On Wednesday members of the press met with representatives of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on the occasion of their 18th anniversary. The hospital has recorded great strides in certain branches of medicine but continues to suffer the black eye of recent deaths in the pediatric intensive care unit which was officially linked to a bacteria invading the ward in May. Director of Medical Services Dr. Adrian Coye cited greater surgical operations, about 350 per month, and the continued dialysis program as well as new introductions in surgical and cardiac care. The hospital also points to support from the business and greater community in its adopt-a-ward program. With regard to the efforts to improve infection control and other recommendations by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) CEO Gary Longsworth reports great progress toward the self-imposed September 30 deadline. New repairs have allowed for greater space to treat neonates, up to 22 versus 10 in the previously crowded facility. The hospital has received support from PAHO and specialists from Mexico and the United States even as it awaits the new PICU wing costing $6 million and spearheaded by Special Envoy Kim Simplis-Barrow. The final piece of news coming from the KHMH is the extension of CEO Longsworth’s contract, which chair of the Board of Directors Chandra Nisbet Cansino is quoted as saying was hotly debated. A majority agreed to give him one more year and a grateful Longsworth says he wants to see through these plans and implementations. He pointed out that the report does not specifically blame anyone and that the most they can do is learn from the “system failures” that directly caused the deaths of 8 babies from the bacteria and a total of 13 in all.