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St. Maarten Medical Center gets new general director


CAY HILL–Three months after the departure of Dr. George Scot, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has a new General Director as of April 1.

SMMC’s Supervisory Council announced on Wednesday, that it has appointed Yvonne van Ameijden as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Interim Financial Director. The Chairperson of the Board and the General Director of SMMC are considered the same position.

Van Ameijden holds a masters degree in Strategic Business Administration. She has a vast experience in top management positions in various health care organisations including a nurse care and home care organisation with over 1,200 employees, and being the operations manager for the laboratories and pharmacy division of the university hospital of Utrecht in The Netherlands as well as holding a position as interim manager at ADC in Curaçao from 2002 to 2003, it was stated in a press release on Wednesday. She was scheduled to arrive in St. Maarten on Wednesday evening.

As interim manager she has assisted diverse organisations with the development of quality improvements, cost reductions and development and implementation of strategic policy measures, it was stated in the release.

“After executing an extensive interview process with several candidates we believe that Mrs. van Ameijden is a good fit for the interim position at the SMMC, and we are very pleased that she has accepted,” said Chairman of the Supervisor Council of SMMC Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth.

The review of the organisational structure is one of the priorities of the St. Maarten Medical Center. Mid last year, SMMC had commissioned an independent agency to conduct an organisational scan of the hospital. Based on that the Supervisory Council has decided to fill the Board of Directors with two positions: a Financial Director and a Medical Director.

Currently the open recruitment process to fill said positions in the Board of Directors for the long term is ongoing. This is a separate process that is not connected to the interim position.

“St. Maarten Medical Center will continue, as usual, to work towards improving the level and quality of care for the benefit of all the residents of St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius and surrounding islands. We look forward to doing so in collaboration with our stakeholders,” it was stated in the release.

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