Health City Cayman Islands officially opened its new Radiation Oncology Centre in Camana Bay on March 16, 2023, ushering in a new era of hope for cancer patients resident in the Cayman Islands and surrounding territories.
Equipped with the latest technology in the form of a Siemens TruBeam Varian Lineae Accelerator, the Centre is the first of its kind in the Cayman Islands and one of the most advanced in the region.
The Centre also marks the first phase of the 70,000-square-foot modern, state-of-the-art medical facility being built on three acres of land to the south of Camana Bay at a cost of US$100 million.
Health City’s Chief Business Officer, Shomari Scott, also shared a surprise message from Dr Shetty regarding the official naming of the Centre:
Today the Caribbean, Latin America and this side of the world have options they otherwise would not if not for a special individual. A man who was a main driver, physically building and then figuratively sailing this vision to safe harbor. This man is no other than my good friend, Mr. Gene Thompson…. Gene, today we are here because of you. Although you may be physically gone, your legacy and spirit through Health City will live on. Today it’s only right that we honour you. I am saddened that you left this earth far to early however I am excited to forever honor you by naming of this next phase of OUR vision, the Gene Thompson Radiotherapy Centre.
Scott further unveiled an image of the late Gene Thompson, which he said “will be the inspiration for a painting currently being developed that will be permanently displayed at the front of the Gene Thompson Radiotherapy Centre with a plaque that outlines the significant impact Gene would have made.”
Present to acknowledge this honour was Mrs Melissa Thompson, who also received a book of condolences from all of Health City’s staff.
Gene Thompson dedication
The new Radiation Oncology Centre is an outstanding healthcare resource for the community, not just for cancer treatment but also specialised radiation services. There is no longer the need for the people of the Cayman Islands to travel overseas for advanced care and be away from family members when their love and support is most needed. This translates to more lives saved and a better quality of life for those who will benefit from these services.
Health City Clinical Director Dr Binoy Chattuparambil called the new Radiation Oncology Centre “a symbol of hope, built on a legacy of excellence in medicine which balances compassionate patient care with research, development, and innovation.”
He added: “The technology which is available means we are now able to provide effective, precise, and less invasive cancer treatments for the people of the Cayman Islands.”
Upon completion, Health City Camana Bay will feature several medical specialties not currently available in the Cayman Islands.
Among those will be a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), an emergency pavilion and critical care unit, and a robust multispecialty program, including robotic surgery.
The facility is expected to be fully operational in 2024.
About Health City Cayman Islands:
Health City Cayman Islands is a medically advanced tertiary hospital located near High Rock in the district of East End in Grand Cayman. The brainchild of internationally-renowned heart surgeon and humanitarian Dr. Devi Shetty, it features a unique model of healthcare, built with a focus on the patient and rooted in innovative business models that allow the delivery of high-quality, affordable care. It is the largest hospital in the Caribbean to have earned the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission International (JCI), the worldwide leader in accrediting the quality of healthcare. For more information, visit www.healthcitycaymanislands.com.