff of K.H.M.H. are to be congratulated for having the courage to look to each other, to rise up and to say that they have certain needs and they need to be recognized.  And, of course, this is, I think, something that has missed the institution a long time but it opens an opportunity now for a greater say as to how, as they say this is our hospital, how we will make this hospital flying to greater heights.  And so, again, all of this brings with it great responsibility and so we should always put the emotion down and think twice, study long and play right, study long and play wrong and work towards making this institution not only an institution of national pride but even an example of success where people from different regions, not in Belize but outside of Belize can say look, even Belize has done it.”

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