(CMR) Dr. Amber Martinez, who succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash last month, is remembered by her colleagues at the Health Services Authority (HSA), patients, and friends as a respected, hardworking, and compassionate young physician.
She is also remembered as one who was zealous about her career and loved helping others.
The Health Services Authority said the organization is deeply saddened by the tragic passing Dr. Amber Martinez.
“The impact of this loss on our staff has been immeasurable. The Board, management, and staff of the HSA extend sincere condolences to her family, colleagues, and friends both in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere during this difficult time,” the HSA said.
Dr. Martinez's professional history with the HSA began when she joined the organization as a high school intern. Determined and very professional, Dr. Martinez assisted in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department and shared her aspirations of becoming a medical doctor with colleagues. She also interned with the Public Health Department in 2014, working on projects of national concern before leaving for medical school in 2016.
After fulfilling her goal and gaining her qualification as a physician, she returned to the organization and worked closely with the Public Health and Primary Health Care team. She spoke to staff passionately about her next career step, which was to attend a teaching hospital in the United Kingdom in the coming months to specialize in acute medicine.
The team described her as a focused, ambitious, responsible, and assertive individual – an extraordinary young woman – kind, powerful, empathetic, and intelligent.
Upon hearing the news of Dr. Martinez's passing, the Health Services Authority's medical staff worked under challenging emotional circumstances despite their professional training.
“Despite the grief that we feel, we are left with many memories of a wonderful human being who made a profound positive impact during her time with us,” the HSA said.