iPad’s that were gently used by Cayman Airways pilots as "Electronic Flight Bags" in the cockpits of the airline's 737-300 aircraft, are now enjoying lighter duties in little hands on the Pediatric Unit at the Cayman Islands Hospital.
The iPads were presented by Cayman Airways representatives, Mr. Juan Valerio, Supervisor of Technical Publications at Cayman Airways, and Capt. Dave Scott, VP Flight Operations.
“The Pediatric Unit was chosen for this donation because we wanted to ensure the young patients on the unit are kept entertained and informed,” Mr. Valerio said, explaining that the idea was born when a member of the Cayman Airways team visited a patient in the unit and identified that there was only a television available in the play area. "Knowing that the iPad’s were available, the employee suggested these be donated to the unit as added entertainment for the kids," he said.
The Pedatric Unit's Nurse Manager, Gill Barlow, said that in addition to providing entertainment for the young patients, the iPads will be used as a vehicle to explain therapies and pre-operative procedures. "Thanks to Cayman Airways, the iPads have been reset with age appropriate games installed, and the Pediatric unit will also be installing age appropriate applications relating to various aspects of the human body and informational pre-operative videos relating to clinical procedures," she explained. “Having the iPads will allow our children to be entertained with things that are familiar as they prepare for surgery or receive the treatments they need” she added.
Cayman Islands Hospital CEO, Lizzette Yearwood, in acknowledging the donation, thanked Cayman Airways for their continued support and stated that the iPads will be put to good use and will be of benefit to the children who are admitted to the Pediatric Unit.
"Cayman Airways is very pleased that the iPads will provide a positive distraction when needed, and will also provide an educational component for the children," Said Captain Scott.
Photo caption (from left to right) Gillian Barlow – HSA, Mr. Juan Valerio – Cayman Airways, Adelle Myers – HSA and Captain Dave Scott – Cayman Airways