Friends of Tenwek News Archives

Nov 6, 2017Excitement Building as Opening of Tenwek’s New Outpatient Clinic Nears

With construction sounds filling the air, the excitement is building in Bomet as residents look forward to the opening of Tenwek Hospital’s new outpatient clinic, the Bomet Annex. Conveniently located at the site of a former nursing home, the facility has been completely renovated to meet the area’s immediate, emerging, and future outpatient medical needs.
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Nov 6, 2017Dr. Russell White Receives $500,000 Award in Recognition of His Work at Tenwek

Russell E. White, MD, FACS, MPH, chief of surgery and surgery residency director at Tenwek Hospital, has been named the recipient of The L’Chaim Prize for Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service. The $500,000 award funds will be used at Tenwek to train cardiac surgeons in heart valve repairs and for the treatment of esophageal cancer, tuberculosis, and other …

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May 1, 2017FOT’s 2017 Priority: Support Bomet Annex to Bring Tenwek’s Healing Mission and Gospel Message to a Growing City

Friends of Tenwek is stepping forward to create a unique partnership with Tenwek Hospital with a singular goal in mind – to bring Tenwek’s healing mission and Gospel message to the growing city of Bomet that is home to more than 110,000 people.
Tenwek has purchased a former nursing home facility in an “ideal” location for …

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May 1, 2017FOT Celebrates Five Years of Impact at Tenwek Hospital

This spring, Friends of Tenwek Inc (FOT) celebrated its five-year anniversary of support for the ministries of Tenwek Hospital.
As the ministries of Tenwek Hospital have grown dramatically over the past five years, the Lord has enabled FOT to expand its support. During FOT’s formation phase and subsequent incorporation in March 2012, donors have made over …

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May 1, 2017Rev. David Kilel – Training Chaplains to Serve “At the Bedside and Beyond”

For most of his life, Rev. David Kilel has been devoted to the spiritual needs of Tenwek’s patients and their families. He was the hospital’s first full-time chaplain, serving for many years alongside Dr. Ernie Steury, the tireless physician who grew a rural clinic into one of the world’s premier mission hospitals.
Today, Rev. Kilel is …

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May 1, 2017Faith Fund for Special Needs Helps New Clinic Change Lives

The Faith Fund Special Needs was birthed just one year ago by FOT to help support the new Special Needs Clinic at Tenwek which is serving children age 18 and under. Since then, more than $17,000 has been raised to help fund clinic visits, physiotherapy, and equipment distributed in the Special Needs Clinic.  Thank you – …

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Nov 14, 2016“Champions” Step Forward to Promote Support for Medical Specialties

When physicians and medical personnel visit Tenwek Hospital for short-term medical mission assignments, they often leave knowing they have received far more than they gave. Many feel a call to serve again. Some are so inspired that they seek new ways to extend resources from the U.S. medical community to help Tenwek strengthen its medical …

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Nov 14, 2016FOT to the Rescue When the Oxygen Ran Out

In August, when the oxygen compressor that services Tenwek Hospital began to screech, both the medical and the maintenance staff recognized the problem.  Installed in 1994, the compressor and air concentrator system supplies all oxygen and suction throughout the hospital. Without a reliable source of oxygen, the lives of Tenwek patients who depend upon ventilators …

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Nov 14, 2016Thank You FOT Donors! You Made a Difference in 2016 with Gifts of Over 100K

As Friends of Tenwek prepares to celebrate its fifth anniversary next year, we are looking back with deep gratitude on the many important projects that our donors have funded in 2016. Gifts totaling $100,000 were raised and/or disbursed to support critical initiatives that have helped Tenwek Hospital accomplish its healing and teaching mission.
Major areas of …

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Nov 14, 2016Philip and Annah Towett: Tenwek’s Dynamic Duo in Nursing

Tenwek Staff Profile
FOT is pleased to introduce you to a husband and wife team who are among the Kenyan leaders serving at Tenwek Hospital.
Philip and Annah Towett share an awesome responsibility: ensuring excellence in nursing at Tenwek Hospital.
As Deputy Director of the Tenwek College of Health Sciences, (formerly the School of Nursing) as well as …

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Nov 14, 2016Meet Rev. Dean Cowles: New Friends of Tenwek Field Director

Rev. Dean Cowles and Dr. Cheryl Cowles returned to Tenwek in October 2015 after serving there as full-time medical missionaries with three small boys in the early 90’s. God opened the door for the Cowles to come as short-term volunteers in 2014.
“When we were here in the 90s, it was just a few American missionary …

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Nov 14, 2016Meet FOT’s New Field Intern – Rebecca Denning!

