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Mar 8, 2013

CitCo cements relationship with K.H.M.H. by Adopting a Ward

Thousands of babies are birthed annually at the national referral hospital, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. This afternoon, the opening of the newly refurbished Labor and Delivery Ward took place. Fresh paint and accessories have made the ward more comfortable and welcoming for new moms. The project was undertaken by the Belize City Council. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The Labor and Delivery Unit of the K.H.M.H. is one of the biggest wards at the medical facility. And through the Adopt-a-Ward program instituted approximately a year and a half ago; the ward got a much needed facelift.


Dr. Gary Longsworth, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

“They have done a tremendous job with phase one and when they get a break, they will be back for phase two and maybe phase three. Some of the things you would notice is that they have painted, they had accessories, framed pictures and posters, invested in new furniture; appliances like TVs fridge etc. They’ve even put new signs outside the doors. It’s a tremendous effort and we really appreciate it.”


The ward was adopted by the Belize City Council to mark the first anniversary under Mayor Darrell Bradley. The cost of the first phase of the project is in the range of twelve thousand dollars. Deputy Mayor, Dion Leslie, says that the adoption is an act of community service for the council.


Dion Leslie, Deputy Mayor, Belize City Council

“The mayor came up with the idea for the first year anniversary. We wanted to do a long list of events and do a lot of community meetings and give back. And so the idea came up in a caucus meeting to let’s adopt a ward. Of course we have councilor Gonzalez who is a doctor, who works at K.H.M.H. So when the idea came up, all eleven of us jumped on it and we are excited about it and it just grew. The city administrator, Candice Burke, Miss McKenzie, Jermaine from Municipal Courts—a bunch of people really took it as their baby on their behalf and they spent hours here over the past few weeks; getting ready this ward, purchasing the items you see around and just basically upgrading the ward.”


According to C.E.O. of the K.H.M.H., Doctor Gary Longsworth; there are several other sections of the ward that will be upgraded.


Dr. Gary Longsworth

“Phase two, there is the post delivery room and the pre-delivery room that has to be worked on. We also have some work inside the delivery suites that we expect they will get involved in. but I think more importantly is the commitment to the unit so it is not just a one-off thing. They are committed to maintain the upkeep of the unit over a period of time.”


About six thousand are delivered per year at the Labor and Delivery Ward. Duane Moody for News Five.


Longsworth says that there are several other requests from corporate citizens to also join the program.

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1 Response for “CitCo cements relationship with K.H.M.H. by Adopting a Ward”

  1. Bear says:

    I’m all for supporting the hospital, but I’m also all in favor of actual budgets where public money is concerned. Since Citco and Bradley are raising fees everywhere they can because they always claim poverty, where did this money come from? Some other account had to be robbed of $12,000. But that robbery is a small price to make Bradley feel good and get his face in the news again!

    They are like children playing Monopoly — but with our real money.

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