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Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Takes Action to Assist Staffers Affected by Hurricane Richard



November 11th, 2010

Belize City, Belize

Public Relations Office, KHMH

On Monday, October 25th, 2010 Hurricane Richard made landfall south-southeast of Belize City with winds of 90 mph (150 kph) at approximately 6:45 local time.  According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Richard’s strong winds and heavy rain was predicted to cause life threatening floods and landslides.   While there were no hurricane-related deaths, many houses had water and infrastructural damages and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital staff were not spared these damages.

The following day, Tuesday October 26th, KHMH management team met and formulated a plan of action of which the first was to announce a pre assessment meeting to be held at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm of the same day for staff. At the meeting, Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Carlos Perera, Director of Finance along with other representatives from the management team sympathized with those affected by Richard and offered assistance to those most severely affected.   Once application forms were completed, the damages were categorized as severe to moderate and a team was dispatched to assess the homes. Field assessments continued through October 27th and 28th.  Staff members who were unable to attend work due to the damages caused by Richard were encouraged to contact their supervisor or a co-worker with their information to get assistance as well.

On 1st November 2010, a small grant ceremony was held for staffers affected by hurricane Richard.  The grant was to assist them in offsetting expenses due to loss or damage to property. Dr. Longsworth and members of his management team visited the homes of staff members that had severe infrastructural damages to hand over materials necessary to repair and rebuild their homes.   Ms. Marie Wyte, Ms. Delrose Mortis, Ms. Tanya Bennett, Ms. Claudette Waight and Mr. Clifton Morris were five of these staff members that received such donations.



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