HSA PRESS STATEMENT
Passing of Dr. Vary Anetta Jones-Leslie
The Health Services Authority is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of a member of our medical fraternity, Dr. Vary Anetta Jones-Leslie, who succumbed to injuries from a motor vehicle accident at the Owen Roberts International Airport on Monday, 18 July 2017.
Health Services Authority Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Lizzette Yearwood says the impact on the staff of the Health Services Authority of the incident is immeasurable. The Board, management and staff of the HSA extends sincere condolences to her husband, family and colleagues and friends both in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere during this difficult time.
Ms. Yearwood says Dr. Jones-Leslie will be remembered by her colleagues at the HSA, patients and friends as a respected and compassionate clinician who dedicated her life to serving others and was passionate about her job beyond just providing medical care.
Colleagues remember her as a good clinician who was forward thinking and lived life to the fullest. Acting Medical Director, Dr. Elizabeth McLaughlin says her life and work as a clinician will be remembered by all of us. Her warm spirit, caring attitude and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others was exemplary, said Dr McLaughlin.
Ms. Yearwood added that despite the grief that we feel at her passing, she has left us with the many memories of a wonderful human being and a challenge to demonstrate the best of humanity in our everyday interactions.
The HSA would like to recognize and thank those who immediately offered assistance at the scene of the incident, the emergency medical crew, Dr James Akinwunmi and the medical staff of the Health Services Authority who, despite their professional training, worked under very difficult emotional circumstances.
We are also heartened by the extraordinary support of our national airline, Cayman Airways, the Ministry of Tourism, the Immigration Department, Civil Aviation Authority and the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, Department of Tourism, and the many other agencies who worked together, with very limited time, to facilitate Dr Jones-Leslie’s husband’s travel to the Cayman Islands and to provide support including the Honorary Jamaican Consulate.