Tenwek Hospital leaders are poised to open the Bomet Annex early this summer, expanding outpatient care and compassion to the city’s more than 110,000 residents. Tenwek CEO Mr. Geoffrey Langat is excited by this new opportunity to transform how people receive urgent and routine care in a new setting. “We are bringing health care closer to the people who need it,” he explains. “And we are expanding the ministry of Tenwek Hospital.”
The Bomet Annex property was purchased by Tenwek Hospital in late 2014 with assistance from Friends of Tenwek. It is the ideal location for an outpatient clinic, close to government and private industry offices, a teacher’s college, and several banks. The main goal of the new service is to attract and serve area business and professional workers who want to benefit from Tenwek’s expertise in patient care but are unable to utilize the hospital’s existing clinic because of the lengthy wait times.
The hospital’s current outpatient clinic treats an average of 430 patients each day, with treatment times from registration to discharge often spanning five to six hours or more. This makes it difficult for people who cannot leave work, school, and business activities to be seen by a doctor.
The new clinic will help relieve congestion and improve efficiency at the hospital clinic. It also will attract new patients who will receive both excellent medical care and the opportunity to hear the Gospel message. In much the same way that Tenwek’s regional network of dispensaries has brought medical care and spiritual hope to people where they live, the Bomet Annex will embody Tenwek’s mission and work in the city in an exciting new way.
“Excellent workmanship” evident in renovations
The former nursing home facility has been completely restored to meet the requirements of a hospital-managed outpatient clinic. Building renovations have included the installation of a new roof, floors, walls, plumbing, and windows. The interior was redesigned to provide a spacious waiting area, private exam and treatment rooms, and areas for diagnostic x-ray and laboratory services. Exterior improvements include the widening of the access ramp, a new parking area, stone paths, entrance portico, and landscaping.
“It has been a lot of work to renovate an old building and do the work necessary to get it to this new condition,” observes Mr. Langat. “The workmanship has been excellent.” Medical Superintendent Dr. Steve Burgert agrees, adding, “The Bomet Annex is a very beautiful and inviting facility for our patients and their families.”
The Bomet Annex will open with a staff of 10-11 medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, and receptionists. As the service expands in numbers and scope, the hospital expects staffing to grow as well. At the time of this writing, there are several more administrative steps with the local government that need to be taken prior to opening. This includes a tie-in to the city’s wastewater system and issuing a license for the facility. The hospital is awaiting delivery and installation of the x-ray equipment and also needs to integrate with the hospital’s electronic medical records system.
The cost to purchase, renovate, and equip the Bomet Annex has been approximately $300,000. FOT donors have provided more than half of the funds needed for the project. “We are so grateful to all of the Friends of Tenwek,” says Mr. Langat as he reflects on the partnership that made the project possible. “They have stood with us both in times of expansion and progress and in times of need. God is using them to bless Tenwek.”
Thank you for partnering with Tenwek Hospital to make this vital extension of outpatient services possible!