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Fired T&T health boss Paula Chester-Cumberbatch new CEO of BVIHSA

- Local Dr Ronald E. Georges reportedly snubbed
Virgin Islands News Online can confirm that the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) is Trinidadian Paula Chester-Cumberbatch. Photo: Facebook/File
Left: Medical Officer and local Dr Ronald E. Georges was snubbed for the post of BVIHSA CEO held by Darlene Carty-Baptiste (right). Photo: VINO/File
Left: Medical Officer and local Dr Ronald E. Georges was snubbed for the post of BVIHSA CEO held by Darlene Carty-Baptiste (right). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our newsroom is that the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) is Trinidadian Paula Chester-Cumberbatch.

According to our National Democratic Party (NDP) sources, Chester-Cumberbatch received the nod over local applicant Dr Ronald E. Georges.

The BVIHSA is to make an announcement at a press conference on the new CEO later this morning, September 5, 2016.

Chester-Cumberbatch will replace the outgoing CEO Darlene Carty-Baptiste.

About Paula Chester-Cumberbatch

In 2012 almost one year after she was fired as Chief Executive Officer of the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) for not issuing suspension letters to medical professionals under investigation in the death of a young mother, Paula Chester-Cumberbatch was appointed in the same position, only this time in the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA).

According to her Facebook profile she was Tobago Regional Health Authority’s Chief Executive Officer from February 16, 2012 to September 9, 2014, and South West Regional Health Authority Chief Executive Officer from November 2009 to March 2011.

Additionally, she was with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation as Assistant Secretary (Executive Member) from October 8, 2002 to December 31, 2015.

At the University of West Indies St Augustine she was a Lecturer (part-time) from September 1999 to 2011.

Her education includes - Howard University Class of 1993 · MBA · Heath Services Administration · Washington, District of Columbia. Howard University Class of 1991 · Marketing · Washington, District of Columbia and St. Joseph's Convent Class of 1979 · Bhubaneswar, India

As an Entrepreneur she is Co-Owner/CEO Trini Sisters FingerNails 2 Go - TT · November 2015 to present -Providing Digital Nail Art Printing On Natural And Artificial Nails In Seconds, Including A Selfie, Using The Latest Technology From Tensator (Portugal), Hewlett Packard (Germany) And FinerNails Go (UK).

32 Responses to “Fired T&T health boss Paula Chester-Cumberbatch new CEO of BVIHSA”

  • ok (05/09/2016, 10:34) Like (12) Dislike (27) Reply
    How would georges be CEO while running his private practice?
    • @ ok (05/09/2016, 11:14) Like (41) Dislike (6) Reply
      he from here look we got politicians doing the same thing you all set of hypocrites
    • THINK! (07/09/2016, 21:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      If he applied he must have had that already worked out. Many doctors offices run with the other associates.
  • wize up (05/09/2016, 10:52) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    How will our sons & daughters ever get experience; i say given then a probation period during which an assessment will be done on their ability;if that fails them recruit someone from overseas.....
    • Hmm (05/09/2016, 15:59) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      He was acting CEO for a long time so he had a chance to prove himself. The results were ...
  • son of the soil (05/09/2016, 10:55) Like (20) Dislike (8) Reply
    Another island person again?
  • Clearly (05/09/2016, 10:55) Like (43) Dislike (5) Reply
    so when locals are fired its an issue but outsiders who were fired in their homeland can get top jobs in the BVI; I going ensure NDP is gone next election
    • ? (05/09/2016, 11:12) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
      Look at why she was fired. It had nothing to do with performance.
      • THINK! (05/09/2016, 11:43) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
        She was fired for " not issuing suspension letters to medical professionals under investigation in the death of a young mother", that speaks to performance.
  • tt (05/09/2016, 10:59) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope they confirm her credentials
  • belonger (05/09/2016, 11:07) Like (20) Dislike (12) Reply
    I am a Commercial Pilot, and was hired for ten (10) years with British American Airlines, after playing video games of flying a US Fighter Jet for many years. U mean to tell me u bring a Nail Technician to administrate our hospital, who say does degrees are real, they could have been bought online well thing 2 talk in this Tola we live in Buddy. What next, an astronaut to be in charge of Financial Services.
    • WTF (05/09/2016, 11:35) Like (12) Dislike (9) Reply
      She went to HOWARD UNIVERSITY ASS!! What online bought degree are you talking about? That is very easy to verify so stop talking nonsense.
      • @wtf (05/09/2016, 17:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Unless it is checked out, they could say anything. This happen to someone before and when the person was not performing in the job place the employer checked and found out the person never one day attended the school they claimed they got the degree from.
    • B Savage (05/09/2016, 12:21) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound stupid, let me guess ...cleaner, short order cook? Read at an elementary level? Can't put my finger on it.
  • wize up (05/09/2016, 11:47) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am just putting this out there and you can conclude what you so desire: the Chairman for the that same facility keep harping about buying local but turns around and reject a local.....one person blog asking how can the young man be CEO and conduct his own private partice however the chairman is a pastor and a business man(what ah mash up).....the woman also have her own business in T&T and still the CEO in BVI
  • Hmmm (05/09/2016, 12:09) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr Georges was BVIHSA CEO before...so before saying anything get all the facts
    • yes (05/09/2016, 13:31) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
      Dr Georges grew up and was born in Trinidad.
      Facts are important.
      The BVIHSA needs new blood.
      Healthcare is about competences not birthrights
  • Sawda (05/09/2016, 13:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    My beautiful Boss hahaha ..
  • ???? (05/09/2016, 13:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Trini Sisters FingerNails 2 Go ..............LOL.................

