Wednesday, September 09, 2009

St.Judes' Surgical Wing Destroyed

Reports reaching this blog informed us that at about 1:30 am Wednesday morning a fire which started in the recovery room at the hospital completely destroyed the upper section of the surgcal wing, and the operating theater. It was also reported that three patients lost their lives in the fire.
Government officials and management are holding a meeting today to discuss the way forward. In the meantime the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School,Campus B, is being used to house the patients from the surgical ward. The George Odlum Stadium will be used as an Emergency Centre.
St. Jude Hospital, managed by Mercy Hospital Medical Centre, Des Moines, Iowa is in the town of Vieux Fort, in southern St. Lucia. It is owned by the St. Lucian Government and until 1992 was managed by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.
The 110-bed hospital has medical, surgical, maternity and pediatric wards, two operating rooms, recovery room, intensive care, emergency room, pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, ultrasound and physical therapy.
In 1998, the hospital admitted 4,851 patients, recorded 932 live births and conducted 1,025 operative procedures. There was a total of 31,452 outpatient visits.
Outpatient clinics include general medical and maxillo facial. Specialty clinics for general surgery, orthopedics, ENT, OB-GYN, dermatology, cardiology, rheumatology, internal medicine, pediatrics, diabetic and psychiatric care are also held regularly.
St. Judes provides high-quality primary care for the largely rural southern half of the island but its specialty care services the entire island. The hospital employs about 200 local staff, including 14 full-time physicians.
Volunteers play an important role in augmenting the permanent staff.

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