Watch:Premier breaks ground at Caribbean's 1st Cancer Treatment Centre
Ground-breaking ceremony of Health City Cayman’s Cancer Treatment Centre.
Health City Cayman’s Cancer Treatment Centre has broken ground. This is a monumental occasion for the Cayman Islands as the state-of-the-art multi-million dollar facility will be the first in the Caribbean to provide dedicated cancer care under one roof.
The ground-breaking ceremony took place on November 28 at 8.30 am and featured addresses from Premier, Alden McLaughlin, Minister of Health, Dwayne Seymour and a speech by Health City Cayman Islands Clinical Director, Dr Binoy Chattuparambil.
The new facility will provide treatment in the areas of medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation, among other services, as well as a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) facility. There will be accommodations provided for overseas patients.
According to the Master of Ceremonies, Director of Business Development, Shomari Scott, the new facility will provide patients with the added value of affordability, accessibility and proximity.
“We allow your village to physically be with you through this journey,” he said.
Premier McLaughlin beamed: “Today we are celebrating more than a ground breaking- we are breaking new ground in cancer treatment.”
The Premier also highlighted that the facility will provide a valuable service to “international patients who need treatment at an affordable cost... and for Caribbean people who cannot get a US visa” or would prefer treatment that is more geographically and financially accessible.
Minister of Health, Dwayne Seymour added: “There are many logistical barriers to having health care overseas. This Cancer Treatment Centre is filling a major need... This Centre will attract patients from around the Caribbean and Central America.”
Health City Cayman Islands Clinical Director, Dr Chattuparambil closed the ceremony, conforming that the services offered will be “safe, efficient and effective” and will offer a service “not offered anywhere else in the region” and “the safest and most up to date treatment anywhere in the world.”
The name of the facility will be unveiled in the ribbon cutting planned for Spring, 2020.