*Photos by Glenn Tucker and Jordan Faries


Members of the media were invited inside for a first look at the new acute care wing on Thursday, as Bermuda Hospital Board CEO Venetta Symonds was presented with a key.

The brand new and modern-looking facility was said to have reached “substantial completion”, a construction milestone meaning all the major construction tasks are complete. The BHB will now be responsible for preparing the facility, training and orienting staff, and preparing for September of this year, when the hospital will welcome it’s first patients.

“Today is a milestone for Bermuda. It’s a day that marks a pivotal moment in the history of health care on the island,” Premier Michael Dunkley said in a press conference, calling the new wing “a first-class facility that anyone in the world would be proud of.“

Newly crowned Minister of Health Jeanne Atherden was also on hand for the presentation, saying: “This is an important milestone, but I must remind you that this is not the end of the journey. There is still serious work to be done, and in the next three months we have to ensure that there is a safe and seamless transition of patients and services, and we have to prepare the staff for the new standards of care that the BHB will be able to introduce at this new facility.

“I’m greatly looking forward to the doors opening in September.”


Speech by Premier Michael Dunkley

Good afternoon!

Today is a milestone day for Bermuda.

It is a day which marks a pivotal moment in our healthcare industry.

It is also a the day when the BHB can start the process in earnest of ensuring that everything is in place and in good working order in advance of September – when the full transference of the patients and healthcare services occurs.

To everyone who had a role to play in bringing this day to fruition I want to congratulate you on behalf of the Government and the people of Bermuda.

I want to particularly acknowledge the building contractors – Paget Health Services and all of the workers who put in the long arduous hours to create this structure.

You have all done stellar work in creating a truly first class facility that all of Bermuda can be proud of.

And in keeping with highlighting the construction works, I would be remiss if I didn’t give special thanks to the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation.

This Government is focused every day on creating opportunities for Bermudians and through the BEDC’s work with the Small Business Construction Incubator and their Hands Up Programme, they’ve worked to ensure that small business owners in the industry were provided an opportunity to work on this site.

I know my newly appointed Minister of Health Jeanne Atherden shares the excitement of today’s occasion, and I am pleased to invite her to now say a few words.

Thank you.

Speech by Health Minister Jeanne Atherden

Thank you Honourable Premier,

Indeed, I too am excited that the Bermuda Hospitals Board is getting the key to the Acute Care Wing today. It was just a few weeks ago that I was a member of that Board and so I am well informed on the need for this facility and its importance to healthcare in Bermuda.

This is an important milestone.  But it is not the end of the journey.  There is serious work still to be done in the next three months to ensure a safe and seamless transition of patients and services and to prepare staff for the new standards of care that the BHB will be able to introduce at the new facility.  I am greatly looking forward to the doors opening in September.

Congratulations Ms Symonds, Mr Brewin, Paget Health Services and to the main contractor BCM McAlpine.  I now invite Mr Alan Burland to say a few words.