Major work is set to commence in early January, on the Clarendon-based Chapelton Community Hospital, following a $112 million contract signing for phase two of the upgrading and expansion project.
The contract was signed yesterday Tuesday (December 21, 2021), by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), and Cenitech Engineering Company, at the SRHA’s head office in Mandeville, Manchester. Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon, Hon. Robert Morgan, said residents of the communities served by the hospital, are eager for its full reopening.
Morgan told the ceremony that the facility is an “essential aspect of the community,” and the upgrading will “add significant benefits to the community”. He added that with the excitement of getting back to their hospital, he doesn’t expect any challenge with the work project as he will play a role in ensuring that it runs smoothly.
Furthermore, Regional Director with the SRHA, Michael Bent told the ceremony that by the middle of next year the hospital is expected to be recommissioned into service. He noted that the residents have been waiting for the work to be completed. “It will be a magnificent building when it is completed,” the Director said.
Phase one of the upgrading work was financed by Beverly Nichols, a native of the district of Blackwoods, currently residing in the United States. Ms. Nichols is set to donate US$1 million to the project through her Push Start Foundation.
To note, work included the removal of wooden structures, a second ward, expansion of the waiting area, construction of a new operating theatre and laboratory, improvement to the water storage facility and other works. Mr. Bent said the SRHA is “extremely grateful,” because they have developed a “good partnership” with Miss Nichols.
In summary, communities served by the hospital include Chapelton, Rock River, Mullett Hall, Summerfield, Crawl River, Pennants, Frankfield, and Crooked River. The phase two project is funded by the National Health Fund and the Chase Fund.