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Kindness week inspires MWI patient

From The Royal Gazette: Big-hearted staff at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute were yesterday praised by a patient inspired by a call to keep sharing kindness in the wake of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said nurses at MWI made Mother’s Day gifts for her to boost her spirits while she was treated in the hospital after a breakdown.

The woman added: “I suffer from depression and bipolar and I think it’s the pandemic that set it off.”

She was speaking after Kim Wilson, the health minister, asked the public to carry forward the kindness theme from Mental Health Awareness Week after the commemoration finished earlier this month.

The woman, who said she had never had inpatient treatment at a mental health institution before, checked into MWI in May after fears for the survival of her business and the stress of Covid-19 worsened condition and propelled her into “a total breakdown”.

She said she became suicidal and had avoided taking medication after she tried to keep her mind occupied with online learning when her business was forced to close and she, along with her family, had to stay at home over the months-long lockdown period.

The woman added: “I just broke down. I called my doctor, and I was told to drive to MWI. They were expecting me when I got there.

“The reason I’m doing this is because they don’t get enough credit for what they do. Every single staff member was amazing. They were my angels. You do not feel isolated. You feel safe.”  …

Published 19 October 2020
19 October 2020 Media

Essential Dads

From Bermuda Parent Magazine: Dealing with Covid-19 has been challenging for parents throughout the island. Home schooling, endless Zoom classroom sessions, quarantining, curfews, and keeping their energetic children indoors. Can someone please pass a glass of bubbly when this is all over!

While some parents have been able to stay home with their children during this pandemic, others have had to venture out daily because they are essential workers on the island. Bermuda Parent Magazine honours three fathers who have been committed not only to parenthood, but their jobs.

Antonio Russell: Thirty-seven-year-old Antonio Russell has been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for 12 years. He is the father of four beautiful daughters, Mhila, 11, Yara, 19 months, and one-year-old twins Akaio and Akiko.

Read the full article at mybermudaparent.com – Summer 2020 page 24

Published Summer 2020
19 August 2020 Media

A Technical Career in Healthcare

From Your Future 2020 magazine:

Bermudian students with an interest in the trades have an opportunity to grow with the Bermuda Hospitals Board in the Facilities Department

A career in the healthcare industry is not limited to the doctors and nurses that you see on the front line working to ensure you have quality care.  Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) has a dedicated team that work tirelessly in the background to ensure the highest standards of healthcare are afforded to our community.

If you have an interest in the trades and in technology, BHB’s facilities team could be a great career choice for you.  Although the hard working individuals in this department are behind the scenes, their work has a significant impact on patient care.  Careers in the facilities department range from masons and plumbers to facilities managers and engineers.

The facilities team is responsible for maintaining King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre.

Special Equipment Technician, Damien Ingemann, is a great example of career possibilities at BHB. Damien began his career in March 2010 in the Environmental Services Department and then transferred to the Facilities Department later that year. …

Read the full article on page 24 of Your Future magazine 2020 http://bermudamedia.bm/yourfuture

Published online February 2020

To publish in print March 2020

18 February 2020 Media

Scholarship created to honour nurse

From The Royal Gazette: Two would-be nurses became the first winners of scholarships set up to honour the memory of an intensive care nurse who died two years ago.

The Vickie Smith Nursing Scholarships were awarded to Donnalyn Smith and Milon Outerbridge.

Ms Smith, who is due to start a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of West England in Bristol, said: “This scholarship helps me a whole lot.

“My parents are very hardworking; I see how hard they have to work for me.

“I would do anything to help. I want to give back whatever I can, to ease the load.”

Ms Smith said she became interested in a career as a nurse when she volunteered to work at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital to notch up community service hours while she was at middle school.

She added: “A friend had volunteered at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital as a teen volunteer and she persuaded me to go.

“I volunteered in the continuing care unit and from the first day, I loved it.

“We sat with elderly patients, those who could not speak, those with disabilities … We read to them, we watched movies together, we walked with them. I was so happy, making other people happy.

“I liked the personal connection that nurses have with their patients and I wanted to make it a career.

“I am interested in going into geriatrics, paediatrics or surgical, but that could change once I get more experience.” …

Published 5 September 2019
26 September 2019 Media

Hopkins deal ‘a dream come true’

From The Royal Gazette: Stroke patients will have access to “the best possible chance at full recovery”, thanks to a link-up between the Bermuda Hospitals Board and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The move, welcomed as a “dream come true” by campaigners, will see a primary stroke centre established in Bermuda, with accreditation for acute stroke care in place by 2021.

The clinical affiliation with the Maryland-based medical institute will also include improvements in psychiatric care, a continuing medical education programme for physicians in Bermuda and a residency programme.

Michael Richmond, Chief of Staff at the BHB, told a press conference: “Stroke treatment and rehabilitation is a key focus. We have four to five stroke cases come to the hospital per week.

“We want to ensure we are giving every stroke patient the best possible chance at full recovery, and also identifying people at risk even earlier to try and prevent one altogether.

“We are also looking at psychiatry for opportunities to improve and find more effective ways to structure and deliver our services.”

