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Primary Health Services gets new leadership after 5-year absence

Local specialist Pediatrician with the BVI Health Services Authority Dr Natasha D. Frett, has been appointed Director of Primary Healthcare Services, effective September 1, 2018. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Local specialist Pediatrician with the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Dr Natasha D. Frett, has been appointed Director of Primary Healthcare Services (PHS), effective September 1, 2018.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms Paula Chester-Cumberbatch, welcomed the appointment of Dr Frett, to the position, calling it, “key to the strategic planning process for primary and community healthcare services.”

She lamented, “we have been without someone in this position for the last five years” and observed that with the appointment of Dr Frett, “our primary healthcare system has an opportunity for significant growth.”

Ms Chester-Cumberbatch, in a government release announcing the appointment—on September 7, 2018—said the greater emphasis is being placed on quality improvement, improved service delivery and patient care, and the appointment will strengthen the delivery of Primary Healthcare Services.

Day to Day

Dr. Frett is also presently the Medical Officer for the Child Abuse Investigative Team (CAIT) of the Virgin Islands and sits on the Committees for the Expanded Program on Immunization and the Early Childhood Task Force. 

She is a also member of the ‘Be Your Brother’s Keeper’ University (ByBK) mentorship programme and is also the founder of ‘Tiny Champs’ a parent support initiative for infants admitted to Peebles Hospital Intensive Care Unit. 

With the appointment as Director, Dr Frett will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Primary Healthcare and Community Health Services and the management and supervision of clinical, professional and support staff. 

She will also oversee the planning and delivery of services, budget preparation, information management and the security and disaster management of the facilities.

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