NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) yesterday announced the appointment of Jessica Cartwright as acting hospital administrator of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) and Charlene Davis as principal nursing officer (PNO) at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), both with effect from April 6, 2021.
A former educator, Cartwright earned her Master of Health Administration (honors) from Western Connecticut State University and began her career in health administration at the PHA, Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), in July 1999, where she was posted as trainee administrative cadet.
She was appointed assistant hospital administrator in 2001 and accepted the appointment as senior assistant hospital administrator in 2003.
Throughout her tenure at PMH, Cartwright made significant contributions to the operations and further development of the hospital, including her role as client project manager of the Critical Care Block project. She has taken the lead on many major capital projects at PMH, one of the most recent being the Urgent and Emergency Care project, which includes a phased expansion and renovation of the PMH Emergency Department and an integrated system for the provision of urgent care services in the public health system at the Elizabeth Estates Clinic, New Providence.
In 2016, she was appointed as deputy hospital administrator, a position she held until her deployment to SRC.
Davis has over 33 years of clinical and administrative nursing experience, making her well-equipped to ensure the delivery of the standards of nursing care.
Among the first graduates of the College of The Bahamas’ Associate of Arts degree in Nursing program, Davis began her career as a registered nurse in 1987.
She served with distinction in the Intensive Care Unit, including serving in the role of charge nurse for the ward. Promoted to nursing officer II in 2003, she would serve as hospital duty area officer during evening shifts. She was promoted to nursing officer I in 2010 and was promoted again to senior nursing officer in 2013.
Davis would earn her Diploma: Adult Workforce Education and Training (AWET) (distinction) from the College of The Bahamas, and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration (distinction) from University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, in 2013. Her career was elevated once again when in 2016 she was appointed as deputy PNO for the PMH.
As a nurse, Davis brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having served with distinction at the bedside, as flight nurse, as a nurse educator with the College of The Bahamas and as a nursing administrator.
The board of directors, senior executives, staff and partners of the PHA extended congratulations and best wishes to Cartwright and Davis on their appointments.