HSA appoints DCEO in the face of staff shortages

| 28/12/2023 | 12 Comments
Dr Vinton Douglas

(CNS): The Health Services Authority has announced the appointment of Dr Vinton Douglas as Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO), effective 1 January. The senior doctor will have responsibility for Primary Healthcare, Corporate Services, Infection Control, Quality and Risk, Patient Services, Medical Records, Information Technology, Infrastructure and Support Services within the HSA.

His appointment comes at a time when the hospital is suffering from a shortage of staff on the ground, particularly nurses, and a surge in patient numbers.

Dr Douglas has been on the senior management team as director of corporate services at the HSA since 2019. He has also held consulting positions in the Accident and Emergency and Hyperbaric Medicine departments since joining HSA in 2006.

“With 17 years of service committed to the HSA, I am honoured to be taking on the new role of Deputy CEO of the Health Services Authority,” he stated in a press release. “This past year has been monumental for the organisation with the achievement of the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, facility expansion and upgrades, and rebranding to coincide with our 20th anniversary as an Authority.”

He added that he was looking forward to working alongside CEO Lizzette Yearwood and the rest of the team to make the HSA the healthcare provider of choice.

Dr Douglas studied medicine at the Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, before completing his PhD in Emergency Medicine at the University of the West Indies. He also has an MBA from the University of Liverpool, three master’s degrees in Medical Education (Healthcare Leadership and Sports and Exercise Medicine) from the University of South Wales, and a postgraduate diploma in Occupational Medicine from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Dr Douglas, who played a role in the hospital achieving Joint Commission International accreditation, received the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour for his services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The board and senior management team look forward to working with Dr Douglas in his new role as deputy CEO,” said Yearwood. “He has worked at HSA for nearly two decades in both clinical and healthcare administration roles and has proven his dedication to this organisation. We look forward to his leadership as HSA continues our mission to provide the highest quality of healthcare and patient experience in the Cayman Islands,” she added.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    “Primary Healthcare, Corporate Services, Infection Control, Quality and Risk, Patient Services, Medical Records, Information Technology, Infrastructure and Support Services.” Wow, talk about task loading! He could also carry around a mop and clean the floors! Best wishes on your new appointment(s)

  2. anon says:

    The most sensible appointment at that organization in a long time.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Dr Douglas

  4. Anonymous says:

    Our CIG Civil Service is too bloated already!! Why? Because C-Suite and Management level post holders believe firmly in DELEGATION of duties. Too firmly!!

    They delegate every function of their job and just collect the dough, hence the trend of inefficiency and lack of accountability in the Civil Service


  5. Anonymous says:

    While Cayman struggles with integration, thinking of everyone not born here as a money-grabbing invader who wants to destroy Cayman culture, then our important services will be understaffed or staffed with low quality people.
    Let’s embrace the expertise and experience that people of other nationalities have gained overseas, welcome them with open arms to Cayman, and then we can all benefit from having them here.

    • Anonymous says:

      I thought we have been doing this since time began?

      • Anonymous says:

        Well I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling anything but welcome in Cayman recently. Been here 17 years and to begin with it was very nice, but recently the hatred from Caymanians towards people not born here has been very unpleasant.

        • Unanimous says:

          You should come and live in the 3rd largest country in the world, America, and you will see real hatred for foreigners.

        • Anonymous says:

          Hey at least the threat of “I’m going to take you to Immigration” doesn’t seem to be there anymore like it was in the 90’s.

        • Anonymous says:

          Having been here for 17 years is still not the same as integrating yourself into the Caymanian Community. ‘The them VS Us’ mentality that too many of you all have developed is creating your downfall. How many Generation Caymanians do you and your family know and I don’t mean the Foster’s, Kirkconnells and Merrens? If your numbers are less than 15, then you have your answer and will therefore understand the plights of the average Caymanian. Or is there a chance for you to change your mindset. Advice, if you feel unhappy and living here is too much for you, then go somewhere else. Life is too short not to.

          • Anonymous says:

            What’s wrong with Foster’s, Merren’s and Kirkconnell’s?

            And I assume your problem with them would apply to an Eldemire, a Rutty, an Arch, or a Webster?

            Do you think you might be a racist?


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