The Adventist Church in Central Jamaica through its Health Ministries Department established its annual Health Summit and Lecture Series in memory of the late Hiram S. Walters, the first President of CJC. The inaugural summit was held on the on the weekend of July 9-10, 2016 at the Sydenham SDA Church in St. Catherine.
The summit started with a Worship Service on Sabbath, July 9. According to Pastor Roy Dennis, Health Ministries Director of CJC, the purpose of the service, (in addition to highlighting the work of Hiram S. Walters) is to promote the Adventist Philosophy of Health, highlight the services offered by the Adventist-owned and operated Health Center (H.S. Walters Health Center) and to create a forum for the Annual Health Lectures.
During the service on Sabbath, special awards were presented as follows:
Hiram S. Walters Health Centre. The award was collected by Mrs. Mary Cole, Manager of the Health Center. The Adventist-owned and operated clinic has been in operation for 27 years. Located on the Old Harbour Road, beside the Sydenham Church, it serves the surrounding communities, as well as the entire Conference with basic health services.
The Braeton Seventh-day Adventist Church was also recognized for their outstanding contributions to health ministry within the local church. In November 2015, the Braeton Church launched their mobile medical and dental health clinic to take basic health services to the door-steps of community members.
Mrs. Georgia Walters, grandniece of the late Hiram S. Walters, collected an award on behalf of her family in honor of the late Hiram S. Walters for his outstanding contributions to the growth and development of CJC.
Miss Sonia Thomas, a nurse at the H.S. Walters Health Center for 21 years of service to the institution.
According to Pastor Levi Johnson, president of CJC, during his greeting, “it is our goal to take health care to the other two parishes (Manchester and Clarendon) as well as constructing four (4) centers of influence.” According to Pastor Johnson, “a branch of H.S. Walters Health Clinic will be constructed in Portmore at the Braeton SDA Church in the near future.”
A major highlight of the weekend’s program was a panel discussion that reflected on the life of Hiram S. Walters.
Members of the Panel included Pastor Ronnie Henry, Executive Secretary of CJC, Georgia Walters (grandniece), Dr. Val Chambers (Autobiographer), Pastor Kenneth C. Henry, Mr. Winston Preddie and Kemar Douglas, Pastor of the Clear Park District of Churches as the host. Each of the panelist gave diverse perspective on the life of Hiram S. Walters.
According to Georgia Walters, who refers to her uncle as “Uncle Tim”, “H.S. Walters was very loved and respected by his family. He was a very firm, but kind-hearted individual who always encouraged the young members of his family to pursue higher education.”
Lecture Series and Health Clinic
On Sunday, July 10, the summit continued with a Health Fair and Lecture Series.
The Health Fair, which was held on the grounds of the Sydenham Church and the H.S. Walters Health Center saw over 300 persons receiving medical attention by the four (4) doctors and other medical practitioners that were present.
Attendees received basic health services such as Blood Pressure Check, ECG, Mammogram and Pap-smear.
The lecture series saw over one hundred (100) local church health ministry leaders and medical practitioners in attendance. The lectures were conducted by persons from the Natural and Applied Sciences Department of Northern Caribbean University.
The medical practitioners received five (5) hours of CE credits for attending the lecture series.
Both Health Fair and Lecture Series got support from the following entities:
CJC Medical Missionaries
Jamaica Union Conference
National Health Fund
Jamaica Cancer Society
Braeton SDA Church Medical and Dental Mobile Unit
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica
H.S. Walters Health Clinic
NCU Media Group