With approval from Cabinet, following the recommendation of the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority’s Board of Directors, Mrs. Paula Chester-Cumberbatch has assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective today, 1st November.
Following a press conference last month, the (BVIHSA) Chairman, John I. Cline stated in a memorandum to all staff, “I am once again happy to announce the appointment of Mrs. Chester-Cumberbatch to the post of Chief Executive Officer to the BVIHSA”.
Mr. Cline’s statement was supported by the Chief of Medical Staff Dr. June Samuel, who stated “We are excited for the appointment of the new CEO. She has extensive background and knowledge in healthcare development and we are looking forward to taking the BVIHSA to new levels of service delivery that will benefit everyone that utilizes our health care system”.
Speaking with the new CEO, Mrs. Chester-Cumberbatch noted, “I am a strong believer that excellent health care is achievable for all. I have spent the last six months researching the BVIHSA, the culture of the BVI, and the health care needs of this Territory. From my first day on the island, of Tortola, I have met a significant amount of people that expressed concerns and provided recommendations as to their need for improved health care. I am here to work. I am here to make a contribution to the continued efforts from all before me to provide quality health care for the Virgins Islands community and beyond, and I am humbled to have been given this opportunity that will impact so many lives and families.”
Mrs. Chester-Cumberbatch obtained a Master’s Degree in Business and Health Services Administration, Magna Cum Laude from Howard University, in Washington DC in 1993. She also holds a Cum Laude Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Howard University in Washington DC in 1991. Additionally Mrs. Chester-Cumberbatch completed a Management and Administrative internship with John Hopkins Medical Institution located in Baltimore Maryland, USA in 1993. While in Baltimore Maryland she worked over three years for Prudential Insurance Company as a contract manager for contract management services for hospitals, ambulatory services, primary care, and Medicare/Medicaid services covering the Mid-Atlantic area in the USA which extended from New Jersey to Washington DC.
This appointment is Mrs. Chester-Cumberbatch’s fourth Chief Executive Officer position. She previously held CEO positions at Tobago Regional Health Authority in Scarborough Tobago, South-West Regional Health Authority in San Fernando Trinidad, and Eastern Regional Health Authority Sangre Grande, Trinidad respectively.
In addition to her background as a public health CEO, she has an extensive background in upper management, business development, marketing, consultation, contract management, and administration within health care and government.
The Chief Executive Officer plans and directs all aspects of the organization’s policies, objectives, and initiatives and has direct responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Authority. This position holder is accountable for managing, organizing and directing the Authority to ensure that quality patient care is provided and effective financial management is executed at all times. The CEO is also responsible to ensure that the Authority complies with all relevant laws, rules and regulations as well as development and implementation of policies and procedures.
The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors, and is supported by the Executive Management Team. The appointment of the CEO supports the strategic development and plans for the BVIHSA towards becoming the preferred provider of health care in the Virgin Islands and the region.