The Public Hospitals Authority [PHA] held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new headquarters of the Emergency Medical Services. On hand for the event were officials of the PHA and Minister of Health and Wellness, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville.

Managing Director of PHA, Aubynette Rolle addressed the ceremony speaking to the amenities of the new facility. “That additional capacity has allowed planners to include a dedicated full training room for NEM staff representing a much needed upgrade. Other new features include a dedicated staff lounge, a full kitchen, quarters for male and female staff, allowing them to sleep, up to six males and six females first responders along with enhanced security with complete exterior camera surveillance, a back up potable water supply and a backup power supply generator which allows the facility to be fully self sufficient in the event of natural disaster.”

For his part, Minister Darville spoke to the government’s efforts to improve the health care system in the country. “The Bahamas is an archipelago, it not only Grand Bahama and New Providence. We have professionals, we have Bahamians who exist throughout our Family Islands who need the same type of quality care that we have here in the capital. The PHA Academy is working with my ministry to support the recruitment and training of individuals on our Family Islands to ensure that we continue to build the quality of health care delivery systems that are so essential in our Family Islands.”

The new facility is located on University Drive in New Providence and can bay more than five ambulances.