Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Nuttall Memorial Hospital hosts 5K Road Race and Health Fair

Nuttall Memorial Hospital has taken the initiative to raise funds for the institution while giving back to the community with its inaugural Pre Mothers’ Day 5K Road Race and Health Fair on Saturday, May 11. The Hospital hopes to raise $10 Million toward improvement of the current facilities at the 90 year old institution. 

The proceeds from the 5K Road Race & Health Fair will be used to refurbish and equip the hospital’s six bedroom ward, the Gunter Wing, and the eight beds Intensive Care Unit. This renovation forms a part of the institution’s overall five-year redevelopment plan to completely refurbish the medical facility. 

Harvey Levers, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuttall Memorial Hospital explains the significance of renovating the facility. “Nuttall is seeking to regain its prominence within the health care industry where in decades gone by it was widely regarded as the premier medical facility of its kind in Jamaica, catering to thousands of Jamaicans who desired top class private medical treatment right here at home,” said Levers. 

In keeping with their mandate from the Anglican Diocese, the Hospital’s Redevelopment Committee is seeking to raise a significant portion of the targeted $250 Million by December 7, 2013 when it celebrates its 90th anniversary. The monetary total is to be used to fully renovate and refurbish the physical plant and equipment of the hospital.

Approximately US$225,000 is required to complete the restoration under the hospital’s redevelopment plans and organizers aim at raising half of this amount through the 5K Road Race & Health Fair.

The Hospital’s aim is not only to raise funds, but to provide medical care, improve participants’ well-being and increase awareness of health issues through the event. The Health Fair which gets underway on the hospital grounds after the race will feature many free medical check-ups including blood pressure, blood sugar, eye, heart, sexually transmitted diseases, and diabetes.

As corporate companies increasingly find ways to give back to the society, the Wisynco Group has recognized the needs of the medical facility and has stepped up to the plate to assist in raising funds for the long-standing standard bearer for Jamaican private hospitals. Through this partnership, Wisynco will provide significant support for the event to augment the hospital’s efforts to achieve its objective and restore an institution that has served the Jamaican society for nine decades.

The Mott’s Apple Juice/Nuttall Memorial Hospital 5K Road Race and Health Fair will be held on Saturday, May 11 on the hospital grounds and is sponsored by Powerade, Wata and Nature Valley.

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