Friday, February 25, 2005

GibTelecom donates big screens for young patients

The children’s Rainbow Ward at the new St Bernard’s Hospital has been presented with two 42 inch wide-screen plasma televisions by Gibtelecom.

This follows on from the Company having donated 68 telephones to the Elderly Care Agency at Mount Alvernia and a further 220 to be used in the new hospital as bedside phones. The presentation was attended by Rahul Saxena, a Director of Gibtelecom and Vice President (Europe) for Verizon Communications, which part-owns Gibtelecom along with the Government of Gibraltar.

The two locally-bought giant televisions were officially presented to Sister Mary Sene of Rainbow Ward and young Amy Cataña (representing the young patients) by Fabian Vinet
in his capacity as Chairman of Gibtelecom.

Commenting that he spoke from experience having himself been a hospital patient as a child, albeit at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, he said that it was always important to try and make a patient’s stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible, but that this was particularly important when dealing with children. Mr Vinet added that the staff already perform a wonderful job but that the two new televisions would hopefully make children’s stay that little bit more bearable. Earlier he had commented that this was another opportunity for Gibtelecom to give something back to the community.

Also attending the presentation were Minister for Health, Ernest Britto, a former Chairman of Gibtelecom; the new Chief Executive of the GHA Dr. McCutcheon; Managing Director of Gibtelecom, Charles Fortunato and Customer Services Manager, Peter Borge.

Gibtelecom, who provided the cabling, phone system, data equipment and network at the hospital, laid a total of 150km of copper wire and 10km of fibre cable during their work.

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