Rebecca is a native of Bigfork, Montana and completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, in 2013.  Her career goal is to provide people with compassionate and comprehensive healthcare, along with appropriate education about how their bodies work and how to care for them properly. She plans to pursue …

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May 9, 2016FOT News & Notes: Spring 2016

Nursing School Dining Hall Virtually Complete!
Friends of Tenwek extends sincere thanks to all who supported the expansion of Tenwek Hospital’s Nursing School and the construction of the new dining hall through your prayers and donations. Tenwek can now enroll up to 126 nursing students in its facilities! The new dining hall allows the full class …

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May 9, 2016Geoffrey Langat Guides Tenwek’s Growth and Impact

Geoffrey Langat is the Chief Executive Officer at Tenwek Hospital. He began his career at Tenwek in 1993 as an administrative assistant. He had been working in Nairobi, following his graduation from a university in India, where he studied accounting. He met his wife, Elizabeth, at the university where she studied economics. Following her graduation, …

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May 9, 2016Meet the Burgerts: Using Their Gifts to Administer God’s Grace

In 2008, on the plane ride home from Kenya, Steve and Alene Burgert concluded together than God was calling them to full-time mission service at Tenwek Hospital. Just two years earlier, Steve had believed that his area of medical expertise – gastroenterology – wasn’t needed in the mission field because of the highly specialized equipment …

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May 9, 2016Three Generations United in Service to Tenwek Hospital

Dr. Marvin Hage and his wife Miriam first visited Tenwek Hospital in 1997 – and have returned annually since 2009. A retired Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and expertise with Tenwek’s Kenyan interns, residents, nurses, and ultrasound technicians.
Each year, Miriam devotes a significant part of her time at …

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Apr 21, 2016August 20th Medical Missions 5K Run/Walk will Benefit Tenwek

Saturday, August 20, 2016 – that’s the date for a family-focused 5K Run/Walk in Concord, North Carolina. All proceeds will benefit the medical mission ministries of Tenwek Hospital, a 300-bed hospital in Kenya. In addition to providing health care and mission outreach services, each year this training hospital graduates outstanding Kenyan doctors, nurses, and chaplains, …

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Mar 15, 2016A Life-Saving Message from Dr. Jeff Hallett

Hello Friends,
Imagine you  are a widow in rural Kenya. Today, you felt a heaviness in your chest while eating. You have seen this happen in neighbors and it is bad, bad news. What starts this way is cancer of the esophagus, and it kills thousands in this part of the world. Your neighbor’s life was …

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Nov 1, 2015FOT Donors Fund Purchase of Future Outpatient Clinic

Generous FOT donors have provided $55,000 to date to help fund the purchase of the former Sot Nursing Home in Bomet – the site of Tenwek Hospital’s future outpatient clinic. FOT is now committed to raise an additional $30,000 to complete the purchase of the land.
Tenwek’s existing outpatient department has severe space limitations. Acquiring and …

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Nov 1, 2015Completion of the Nursing School Expansion Project is Now in Sight!

FOT Donors make a difference!
To date, generous donors have enabled FOT to contribute $35,000 towards this important expansion project for Tenwek’s School of Nursing. Only $65,000 is now needed to fund completion of both the new dining hall and the new dormitory space that was made possible by renovation of the existing dining hall.
Nurses have …

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Nov 1, 2015Tenwek Consolidates Spiritual Ministries Under Rev. Elijah Bii

FOT is pleased to introduce you to one of the Kenyan leaders serving at Tenwek Hospital, Rev. Elijah Bii.
From its founding, Tenwek Hospital has emphasized the intersection of faith in Christ with physical healing. And the hospital’s medical missionaries are passionate about the advancement of medical missions around Kenya, leading eye care and surgical care …

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Nov 1, 2015Meet Joel White – FOT’s New Communications Intern

Joel White is FOT’s new communications intern – serving on-site at Tenwek Hospital for the next two years to help us make essential connections with visiting U.S. physicians and to gather the news and information we need to keep FOT supporters informed about what’s happening at Tenwek today.
Joel is a 2015 graduate of Ouachita Baptist …

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May 5, 2015Tenwek Opens Special Needs Outpatient Clinic

Last September, Tenwek Hospital began providing outpatient services for children with special needs at the hospital and through a mobile clinic at Bomet Primary School. The clinic was first imagined by Solomon, a dedicated physiotherapist at Tenwek with a “can do” attitude who desires to see disabled children attend school. When Amy and Woody Rule …

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May 5, 2015FOT Mercy Fund is a Blessing for All

Last fall, FOT established the Mercy Fund to help pay for the medical care of children who live in one of the five orphanages surrounding Tenwek and receive medical treatment at the hospital. As of the end of December 2014, the Mercy Fund has paid over $1000 in medical fees for children; $300 was for …

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May 5, 2015The Dream of FOT Becomes Reality

The dream to establish and grow a community of U.S. physicians who have served at Tenwek Hospital and provide them with opportunities to reconnect with the people and mission there, began in 2009. That’s when Dr. David Hoover – who first visited Tenwek in 1994 – began dreaming of an organization dedicated to developing the …