    Hopefully, Dr. Cumberbatch won't that batch of staff down there even more Cumbersome.....
  • pep (05/09/2016, 14:42) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    THE NDP IS FOR OUTSIDERS
  • loco (05/09/2016, 15:24) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let's demonstrate ,we want locals here to work locals locals locals they are coming to make the green $$then go back home then just maybe she is smart enough to find a local married to him but don't do like the Santo and d Haitians and the rest .poor tollians
  • cnn (05/09/2016, 18:10) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Cline os 2 faced it got locals right here
  • wise up (05/09/2016, 19:05) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    It's a shame I read thru all the comment on 3 different news site and only 2 made since ,1-so aren't there Bvi Islanders working in top positions around the world?2- hopefully she can pass on knowledge to Bvi Islanders and make them more advance
  • facts man (05/09/2016, 22:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    this appointment is self serving and not for the movement of the BVI
  • rattie (05/09/2016, 22:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mi can smell the rat
  • apple (06/09/2016, 07:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seriously, I believe the BVI should locate the best quality LOCAL to do this job, Don't tell me there aren't none available. However be it that a decision is already made you must have a LOCAL to understudy this Expert and the position should become available to a BVIslander within two years. That's my point.
  • She better get ready (06/09/2016, 19:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't give two Sh**T who they put in there as CEO. All I know is they better make sure that new CEO has balls for whats coming their way. Lets see if she buckles under needed pressure. That hospital is a death trap, was a death trap and will always be a death trap.
    • Jaeboo (16/09/2016, 17:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Clearly she was good enough hence being hired. Suck it up and wish her well. Well done Trinisister!! Haters step back please. She is coming thru...
  • Let me break it down (30/09/2016, 18:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it initially.

    "They have recommended someone to me, I questioned them because I believe that BVIslanders should be given as Ms (Eileene) Parsons would say 'give them an opportunity to make a fool of themselves in their own country'. So I questioned, but there was no other way to go but this way, for now," he said.

    According to the good minister we a bunch of jack
    a$$e$ eho will make a fool of ourselves in that posiyion. How insulting. And they spend miliions educating us inly to insult us when it matters. I guess Cumberbatch mading a fool of herself in her home country qualifies her to make an a$$ of herself in ours. Shaking my head. The NDP is rude and disrespectful and we need to show them how foolish we really are in the next election. All their actions tell us that they know for sure we are fool, so let's prove them right 100% in 2018.
  • Observer (19/10/2016, 18:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are a set of factors that could have driven the Board to go outside: a CEO position is administrative in nature and not technical; Dr. Georges would have acted before and they would be aware of his capabilities;Dr. Georges may not have administrative qualifications, given what is reported on the papers; the Board is interested in ensuring that the New Hospital attains accreditation; and due to globalization, and the Boomer Generation becoming of age, there is need for accreditation of the hospital. This list is not exhaustive. I believe that the senior members of management within the Authority, should take the opportunity to learn the rolling out of this initiative. At the end of it all, not only Ms. Cumberbatch would enjoy a successful outcome, but also her Executive Team, the Board and the customers that access the services at the Hospital. Let us look at the composition of the Board, I believe that the outcome was objective and in the interest all stakeholders.


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