Colombian hospital reps hold talks in St. Maarten

In photo: SMMC Director Kees Klarenbeek; JCI Compliance Officer at FCV Norbeto Morales; FCV representative Dana Chahin; VSA Cabinet Chief of Staff James Rosen; FCV CEO Dr. Castillo; Health Minister Emil Lee; SMMC Medical Director Dr. Felix Holiday and SMMC Business Development Manager Bonnie Dekker.

CAY HILL–Representatives of FCV Hospital in Colombia (La Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia) recently visited St. Maarten and met with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA, Social Health Insurance SZV and St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC).

  FCV was the first hospital in Colombia to become Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited in 2009.

  Parties discussed improving and streamlining the referral process at SZV to make it more efficient. Parties are also seeking closer cooperation with SMMC to have physicians rotate through St. Maarten and through tele-medicine. There were talks about the possibility of a medical charter flight given the issues with InselAir and PAWA.

  Health Minister Emil Lee said during Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing that the issues with the airlines have made transporting patients to referral hospitals more difficult. During their visit, FCV’s JCI expert remained in the country for a week and had been assisting SMMC with the development of a plan to work towards JCI accreditation.

  The delegation from FCV included FCV Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Castillo; JCI Compliance Officer at FCV Norbeto Morales and FCV representative Dana Chahin.

Source: The Daily Herald