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May 5, 2015FOT Celebrates How U.S. Churches Impact Tenwek Hospital

Since its founding in 2009, Friends of Tenwek (FOT) has raised funds to directly support numerous projects and initiatives that have strengthened Tenwek’s medical and outreach services. (See page 2 for an anniversary report.)
Now, FOT is expanding its role to become a facilitator – encouraging its community of U.S. doctors and friends to consider how …

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Nov 11, 2014New Outpatient Clinic in Bomet Brings Tenwek into the Community

Next year, Tenwek will open a new outpatient clinic in Bomet, at the site of a small hospital that was previously used by a Kenyan primary care physician for about 20 years. The clinic in Bomet is located close to government and private industry offices, a teacher’s college, and several banks. Tenwek administrators cite both the …

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Nov 11, 2014Tenwek Reviews Infectious Disease Protocols

The Ebola outbreak in Eastern Africa has prompted Tenwek Hospital to review and assess the protocols currently used to diagnose and treat infectious diseases. Though there is no natural travel pattern from the affected areas to Kenya, Tenwek is using the outbreak to evaluate its preparation for and treatment of a number of contagions, including …

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Nov 11, 2014Birdies for Babies will Help Tenwek’s Youngest Patients

Anna Redding is an All-State high school golfer from North Carolina and the daughter of Dr. Mark Redding, a visiting physician to Tenwek. For her senior capstone project, Anna raised funds for Tenwek Hospital during every golf game she recently played at her home course. Supporters made single donations or contributed a specific amount per birdie to …

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Nov 11, 2014Meet Amy Stoddard – FOT’s Tenwek Intern

Amy Stoddard is FOT’s new communications intern – serving on-site at Tenwek Hospital to help us make the essential connections with visiting U.S. physicians and gather the news and information we need to keep all FOT supporters informed about what’s happening at Tenwek today. In her role, Amy organizes the weekly dinner meetings FOT sponsors …

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Nov 11, 2014FOT will Support Vital Construction Project for Nursing School

All 20 members of the most recent graduating class from Tenwek’s School of Nursing have passed Kenya’s Nursing Council exams and are now on staff at Tenwek! With more than 2,200 students from 50 nursing schools taking the exams, Tenwek was one of just five schools with a 100% pass rate – an accomplishment that …

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Nov 11, 2014Tenwek’s School of Nursing has Wide Impact on Students and Patients

Exam results for the recent graduates of Tenwek’s School of Nursing are in – all 20 members of the class passed the Nursing Council exams, making Tenwek one of just five schools in Kenya with a 100% pass rate!  All of the graduates accepted staff positions at Tenwek.
The following profiles illustrate the quality and commitment …

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Sep 3, 2014New Strategic Plan Guides Tenwek’s Growth

Late last year, Tenwek Hospital approved a new strategic plan that will guide the hospital’s growth through 2018. The plan was developed by a multi-disciplinary committee of stakeholders, including hospital administrators and staff.
According to the plan, “The Kenyan health system suffers from an acute shortage of health providers, with a mismatch between the disease burden …

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Sep 3, 2014Introducing a New Look for Friends of Tenwek!

Friends of Tenwek is pleased to introduce its new logo! The design was created by staff at Silent Images, a nonprofit organization based in North Carolina that provides charities with professional photography and video services that educate and inspire viewers to give, go, and pray.
Previously, FOT used the Tenwek Hospital logo to illustrate its commitment to …

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Sep 3, 2014Mercy Fund Creates “Win-Win” for Children, Families, Orphanage, and Tenwek

Moved by the love and care being provided to Kenyan children through a network of five orphanages near Tenwek Hospital, an anonymous donor approached FOT with an idea. The donor proposed establishing a fund that will be used to pay for the medical care of orphanage children who are treated at Tenwek.
This creative and generous …

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Sep 3, 2014FOT Project Updates – Fall 2014

Medical Trainee Housing Project Underway

As reported in the Spring 2014 issue of Tenwek Today, Tenwek Hospital need to construct additional housing facilities for the increasing number of physicians and students enrolled in its medical and surgical residency and internship programs. In January, two new orthopedic residents joined 45 other trainees including family practice, surgery residents, …

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Sep 3, 2014Nursing Students Need New Dining Hall

One of the critical needs identified in Tenwek Hospital’s new Strategic Plan (2014-2018) is the need to increase and retain clinical staff.
“Tenwek Hospital has had many staff stay and serve for years in the past; however, the younger staff have not kept to that tradition. Many of the young providers do not serve for long …

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May 1, 2014FOT Golf Shirts Show Your Spirit!

