Black River Matrone Hospital Director of Nursing Maria Stampp (center) is surrounded by her colleagues, Deputy Director of Nursing Ingrid Stephens (left) and Nurse Anesthetist Andrea Wright after receiving gifts from Sandals South Coast. The station’s general manager, O’Brian Heron, also shares the moment.
Sandals South Coast recently celebrated the 11 longest serving nurses at Black River Hospital, as the Department of Health and Wellness officially marked July as Healthcare Worker Appreciation Month.
Among those recognized was 37-year-old veteran and director of nursing, Matron Maria Stampp, who, in addition to her gift bag of goodies, also received a full-day pass to Sandals South Coast, including a relaxing experience at the Red Lane® Spa and a private candlelit dinner for two.
“I chose to be a nurse because I believe it was my calling; I am called to serve humanity and nursing has provided me with the best opportunity to do so,” Matrone Stampp said in describing the passion she has for her profession.
“Nurses work so hard, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, that I’ve seen us push ourselves to our limits,” Matron Stampp said. “Many of our nurses stood up and stood up straight and cared for these patients while navigating their private lives, taking care of their families, attending classes, etc.”
As well as presentations to senior nurses, Sandals South Coast also invited all 130 nurses at the hospital to enter a raffle which saw the lucky winners walk away with day and evening passes to the resort. deluxe included.
Hospital chief executive Diana Brown-Miller, who was on hand to share in the festivities, summed up the sentiments of her administration as well as the Sandals South Coast team.
“Like water to the body, like salt to our food, so are our nurses to the healthcare system,” Brown-Miller said. “Our nurses are the backbone and pillar of the health care system. While doctors diagnose, it is nurses who interpret, educate and train our patients, based on the doctors’ plan. Our nurses are advocates patient-centric, every day they stand up for our patients.”
She said at the height of the novel coronavirus pandemic, even as cases surged, nurses at the hospital rose to the occasion. She noted that as Jamaica celebrates its nurses, its administration was grateful to the Sandals South Coast team, who gave a concrete thank you to the nurses at Black River Hospital. “It means a lot to me, it shows that people care, that your work has not gone unnoticed and so thank you Sandals South Coast for thinking of our nurses, for celebrating our nurses.”
This initiative was another way for Sandals South Coast to follow in the footsteps of its headquarters in recognizing the value of the island’s healthcare staff. The Sandals group had, at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, donated cash, handheld digital thermal scanners to the Ministry of Health and Welfare and helped meet the transportation needs of healthcare workers in western Jamaica. They went even further to donate one of their Montego Bay-based resorts, Sandals Carlyle, to the Jamaican government for use as a quarantine/isolation facility and later, in recognition of their humanitarian efforts. , the company offered free two-night stays at all-inclusive resorts for 300 healthcare workers in Jamaica and six other islands.
“Although the focus has been on the unwavering heroism of our nurses during the pandemic, we really should celebrate our nurses every day for the simple fact that health care is such a basic necessity for every human being and, at As such, the service they provide is valid well beyond the pandemic,” Sandals South Coast General Manager O’Brian Heron said. He said the resort will continue to support the work of the hospital. of Rivière Noire and his team.
Nursing supervisor Desorie Brown-Nish, who practiced nursing for 23 years, receives a special token from Sandals South Coast public relations manager Rochelle Forbes-Reid.
Vilma Smith, Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Sandals South Coast, presents a token to 20-year-old veteran nurse Sonia Hamilton (left) at Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth last month.