(CMR) The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) has promoted Caymanian Racquel Sutherland to the role of Director of Support Services and appointed Dr. Sharon Radcliffe as Director of Nursing.
Mrs. Sutherland has worked with the HSA as the Training and Development Manager for over three years and has over eight years of management experience. She holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Business Philosophy, a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management, a Higher Education Diploma in Nursing, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration.
In her new role, Mrs. Sutherland will provide strategic direction for facilities and plant operations, security services, infrastructure development, environmental services, and biomedical engineering services.
Commenting on her new role, Mrs. Sutherland said, “Our patients and service users deserve to be cared for in an environment that contributes to their wellness and offers peace of mind about the standard of care they receive. It is also important that they feel comfortable in our HSA environment.”
Succeeding Dr. Hazel Brown, who retired in 2022, Dr. Sharon Radcliffe returns to the HSA (following a prior six-year period of service) with some 31 years of experience in nursing and 20+ years in nursing leadership. The Director of Nursing is part of the senior management team with oversight responsibility for a cadre of over 300 nurses.
Dr. Radcliffe obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours from the University of Manchester, England, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Dundee, Scotland, a Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Leadership) from the University of Mary, North Dakota and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Nursing at Post University, Connecticut.
She said one of her main focuses will be to continue to build upon the legacy left by Dr. Brown by further encouraging and creating more opportunities for career growth and skill development among HSA nurses. She would also like to develop structures and processes that support patient-centered care at the HSA and build relationships within the community, particularly with the school of nursing.
“Ultimately, I want to use my many years of experience in senior nursing leadership to build upon the solid nursing foundation that HSA has developed and, through teamwork, take the nursing department from strength to strength,” said Dr. Radcliffe.
HSA’s Chief Executive Officer, Lizzette Yearwood, said, “We welcome Mrs. Sutherland and Dr. Radcliffe to the senior management team. They each bring a wealth of skills and experience to their respective roles. We are privileged to attract such top-level talent to the organization, and we look forward to working with these two professionals as we continue our mission to deliver safe, world-class healthcare.”