Bermuda Hospitals Board Disaster Specialist Deployed to British Virgin Islands

15 September 2017: The Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) requested the assistance of Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) Director of Emergency and Hyperbaric Services Roslyn Bascombe-Adams in hurricane relief efforts in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Dr Bascombe-Adams is a member of the Regional Emergency Medical Team of PAHO  and a certified PAHO Disaster Instructor. She is also chairperson of BHB’s Disaster Management and Response Committee, represents the hospital on the Emergency Measures Organisation and leads the PAHO Mass Casualty Management System training course for first responders in Bermuda.

“We received an urgent request from PAHO to release Dr Bascombe-Adams from her duties at BHB to enable her to help recovery efforts in Tortola following the recent hurricanes,” said BHB CEO Venetta Symonds.

“We recognise that Dr Bascombe-Adams is a leading physician in the area of disaster management particularly in our region,” she added. “We know the value of her expertise and the calm clarity she will bring to the relief work. We are proud to have her help the Government and people of BVI.”

Dr Bascombe-Adams is now on a two-week deployment as part of the PAHO/WHO Regional Emergency Medical Team in BVI.

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With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

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