St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently hosted a SYNERGY Conference, facilitated by their Quality and Safety Department, featuring Keynote Speaker, Dr. Eric Gertner, Associate Medical Director for Population Health and Patient Centered Medical Homes at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
During the conference, attendees were welcomed by SMMC Chairman of the Board of Directors Kees Klarenbeek and Head of Quality and Safety, Tammie Papada who presented on Prevention. “As Medical Institutions, it is important that we focus not only on palliative and curative care but also preventative care as it is our responsibility to the people and communities that we serve”, said Klarenbeek. Keeping with the theme of Prevention, Dr. Gertner spoke on “Improving Chronic Illness and Preventative Services through the Patient-Centered Medical Home”.
SYNERGY is the emergent leadership network of healthcare institutions in the Caribbean and their partners for prevention are White and Yellow Cross Sint Maarten, the Saba Healthcare Foundation and the Benevolent Foundation Saba, Public Health Saba, Sint Eustatius Health Care Foundation, Sint Eustatius Auxiliary Home, The Department of Public Health St Eustatius (Maatschappij en Welzijn), Turning Point Foundation, Mental Health Foundation St. Maarten, Mental Health Caribbean, Ministry of Public Health- Ambulance Services and SMMC.
Management of SMMC thanks Dr. Eric Gertner, and SYNERGY’s partners and look forward to the continuation of quality care close to home.