CTMH has recruited Dr. Dwight Lowe who will be starting as a Consultant Oncologist/ Haematologist with the Specialist Clinic this month on the 29 December. Dr. Lowe has more than 12 years of relevant experience having graduated from The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona with his M.B., B.S. followed by his earning of the DM (Clinical Haematology) degree from UWI– Mona. He has been a Lecturer and Consultant Haematologist/Oncologist for the past seven years at the UWI – Mona Campus and the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and CTMH has happily to welcomed Dr. Lowe to the Cayman Islands, where he began practicing as an Oncologist on 20 November 2014.

Additionally, CTMH has recruited an experienced Oncology/Chemotherapy Registered Nurse to CTMH. Elaine Semchuk has completed the required competencies for Canadian Certification in Oncology Nursing and has been with CTMH since September 2014. Elaine has more than eight years of nursing experience in Canada.

The Oncology Service will provide care for patients with Benign and Malignant Haematologic disorders as well as for patients with Cancers. A Board Certified Doctor will be covering for Dr. Lowe for continuity of care on Island during the intervals between consultation visits to CTMH by Dr. Lowe.

Professional Pharmacy, which has been affiliated with CTMH for the past 15 years, has recently installed a USP 797 Clean Room at CTMH and will be able to prepare sterile chemotherapy onsite by experienced pharmacists Mr. Kevin Gipple from the USA and Ms. Margo McCrae from Canada.

Mr. Gipple, graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1977. During his 30+ years of practice both in the US and in Cayman, Kevin has worked in Pharmaceutical research; staff Pharmacist primarily in hospitals but also in community and clinic settings; and in management as Chief Pharmacist at the Cayman Health Services (1984-87 and 1993-2003). Mr. Gipple’s clinical experience includes critical care in cardiovascular, surgical and trauma units as well as Chemotherapy Preparation and dispensing. He currently provides compounding service at Professional Pharmacy (CTMH) and recently completed Professional Compounding Centers of America’s compounding course.

Mr. Gipple initiated Chemotherapy and sterile product admixture services during his tenure at CIHSA and is excited to be part of the team introducing these services at CTMH. Ms. McCrae graduated with honors in 2009 from the University of Manitoba (Canada) with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. After graduation, she worked at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba for four years before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2013 and beginning employment at CTMH. At St. Boniface General Hospital she worked part of the time as clinical pharmacist on both internal medicine and general surgery wards. She spent the remainder of her time working in the sterile compounding service where she supervised the preparation of chemotherapy and other IV admixtures for both adults and neonates. Ms. McCrae completed both sterile products and chemotherapy certification courses in Texas in July, 2014. She looks forward to working with the oncology team to ensure patients receive safe, high-quality care when receiving chemotherapy CTMH.

Chief Pharmacist, David Pellow said, “Professional Pharmacy is pleased to partner with CTMH to introduce the new Oncology Service with the new state of the art facility for providing the required and customised chemotherapy drugs that will help patients’ battle cancer in the convenience of our George Town location.”

The CTMH Oncology Service will offer patients who are resident in the Cayman Islands: A convenient central location in George Town, Grand Cayman; so there will be no need to travel overseas for treatment; Ample parking and easy access to a small facility with Private and Semi – Private Patient Treatment Rooms; An experienced Consultant Oncologist/ Haematologist; Pharmacists experienced in preparing and dispensing of chemotherapy medications in a certified clean room with a state of the art hood ventilation system and a dedicated Oncology and Chemotherapy Nurse.

As published in Cayman Reporter