Scotiabank Donates $30,000 To Rand Memorial Hospital to Aid Restoration Efforts

L-R Representatives from the Rand Memorial Hospital and the Grand Bahama Health Services , Mrs. Sherone Singh, Senior Assistant Hospital Administrator, Mrs. Valeria Burrows, Assistant Director, Communications, Ms. Sharon Williams, Administrator, Mrs. Patrice Roberts, Financial Controller were photographed with Scotiabank Bahamas executives, Mr. Roger Archer ( 3rd left) , Managing Director and Ms. Nicolette Turnquest ( right) , Personal Banking Manager at the Scotiabank Freeport Branch during a brief cheque presentation ceremony hosted at the Hospital on February 19.

Mr. Roger Archer ( 2nd right) , Managing Director of Scotiabank Bahamas greets Ms. Sharon Williams, Administrator, Grand Bahama Health Services during a tour of the newly renovated sections of the Rand Memorial Hospital on Friday, February 19. Looking on are Nicolette Turnquest ( right) , Personal Banking Manager at the Scotiabank Freeport Branch and Mrs. Patrice Roberts ( left –partially hidden, Grand Bahama Health Services Financial Controller.

Freeport, Grand Bahama – February 23, 2021: Scotiabank Bahamas has donated $30,000 to the Rand Memorial Hospital located in Freeport, Grand Bahama. 

The donation will fund the purchase of medical equipment for the Lula Knowles Paediatrics Ward and enhance the ability of the hospital to provide treatment after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Dorian in 2019. 

Roger Archer, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas detailed the contribution saying it will cover the cost of a new ventilator, oxygen monitoring system and two paediatric wheelchairs for the 85-bed facility. 

“As a member of the Freeport community, we are very happy to provide support to healthcare sector at this critical time,” Archer said. 

“We also commend the team at both the Hospital and throughout the Public Hospitals Authority for their tireless efforts in providing continued care and medical assistance despite the many challenges,” he added. The coronavirus is still a serious threat to public health, Archer said, and Scotiabank is keenly aware of the crucial role that the hospital plays in the fight against the global pandemic. 

Over the past nine months, Scotiabank has donated over $60,000 toward various charities including a food bank and a home for the elderly to assist with relief efforts across the Bahamas.

Sharon Williams, Administrator, Grand Bahama Health Services, Public Hospitals Authority, upon accepting the donation stated the equipment being purchased with the funds donated will improve their capacity to provide essential health care to our children. 

"Much progress is being made in the restoration of our facility by our Government's commitment and partnerships with organizations such as yours which have determined the importance of rebuilding health care facilities on Grand Bahama and committed resources to assist," Williams said. 

Hurricane Dorian was one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, and the strongest hurricane to have ever hit The Bahamas. Dorian hit The Bahamas on September 1, 2019 as a Category 5 hurricane, causing flooding and mass destruction on the northwest islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.