Health Minister says new Health City Oncology Day Care Suite at Camana Bay represents hope
CAYMAN ISLANDS (May 23, 2022) – The number of people living with various forms of cancer is on the increase and against that backdrop, the Cayman Islands’ Minister for Health and Wellness, Hon. Sabrina Turner, has described the opening of a new Health City Cayman Islands treatment facility as a ray of hope.
As part of plans to grow to better serve the community, Health City recently opened its Oncology Day Care Centre at Camana Bay to provide a variety of infusion therapies in a location easily accessible to where over 90 percent of the islands’ population work and 70 percent reside. Treatments provided include: chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, monoclonal antibodies, blood product transfusions and other support care services.
“As care providers, we have to do as much as we can to reduce disruptions for those receiving infusions,” said Medical Oncologist, Dr. Vineetha Binoy, who leads the dedicated care team working at the suite inside the Health City’s clinic at 9 Forum Lane.
“Patients we cater to are now able to attend their infusion appointments and get back home to their lives and loved ones sooner. We are providing a healing environment for all of our patients, which is especially important for those being treated for and on the road to recovery from cancer,” said Dr. Vineetha Binoy.
The suite features three (3) cosy infusion recliners with the latest technology for advanced care in a comforting and relaxing sanctuary that offers a tremendous amount of natural light and openness, while providing adequate space for patients to receive their care with privacy. Open six (6) days per week, the new suite supplements services offered at Health City’s main hospital in East End and will be incorporated into the Health City Camana Bay super-specialty hospital now under construction.
The 70,000 square ft. medical campus on which ground was broken in January 2022 to the south of Camana Bay will feature a comprehensive and advanced oncology offering including bone marrow transplantation, radiation oncology, medical oncology, hemato-oncology, surgical oncology, as well as a medical linear accelerator that customizes high energy x-rays or electrons to conform to a tumor’s shape and destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissue.
Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil, Clinical Director of Health City Cayman Islands, emphasised: “Patients who have cancer need not only this medical treatment, they need lots of other support because this cancer treatment does not stop when chemotherapy or other therapies stop. There’s a lot of other support – emotional support, family support, and social support. So we are going to have all those forms of support for the patients and for the family. That’s what makes a comprehensive oncology unit and that’s what we’ll have.”
Speaking at a recent reception to celebrate the opening of the Oncology Day Care Suite, Minister Turner noted that many members of the Cayman Islands community have loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer. “We know can be very difficult. An indescribable fight is really what it is. It requires constant monitoring, the best comfort, personalised care, and more importantly, limited interruption to basic day-to-day-life,” she said.
“These are a few reasons why the Health City Oncology Day Care Suite at Camana Bay is beyond revolutionary. Not only will patient receive care that is world class, they will be able to access it right here close to home. There is change. There is hope,” said Hon. Sabrina Turner.
Mr. Shomari Scott, Chief Business Officer at Health City Cayman Islands, said these recent and ongoing developments are clear signs of the company’s commitment to the community.
“We continue to expand and evolve the medical care that we provide because over the past eight years, we have seen first-hand the difference we have made for the community in saving lives while eliminating the need of the additional expense and hassle of arranging overseas travel for this type of care. We look forward to a further expansion of our services with the opening of our new hospital in the coming months,” said Mr. Scott.
Health City Cayman Islands celebrated its 8th anniversary of operations in April 2022.