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Baptist Health International Center of Miami Donates Automated External Defibrillators

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Baptist Health International Center of Miami, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, with Carol Biggs, R.N., MBA-HA, DHSc, vice president of South Miami Heart Center and a Jamaica native, today presented five automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Medical Association of Jamaica at a press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in New Kingston.

Baptist Health International is committed to aiding its Caribbean neighbors by providing the islands with vital healthcare resources and access to the latest medical technology. Baptist Health's ongoing responsibility to Jamaica is unwavering, and the donation of the AEDs is a testament to the organization's support for the local medical community, said Dr. Biggs. As a Jamaican who cares about the country and our people, and a healthcare professional who is critically aware of the importance of immediate response when dealing with a heart-related emergency, I am extremely gratified by this event because this equipment will help save the lives of fellow countrymen.

The Medical Association of Jamaica has selected the National and Trelawny stadiums and medical teams for the Jamaica Defense Force, Ministry of Health and UWI Mona Campus as recipients of the life-saving equipment. Following the press conference and donation, Dr. Biggs conducted a special training session for representatives from each team to ensure that they are certified in the proper administration and use of the AEDs.

We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Baptist Health, spearheaded by one of our very own, said Winston De La Haye, M.D., president of the Medical Association of Jamaica. The organization's mission to bring the highest quality care and medical resources to Jamaica with the guidance of Dr. Biggs is evident through this important contribution, and we hope to continue working together to identify areas that need our attention, including overall heart health, which is a top concern for our citizens.

Dr. Biggs was recently recognized by the South Florida-based organization Identify, Connect, Activate the Black Accomplished (ICABA) as one of the 100 Most Accomplished Blacks in Law and Healthcare. As vice president of South Miami Heart Center, Dr. Biggs is responsible for the strategic development and management of its comprehensive cardiovascular program. In addition to coordinating the donation of the AEDs, Dr. Biggs has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of ongoing educational and community health outreach programs in her native Jamaica, including the annual donation of hygienic supplies and clothing to SOS Village in Montego Bay. On Tuesday, July 20, Dr. Biggs joined South Miami Hospital's Caribbean Charity for Children for this year's donation to more than 110 children.

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