SYNERGY is the emergent leadership network of healthcare institutions in the Caribbean. For the partners of the network Person Centered Healthcare is the core of the experience the patients or residents have.  The purpose of SYNERGY is to learn from other partners in the network in order to improve the quality of life of the people that are served and of those who work within the organisation. The target group of the network, the leaders, can be Board members, directors, management team members, quality managers. The following organisations partner in SYNERGY:  White and Yellow Cross Sint Maarten (president), Sint Maarten Medical Center, Saba Cares, Public Health Saba, Sint Eustatius Health Care Foundation, Sint Eustatius Auxiliary Home, The Department of Public Health St Eustatius (Maatschappij en Welzijn), Turning Point Foundation, MentalHealth Foundation stMaarten, Mental Health Caribbean. Van Kemenade ACT acts as secretary of the SYNERGY network. Members can log in here to the member page!

Seventh SYNERGY meeting planned: 27th  of March 2023

The seventh SYNERGY meeting will take place on StMaarten March 27th 2023. The topic of the meeting , besides exchange of experience, will be ‘change management’.

Sixth SYNERGY meeting, 24th  of October 2022

The sixth SYNERGY meeting took place on StMaarten October 24th 2022. The topic of the meeting , besides exchange of experience, was ‘Client Centred Care’.  It was a fruitful day, although less participants (10) than expected were present.


Fifth SYNERGY meeting  and the SYNERGY VIRTUAL SUMMIT, 21st of January 2021



All SYNERGY members are invited to a webinar on the prevention and treatment of Breast Cancer in times of COVID-19. Thursday 22nd of October 7.00 PM

The keynote speaker is  Dr. Jane E. Mendez, Chief of Breast Surgery at Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida.



#4  Fourth SYNERGY meeting on PREVENTION, 15th of November on St Maarten was a great success!! See the press release by SMMC.

Fourth SYNERGY meeting on PREVENTION , 15th of November on St Maarten

On the 15th of March SMMC will host the fourth SYNERGY meeting on Saba. The agenda has been set, 26 participants have registered, just like for the fourth meeting. The theme of the day is Prevention.

After registration Kees Klarenbeek, director of SMMC will  will open the day. Thereafter Eric Gertner,  will address a keynote speech on the topic.

The member organisations of SYNERGY will all contribute by giving  presentations. Thereafter a World Cafe session will be organised. The end of the day benchmarking will be on the agenda. We are looking forward to a fruitful day!!!


#3 Third SYNERGY meeting on SAFETY, 15th of March on Saba

On the 15th of March Saba Health Care Foundation and Benevolent Foundation Saba will host the third SYNERGY meeting on Saba. The agenda has been set, 26 participants have registered. Saba, here we come!!! The location will be Queen’s Gardens Resort in The Bottom.

After registration and a welcome by Pieter van Amsterdam, Director Benevolent Foundation Saba, Bregje Boetekees, SYNERGY president will open the day.

Everard van Kemenade will give a short introduction on the concept of the day: Safety. Thereafter Koen Hulshof, GGD doctor Saba and Head of Public Health Department Saba Government, will hold a keynote speech on the topic.

The ten member organisations of SYNERGY will all contribute by giving short or larger presentations. Tammie Papada will present safety at SMMC, Gisele Codrington at Mental Health Sint Maarten, Claudette Rijff at White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation. At the end of the day there is an opportunity for networking at a reception. We expect a success at least as much as last time!


#2 Second SYNERGY meeting 5th of November on Statia

The second SYNERGY meeting took place on Sint Eustatius at the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI).  It has been organised in close cooperation with Queen Beatrix Medical Centre and it was again an interesting event. Twenty two participants from 9 different organisations from three Caribbean islands participated. The theme of the day was Quality.  Carol Jack, director of Maatschappij en Welzijn of the so called ‘Openbaar Lichaam Sint Eustatius’, held the keynote speech on “Quality improvement of health care in the Caribbean”.  A small workshop was held to measure the quality in the organisation of the participants, using the brand new R2E2-Model © for Total Quality Management. Everyone had the opportunity to pick up and bring information (“halen en brengen” in Dutch). Four members of SYNERGY  presented in a fifteen minutes pitch a best practice in the area of quality management.  Here you find the agenda and current membership list. Soon you will find a copy of all presentations of the meeting here below:

The program was concluded with a network meeting at Old Gin House.  Participants were very satisfied with the day. A more detailed evaluation you can find here. The topic for next meeting, the 15th of March 2019 on Saba, will be Safety.  The minutes of the meeting you can find here.


# 1 Launch

On the 16th of March 2018 the SYNERGY network has been launched at White and Yellow Cross on Sint Maarten with a one day meeting. The opening speech was given by Emil Lee, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Development of Sint Maarten. The main purpose of the day was to exchange experiences and start creating actual activities within the network. Each organisation presented their strengths and challenges. You can find the presentations here, Sint Maarten Medical Centre presented verbally.

White and Yellow Cross Sint Maarten,  Saba Healthcare Foundation and the Benevolent Foundation Saba, Sint Eustatius Health Care Foundation, Sint Eustatius Auxiliary Home, Mental Health Foundation stMaarten, Mental Health Caribbean .

The day was very successful and the 15 participants rated the day 8.2 on a ten point scale. The possibility for networking was rated even 8.7. The participants were motivated to come next time (8.3). The idea is to organise a second meeting on Statia, proposed date 5 November 2018 and a third on Saba 15th of March 2019. In between the members keep in contact for bi- or trilateral projects and on this website.

You can apply for participation in SYNERGY or receive more information by sending an email to

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