Its the former Dutch Guiana. In northern South America. Since 1996 there is an official Suriname Tourism Foundation
Four times bigger than the Netherlands – 163’820 km2 – Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Followed by a military regime time until 1991.
A history of colonisation, slavery, plantations and maroons. The dutch gained control over the former english colonies in 1667. The time of sugar and slaves resulted for instance in the maroons, fugitives from slavery who raided the plantations. Governor Mauricius tried to come to terms with the maroons around 1741 but they were not impressed.
However the nomadic Arowaks inhabited Suriname about 3000 before Christ, some 570’000 people today.
11 minutes video about the first people of Suriname.
BBC Fast Track 4 minues video (including French Guiana).
Now to the capital Paramaribo and healthcare and hospital.
The Sint Vincentius Ziekenhuis on Koninginnestraat 4. Founded in 1916.
1894 – 6 religious persons of the Congregation of Sisters of Love from Tilburg started to work in the health care.
1916 – they founded the St. Vincentius Hospital with 70 beds.
1964, 1976 and 1978 – expansions.
Today – 320 beds and 600 staff (about 50% in nursing).
The 100 year jubilee will be in 2016. The 15 minutes 100 year video here (in Dutch).
Learn more about that hospital in Facebook in Dutch.
From the Strategisch Beleidsplan 2012-2016, strategic policy
– patient mix: 60% state insurance fund, 40% private
– 2010: 5549 patients, 41’746 bed days
– Average stay: 7 days
– Some renovations between 2010 and 2012, for example by architect Frits Tjong Ayong
– Financial position: “could not be called rosy” (so the 2 bank accounts of the hospital are easy to spot on the web page)
– New target, growing market: medical tourism
– Strategic goals into concrete activities: 3 groups are working on that since 2011
The history of hospitals is often connected to the migration of humans. And colonisation. Healthcare is always an integrated part of that. For a lot of hospitals the next steps for expansion, refurbishment – modernization is a real challenge. There comes marketing, behavioral economics, disruptive innovation, design thinking, patient-centric design, participatory design, rapid prototyping. Its not a wonderworld of marketing and advertising. Its a responsability to match some of the most important future needs of humans. Stay tuned, engage.