“C” Division Commander, Calvin BrutusFifty-seven-year-old pedal cyclist Ramlackhan who was struck down by an intoxicated Corporal attached to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) recently underwent surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital, but has not regained consciousness.This was confirmed by C Division (East Coast Demerara) Commander Calvin Brutus on Monday when he related that at presently, the Police were awaiting the return of a file from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) so that charges can be laid.“Dangerous driving is subject to the individual. So, we have already started the preliminary work in relation to the advice for the Driving Under the Influence (DUI). But not the accident in general … given the present state of the victim,” he related.On May 25, Ramlackhan was struck down along the Vryheid’s Lust Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) by motor car PRR 7815 allegedly being driven by the soldier. The severely injured man is said to hail from Lot 346 Martyrs’ Ville, Mon Repos, ECD.At the time of the accident, Ramlackhan was towing another friend, who is reportedly from 6th Street, Success, ECD. His friend suffered minor injuries.Reports are that, on the day in question, the duo were riding along the roadway when they were knocked off the bicycle by the vehicle being driven by the GDF rank, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.Ramlackhan was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted a patient.A breathalyser test was conducted on the driver of the vehicle, and it was discovered that his alcohol intake was above the legal limit. Investigations into the matter continue, as Ramlackhan remains in a coma at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Commander Brutus had previously explained that the soldier who was allegedly driving the car involved in the accident was released into the custody of the Army.“The Joint Services Protocol dictates that we hand him over to his superiors pending the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). With regard to Police having custody of Joint Services ranks, it is dependent on the category of crime. For instance, if it is murder or so, they will stay in our (GPF) custody. If it is a lesser category, we hand them over to their respective agency and they will take responsibility to bring them back whenever is needed; or if advice is to charge, they will make them available and bring them so,” he had recently stated.
The new cardiac catheterization lab, designed to diagnose and treat patients with heart disease in the first 90 minutes after they experience chest pains, will be getting new equipment and a new central location at the hospital. To expedite care for these critical cases, the cath lab will be placed in between the hospital’s emergency room and the operating room. The hospital has also launched a refurbishment of its operating room. Thanks to a $1 million grant from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation, the O.R. will be getting new lights, anesthesia equipment and new equipment for general, vascular, urological and pediatric surgery. By the end of the month, the hospital will also be inaugurating a new picture archiving and communication system that will allow doctors and specialists to review filmless X-rays, even from remote locations. For Greene, a Valley resident, keeping Valley Presbyterian on the cutting edge is more than just his job – it’s his form of giving back to the community. “I am only the third CEO in this hospital’s 50-year history,” Greene said. “I am a steward of a community asset. … I am looking forward to the next 50 years.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In 1958, Valley Presbyterian Hospital opened its doors with 63 beds in a 32,000-square-foot facility. Now as the hospital approaches its 50th anniversary, the facility spans roughly 1 million square feet and 350 beds and treats more than 100,000 Valley residents a year. Like most hospitals in the area, remaining open has been a struggle, but Albert Greene, president and chief executive officer at Valley Presbyterian, said the future looks bright for this Van Nuys fixture. “It was a precarious situation when I arrived,” said Greene, who took over running the hospital in April 2006. “But with the support of the community, we have been able to turn things around.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Under Greene’s supervision, the hospital – which had been in a downward revenue spiral for years – was able to take a $7.8 million deficit in 2006 and turn it around to a $625,00 surplus this year. For Greene, that surplus is only a small sign of successes to come. Several improvement projects are set to begin, including a new cardiac facility, a high-tech X-ray system and a state-of-the-art operating room. “If we don’t have it already, we are getting it here at Valley Presbyterian,” Greene said. “Technology really is the critical difference between routine care and outstanding care, which is what the community wants and expects here.”