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Kirlew resigns lead role at GWest Corporation

GWest Corporation Limited has advised that Dr Konrad Kirlew has demitted the office of chairman and CEO of the medical company with immediate effect.

A medical complex located in Fairview, Montego Bay, Jamaica, GWest Corporation provides medical services to both the local and international markets, including health tourism.

In 2017, Dr Kirlew founded the GWest Centre with a group of Jamaican medical professionals and businessmen including Wayne Gentles, Dr Ladi Doonquah, Elva Williams-Richards, and Dennis and Denise Samuels. 

(Photo: Jamaica Stock Exchange)

The company, in its notice via the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), stated, “Dr Kirlew had indicated his intention to step down as chairman by the end of the year due to extenuating personal reasons, prior to departing on a leave of absence in July of this year. On his return, however, he advised that he was unable to continue until, then but would retain his directorship on the Board.”

Leadership changes

The board of directors of GWest Corporation Limited has, as a result, asked Wayne Wray, described as a mentor, to preside over board meetings until the election of a new chairman. 

Wayne Gentles, the finance director, will assume the office of executive director with overall responsibility for the management of GWest Corporation. Meanwhile, Angella Porter has been appointed manager of administration, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.

“Dr Kirlew had indicated his intention to step down as chairman by the end of the year due to extenuating personal reasons, prior to departing on a leave of absence in July of this year”

Arden Hamilton, the notice read, will continue in his position of senior accountant.

Half-year performance

For the six months ended September 2020, the company posted losses of JM$36.97 million, a year-on-year decrease of 12.4 per cent.

For the second quarter, losses amounted to JM$20 million. There was a reduction in operating revenue for the quarter by 12.5 per cent, and 20 per cent year to date.

The directors explained that the slide in revenue resulted from fewer patients visiting the facility due to COVID-19 and restrictions on movement.

As outlined on the company’s website, The GWest concept is to provide a wide range of “high-quality medical services in the same location, to an international standard”. The company is ideally located in the Fairview Corridor, Montego Bay’s new commercial hub.

Another phase of development

In its first phase of GWest offered an Urgent Care Centre, a clinical laboratory, an office suite for general practice and consultants. Available in the building are private medical facilities including The Heart Smart Centre, Zierlich Renal Dialysis, Facial and Oral Surgery Associates, Radiology West, and NorthCoast MRI.

(Photo: Facebook @Gwest Medical Centre)

The company also offers general dentistry, a 24-hour drive-through pharmacy, obstetrics-gynaecology, orthopaedic surgery, urology and paediatrician services.

According to the company’s website, phase 2 will include a modern Outpatient Surgery Centre, an eight-bed Inpatient Unit, as well as facilities for physicians visiting from elsewhere in Jamaica, the Caribbean and North America.