Dr Richmond said the aim was to provide treatment that matches “the best of the best”…

Published 8 May 2019
9 May 2019 Media

Social media ‘perfection’ harming students

Promoting awareness: Shanay Scott, chairwoman of the Mental Health Awareness Committee, left, Anne Coakley, head of secondary at Warwick Academy, David Horan, principal at Warwick Academy, McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett, health minister Kim Wilson, Glenn Caisey, clinical director of Mental Health Services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (Photograph by Anna Nowak)From The Royal Gazette: A 15-year-old schoolgirl warned about the perils of modern-day school life as she kicked off Mental Health Awareness Week yesterday.

McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett from Warwick Academy said children faced pressure from teachers and parents to perform well in exams, bullying from school friends and unrealistic expectations of “perfection” promoted on social media.

She highlighted research by the American Psychological Association, which showed nearly half of all teenagers admitted they suffered stress from pressures at school.

McKenzie-Kohl said: “The pressure to perform well academically was the most significant, followed by the desire to please teachers.

“In addition, the combination of schoolwork, extracurricular activities and studying for exams leads to crammed schedules. Teenagers should be encouraged to reach out to their school counsellors if they feel as if they can’t cope.”

She was speaking at Warwick Academy, the venue for the launch of the awareness campaign, which this year is focused on the mental health of young people in a fast-changing world.

McKenzie-Kohl said parents could set unrealistic expectations for their children, which could lead to burnout, anxiety and low self-esteem…

Published 9 October 2018
16 October 2018 Media

Mental Health Awareness Week launched

From Bernews: Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 was launched by Minister of Health Kim Wilson today [Oct 8] with the theme of ‘Mental Health and Young People in a Changing World.’

A spokesperson said, “About 75% of mental illnesses appear by the age of 24, with about half appearing by 14 years old. A message of the campaign is that education about mental health and interventions at a young age will vastly improvement lives – from educational achievement, to employment and relationships.”

Glenn Caisey, Director of Mental Health Services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, said, “The mental health of our young people is precious. Identifying and responding to mental disorders in this age group is critical to give them the best chance at a fulfilling life.”

Mental Health Awareness Week Bermuda Oct 2018

“There is much that impacts our mental wellbeing at this age – how we are treated by our families and friends being critical. Bullying, cyberbullying, coming to terms with our individual gender identity and sexual orientation, family and peer pressures and violence in our communities and the world impact the mental well-being of our youth… Read the full article at www.bernews.com

Published 8 October 2018

 

16 October 2018 Media

Balitian-Dill obtains right to write prescriptions

Nurse Practitioner Myrian Balitian-Dill at her deskFrom Bernews: Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] Nurse Practitioner Myrian Balitian-Dill is one of only a handful of registered nurses who have attained nurse practitioner designation in Bermuda, and she is now the first to be granted authority to write prescriptions locally.

A BHB spokesperson said, “Mrs Balitian-Dill received the news from the Bermuda Pharmacy Council on 31 August 2018. Mrs Balitian-Dill is the only nurse practitioner at BHB. On obtaining her qualification she moved into a nurse practitioner role in the hospital’s Cardiology Department.

“In November 2016 she transitioned to help set up a new service at BHB, the Patient-Centred Medical Home. The small dynamic team of this service also includes a physician medical director, a staff nurse and an office administrator.

“The setting provided the ideal environment for Mrs Balitian-Dill to be afforded the right to prescribe as Bermuda legislation dictates that prescribing rights can be granted to nurse practitioners “under the authority of a medical practitioner”.

“The new development is the result of several years of collaboration to ensure all the necessary regulatory documents were in place. Mrs Balitian-Dill is pleased with the move and sees it as a starting point and an important way to help reduce health care costs…

Published 24 September 2018

Read the full article at www.bernews.com

3 October 2018 Media

Doctor proud of colon surgery results

From The Royal Gazette: Bermuda could become a centre for specialist colon removal surgery, a surgeon at the Bermuda Hospitals Board has said.

Fitzroy Hamilton said results in Bermuda were better than those of top European clinics that use single-incision laparoscopic surgery for colon removal.

Dr Hamilton said: “What we have seen from reviewing 186 cases we have done is that we have the outcome to show that we are very much on par with the guys in Europe and even better.”

He added: “We are leading in our outcome and I think we should explore making Bermuda the destination for patients for Sils colon surgery not only for medical tourism, but also the possibility to train surgeons in the diaspora. We should try to make Bermuda a centre of excellence for Sils colon surgery.”…

Published 21 July 2018

Read the full article at www.royalgazette.com

23 July 2018 Media

Pair bloom on learning programme

MWI clients at work at DemcoFrom The Royal Gazette: Danielle Gibbons and Chevon Burrows have grown since they were taken on at an island florist.

The two landed jobs at Demco last year as part of the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute’s learning disability programme and both said work had helped them become more independent.

Ms Gibbons said: “It motivates me. It gives me more confidence. It gives me more wisdom.”

The 27-year-old from Southampton, added that the job had changed her.

She said: “Instead of bringing me down when I come to work, it lifts me up, it gives me more strength. I’m progressing and getting better. I just feel an improvement in my life.”

And Mr Burrows, 30, added: “It makes me feel happy and independent. And I can save up my money.”

Ms Gibbons and Mr Burrows are two of four programme participants who started working with Demco in June last year…

Published 23 January 2018

Read the full article at www.royalgazette.com

6 February 2018 Media
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