The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize’s biggest health care provider is under new leadership with Dr. Adrian Coye who replaced Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth as Chief Executive Officer. And while he plays the role as leader, it left his former position as Director of Medical services open and today management announced his replacement. Dr. Lisa Johnson, who had also applied for the CEO post, was assigned that post. Dr. Johnson is Belize's first female general surgeon and the first staff manager of the KHMH in its 19-year history. According to Doctor Johnson, she will supervise a new education campaign to target Belizeans on the specific services of the hospital, including those which have gone unnoticed and unmentioned.
Dr. Lisa Johnson
“We also recognize that many of us, I mean I went to medical school, I went through residency, I went through fellowship, we are not necessarily trained to relate well. What use to be the old style of bedside manner and there are times particularly when some of my staff are at the front lines dealing with very difficult situations and we recognize that and we recognize too that they require some assistance in dealing with the public. We don't always get to say the right thing at the right time every single time. That is human, we recognize it, but we also know that we need to improve not only just our ability to diagnose and to treat a particular clinical condition, but we also recognize that we need to relate to our patients in a better manner."
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