Friends of Tenwek is pleased to offer a limited number of first-quality Peter Millar golf shirts that feature a “sneak peek” at our new logo. The shirts come in solid Carolina blue or navy striped fabric in sizes Medium, Large, and Extra Large. Each is $50 and includes shipping to any address within the United …

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Apr 2, 2014FOT “Champion” Dr. Read Vaughan leads transformation of Tenwek’s Radiology Department

 
In 2011 Tenwek Hospital made history when it installed the first-ever CT scanner in rural Kenya. Donated by Toshiba, this advanced imaging modality greatly increased Tenwek’s capacity to care for critical patients. However, with no radiologist on staff it also presented a dilemma… how to get these complex diagnostic images interpreted?
Seeing this need and the …

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Apr 2, 2014Tenwek’s Surgical Residency Program impacts current and future practice of medicine throughout Africa

Arega Fekadu was one of the first two graduates of Tenwek’s Surgical Residency Program, attending from 2010-2012. The program is part of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) work, which includes hundreds of programs throughout the continent of Africa. Although Dr. Arega had already spent the first two years of his training at PAACS-affiliated …

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Apr 2, 2014Growth in Tenwek’s Residency Programs Strains Available Housing

The steady growth in Tenwek Hospital’s outstanding medical and surgical residency programs has precipitated a challenge that is both welcome and disconcerting. 
Russ White, MD, MPH, FACS, is thrilled to report that all of the Tenwek surgical residents who took their qualifying exams for the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa successfully passed …

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Dec 10, 2013HMIS Launches with Immediate Impact

Tenwek’s new Health Management Information System is now serving Tenwek’s outpatient and emergency departments with full implementation hospital-wide expected by year’s end. The wireless laptop system has made a tremendous difference in the hospital’s ability to efficiently manage its finance and billing systems. It has helped physicians and staff demonstrate to sometimes skeptical patients that …

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Dec 10, 2013Tenwek Updates: Water Bore and Eye/Dental Building

Update: Ngito Water Bore Project Delayed by Drilling Problems
Earlier this year, FOT helped fund the initial drilling process for a water bore at the Ngito Dispensary. Unfortunately, after several attempts to drill – on occasion even reaching over 200 meters down – the drillers encountered bedrock. Over the two month period during which drilling was …

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Dec 10, 2013Meet Hannah Velling: FOT’s Tenwek Intern

Hannah Velling is FOT’s communications intern – serving on-site at Tenwek Hospital to help us make essential connections with visiting U.S. physicians and gather the news and information we need to keep all FOT supporters informed about what’s happening at Tenwek today. Hannah is a 2013 graduate of Wheaton College who majored in psychology. In …

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Dec 10, 2013Tenwek School of Nursing Poised for Growth

Tenwek’s School of Nursing provides an exceptional nursing education to 80 enrolled students annually. The program, which requires three and one-half years of study to complete, grants diplomas that qualify students for service as midwives, general nurses, or community health nurses. With Tenwek’s five-year Master Plan envisioning the addition of 200 beds, the need for …

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Dec 10, 2013Over 6,000 Attend Children’s Rally in Kericho

On August 10, 2013, the Africa Gospel Church (AGC) in affiliation with Tenwek Community Health and Development (TCHD), hosted a Children’s Rally in Kericho, Kenya, based on the success of an earlier rally held in Bomet. The purpose of the event was to come alongside local churches to value, encourage, and support children’s ministry and …

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Dec 10, 2013FOT Recognized as Non-Profit Charity by U.S. IRS; Announces Sustaining Friends Campaign

Friends of Tenwek has been granted 501(c)(3) status as a charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service! This means FOT is able to directly solicit and receive donations that are deemed tax-deductible from our supporters. We are deeply grateful to World Gospel Mission for the assistance they provided in collecting gifts during the time we …

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May 1, 2013Friends of Tenwek Fund First Phase of HMIS Makeover

Friends of Tenwek has contributed $25,000 as a first step to help raise $466,000 for the comprehensive upgrade to Tenwek’s outdated and inadequate hospital management information system (HMIS).
Dr. John R. Spriegel, acting medical superintendent of Tenwek Hospital, describes the need:
“People used to visit Tenwek to see the system designed by a former Tenwek missionary and …

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May 1, 2013Tenwek Honors First Graduates of General Surgery Training Program

Tenwek Hospital honored the first two graduates of its General Surgery Training Program at an inspiring ceremony held at the hospital on January 4, 2013. Dr. Agneta Odera and Dr. Arega Fekadu Leta were recognized as the inaugural graduates of the residency program, which is sponsored in collaboration with the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons …

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May 1, 2013All Tenwek Team Completes First Open Heart Surgery

For years, Tenwek has benefited from the visits of Dr. John Galat and his heart surgery team from the Munroe Regional   Medical Center in Ocala, Florida and the cardiac teams from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and Brown University in Rhode Island. Open-heart surgery could only be performed six weeks out of every year when …

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