The Adventist-owned and operated Hiram S. Walters (HSW) Health and Outreach Centre, expanded their services to the Sydenham and adjoining communities, with the official opening of the Kenn-Sterl Wing, on Sunday September 1, 2019.
The new wing is funded jointly by Kenn-Sterl Company Ltd. and the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists.
The spacious 2500 square-feet extension, hosts a Pharmacy and other medical facilities including an area for Mental Health Counseling. Additional services such as paediatrics and dental x-rays are also among the list of new services that will be offered at the health centre.
Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church in Jamaica and former board chairman of health centre, said that, “the SDA church in Jamaica is concerned about the wholistic development of the citizens, as a result we believe that we should leverage our human resource, and assets to not only bring honour and glory to God, but to benefit the citizens in the community in which we serve.”
Brown also reminded the audience that the vision is for ordinary people to benefit holistically from the expanded services that HS Walters Health and Outreach Centre has to offer.
“Once they access these services they will be become healthier physically, but ultimately come to know that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour of there lives,” he concluded.
The addition of these services have also impacted the current opening hours of the health centre, as a result the new opening hours are, Mondays to Thursdays,8:00am to 5:00pm, Fridays 8:00am to 12:00pm and on Sundays 9:00am to 1:00am.
As guest speaker at the opening ceremony,Mrs. Keisha Sterling- Richards owner of Kenn-Sterl, and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bushy Park, took time to chronicle her journey from poverty to be the owner of a pharmaceutical company, to now manager for the pharmacy on the Kenn-Sterl Wing of the HSW Health and Outreach Centre.
She also showed special recognition to the persons who contributed to her successes, including her mother, her husband Mr. Seymour Richards, Project Manager and co-owner of Kenn-Sterl, and other friends, who were present at the ceremony.
Dr. Nadine Williams , in bringing greetings on behalf of The Honorable Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, said that the ministry is proud of this institution ,and affirms partnerships like this one, whose goal it is to ensure the continuous maintenance of our health centres.
She added that this is essential as a part of the restoration of the credibility to our health centres and clinics island-wide.
Pastor Levi Johnson, president of Central Jamaica Conference and Board Chairman of the H.S. Walters Health Centre, said he was appreciative of the partnership with Kenn-Sterl. He said that this new facility will help to greatly improve the health care services that they provide for the community.
He underscored the commitment to the growth and impact of health ministry, from the staff of the HS. Walters health and outreach centre, fellow administrators Pastor’s Nevail Barrett and Billy Watson, Onell Montaque, Pastor of the Sydenham districts of churches and former health ministries director, Pastor Damian Chambers as the reason health centre has taken off to new heights.
“It’s quite an achievement for an organisation of our size to accomplish something on such a grand scale, and we are grateful to God for His blessings”, said Mrs. Mary Cole, Managing director the HS Walters health and outreach centre.
The heath centre, started operation in January 9, 1989 and was named in honor of Hiram S Walters, former president of CJC.
In 2011 the building was given an overhaul and face lift in order to re-position the centre to meet the growing demands. Presently the services delivered by approximately 28 health care workers included a range of Medical, Dental and therapeutic services.
The HS Walter's health and outreach centre is located on Old Harbour Road, St. Catherine, and is operated by the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.