Over $1 million raised by businesses for COVID-19 medical supplies

Wednesday 15 April 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board today thanks international and local businesses in Bermuda who have collectively raised $1,044,000 to date for essential medical supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment and ventilators.

CEO of Hiscox Bermuda, Mike Krefta, helped coordinate the industry’s fundraising efforts, which included contributions from Allied World, AmTrust Group, Aon, Ascot Bermuda, Aspen, Assured Guaranty, Australia-Japan Cable Limited, AXA XL, Axis, Bermuda Chiropractic Association, Bermuda Dental Association, Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers, Bermuda Medical Doctors Association, BF&M, Catalina Holdings, Chubb, Colonial, CPGB Insurance Management, Enstar, Fidelis, Fidelity International, Guy Carpenter, Hannover Re, Hiscox, Jardine Matheson, KPMG, Lancashire, Liberty Specialty Markets, Markel, MS Amlin, OIL & OCIL, Orbis Management, Par-La Ville Dental, QIC Global, Sompo International, Third Point Re, Transatlantic Re and Willis Re.

BHB CEO & President Venetta Symonds comments: “We are extremely grateful for this donation, which helps the hospitals, staff, patients and country by purchasing vital medical supplies at a time of great financial and social uncertainty. Thank you to our Chief of Nursing, Judy Richardson, who made the initial contact with Hiscox and detailed our needs. Our appreciation goes to the donors who are helping us care for those most seriously sick with COVID-19. We have prepared to the best of our ability to meet the potential challenges ahead and this donation means so much to us as we seek to protect and equip our staff and provide the critical care services people may need to save their lives. We thank you for your caring and support.”

Mr Krefta says: “Coronavirus is affecting all of us in some way, and so all of us must contribute to the response. I’d like to thank ABIR, ABIC, Richard Winchell Executive Director of ABIC, Myra Dill BMDA Communications Director and Bill Shields Chief Financial Officer of BHB for all their significant efforts in helping with this appeal.  I’m really proud of how Bermuda’s insurers, reinsurers, brokers, investment managers, local insurance companies, financial service companies and medical associations  have come together to support the hospital at this time, but like everyone I’m even prouder of the work that those on the frontline are doing, so I hope our collective contribution makes a real difference for them.”

 

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

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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