Cayman’s healthcare providers are gearing up for the third annual 20/20 National Healthcare Conference from 18-20 October at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman under the theme “Patient-centred care: Achieving quality outcomes”.
This year’s packed agenda includes be three breakout sessions focussing on health topics of particular importance to healthcare in the Cayman Islands.
Patient-centred care is a model of healthcare delivery that focuses on the patient’s experience and is a partnership between practitioners, patients and their families to ensure that healthcare decisions respect patients’ values, needs and preferences. This approach aims to ensure that patients have the education and support they require to make informed decisions and participate in their own care.
The new breakout session format will target three of the most important healthcare topics that affect people in the Cayman Islands today – oncology (cancer care), paediatric health and workplace wellness. These topics will be discussed within the patient-centred care framework.
The sessions planned for the second day of the conference, Friday, 19 October, will feature panellists from our local public and private sector, overseas specialists and the patient’s perspective, giving a multifaceted view to each area of healthcare.
Jennifer Ahearn, chief officer of the Ministry of Health, said: “These three specific topics were chosen based upon feedback received from local medical professionals in the public and private sector. Healthcare professionals targeted these three areas in particular as vital elements of Cayman’s medical system in need of enhancement and progression.”
Ed Hansen, chief executive officer at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital in George Town, Cayman’s only private hospital, will be leading the group in the oncology breakout sessions.
“I am very excited to be participating in this new area of the conference,” Mr. Hansen said. “The panellists are of the highest calibre and will be able to bring input from public, private and international perspectives, resulting in a true 360 review of the state of oncology in the Cayman Islands and recommendations for a way forward.”
Rebekah Brooks, the immediate past president of the Cayman Islands Nurses Association and a registered nurse and practice manager at the Children’s Clinic, will be leading the group on paediatric health.
“Each group will report back on the final day of the conference with an in-depth analysis to present to the ministry, thereby providing government with invaluable information that can supplement Cayman’s national health policy,” Ms Brooks said.
The third breakout session, which will discuss workplace wellness, will be led by Annikki Brown, deputy chairwoman of the Health Insurance Standing Committee.
Ms Brown said it is anticipated that these breakout sessions will provide the ministry and conference attendees with invaluable understanding on the subject matter.
“We really are looking at the topics from every angle to ensure that we cover every aspect of the issue. We are looking forward to some lively discussion and real insight into how each area of healthcare can be improved and enhanced,” she said.
Confirmed panellists so far for the oncology session include Milena Connolly of the Cayman Islands Cancer Registry, Dr. Joel Slutsky from Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Dr. Thin Tran, medical director of Baptist Corporate, Dr. Sook Yin and Connie Godet, who will be representing a patient’s perspective.
Emma Donaldson from the Special Needs Foundation of Cayman, Dr. James Robertson from Trincay and Shannon Seymour of the Wellness Centre will participate in the paediatric health session, while Colleen Brummer of Energy Pilates, Cynthia Hastings-James, co-founder of Cookson James Loyalty Inc. and Bestliferewarded.com, and Dr. Richard Buck, an independent organisational and healthcare strategist, will sit on the workplace wellness session.
In conjunction with the Ministry of Health, this year’s sponsors include premium plus sponsor Tenet Health, Tower Marketing, Health Services Authority, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, University of California-San Diego Health System, Simplifi and the Caymanian Compass.
The public is encouraged to attend this important conference which will provide thought-provoking discussion and important insights into Cayman’s healthcare service with a view to enhancing and improving the system to benefit all residents in the years to come.
As in previous years, this conference will be free to all attendees. Registration is now open at