May 30, 2014
Renovated pediatric wing officially opening in June

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the newly renovated pediatric wing of the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) on June 9.{{more}}

Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) and World Pediatric Project (WPP) representatives will join Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, Minister of Health Clayton Burgin and MCMH representatives to cut a ceremonial red ribbon to officially open the newly renovated wing.

The renovation, a result of a partnership between Mustique Charitable Trust, World Pediatric Project and the Ministry of Health, has replaced the much outdated doors, walls, floors, plumbing and ceilings in the wing with bright, colourful materials, designed specifically for hospitals and to improve infection control, longevity, and patient safety. United Children of the World, a London-based foundation, donated funds to provide all new equipment and furniture for the floor.

“This will begin a new era of taking care of sick children at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital,” said Susan Rickman, CEO of World Pediatric Project.

Construction and renovation began in 2013, after the Mustique Charitable Trust engaged the services of chartered architect Chris Cunningham and Irvine Interiors and Construction, Inc.

Investment of donated funds for the project nearly totalled EC$ 2,700,000.

“The Mustique Charitable Trust and the Mustique homeowners’ long-standing history of supporting the World Pediatric Project’s mission in delivering critical care to the children of St Vincent resulted in this wonderful renovation project. Since 2002, over EC$ 41,000,000 of donated specialized pediatric surgical and diagnostic care has been provided to the children of St Vincent through the services of the World Pediatric Project. These services have been delivered through visiting surgical mission teams and bringing children to the US for advanced care. Over 4,000 children have benefited,” a release said.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place in the playground area immediately outside of the pediatric floor, first floor level of the MCMH.