Rounded professional appointed as Inspector General

POSTED: 04/12/11 12:14 PM

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever met with and introduced the new Inspector General Earl Best on Monday. Best, who studied Sports Medicine in the Netherlands, was appointed for three years as of April 1.

De Weever introduced Best as a man of vast knowledge and experience in medicine, policy and administration. Best has served as a general practitioner, as a medical advisor to the Social Insurance Bank, acted as company doctor for Aviation Medical Examiner and headed several departments in Curacao, before taking this latest post. The former head of Sports Healthcare, Public Health Policy Development, Ambulatory Care, Curacao Emergency Medical Services and Department of Health Care Procurement at the Public Health Services, has training in mass casualty management, quality management, infectious diseases, pediatrics, critical medicine, oncology and advanced life support. The minister believes this “rounded background” will allow Best to fit well in his function.

“I’m happy to be living on St. Maarten after having visited the island quite frequently in past years and proud to be able to serve the community in the best way possible. As the Inspector General for Health Care and Labor affairs, I will do my utmost to establish and guaranteed level of care that meets accepted and required standards and quality and to interact more with the healthcare consumers and professionals. It’s a very challenging job, which I hope to fulfill to the maximum in the years ahead,” Best said at the introduction.

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