SMMC hosts the first Synergy Conference | THE DAILY HERALD

SMMC Board of Directors Chairman Kees Klarenbeek addressing the conference attendees.


CAY HILL–St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently hosted a Synergy Conference, facilitated by its Quality and Safety Department, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Eric Gertner, the Associate Medical Director for Population Health and Patient Centered Medical Homes at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  During the conference, attendees were welcomed by SMMC Board of Directors Chairman Kees Klarenbeek and Head of Quality and Safety Tammie Papada, who presented on Prevention, SMMC said in a press release on Thursday.

  “As medical institutions, it is important that we focus not only on palliative and curative care, but also preventative care, as it is our responsibility to the people and communities that we serve,” said Klarenbeek.

  In keeping with the theme of Prevention, Dr. Gertner spoke on “Improving Chronic Illness and Preventative Services through the Patient-Centred Medical Home”.

  Synergy is the emergent leadership network of healthcare institutions in the Caribbean and their partners for prevention are White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation in St. Maarten, the Saba Healthcare Foundation and Benevolent Foundation Saba, Public Health Saba, St. Eustatius Health Care Foundation, St. Eustatius Auxiliary Home, the St. Eustatius Department of Public Health (“Maatschappij en Welzijn”), Turning Point Foundation, Mental Health Foundation St. Maarten, Mental Health Caribbean, Ministry of Public Health Ambulance Services and SMMC, the release said.

  SMMC management thanked Dr. Gertner and Synergy’s partners, and looks forward to the continuation of quality care close to home.

Source: The Daily Herald