Joy – gratitude – excitement. These sentiments and more were on display August 25, 2018 when the Tenwek Hospital Annex – Bomet, a freestanding outpatient clinic – officially opened in Bomet. Hospital and church leaders, government officials, representatives from Friends of Tenwek (FOT), and Bomet residents gathered to celebrate the milestone achievement.
Bomet Country Governor Dr. Joyce Laboso joined African Gospel Bishop Rev. Dr. Robert Lang’at, and Tenwek Hospital CEO Geoffrey Langat in thanking everyone who contributed to the success of the project, which began with the purchase of the land and building in 2014.
FOT Board member and Treasurer Don Hoover represented the scores of donors whose gifts helped fund the project. Since providing an early gift of $40,000 to assist with the purchase of the building, FOT donors have contributed over $217,000 to renovate and furnish the clinic. This includes purchase of x-ray, EKG, and defibrillator equipment, as well as nearly $112,000 in construction costs that were matched by funds from Tenwek Hospital.
At left: Leaders from Tenwek Hospital, Africa Gospel Church, local government, and FOT gather for a dedication prayer.
In a dedication prayer, Don expressed the hopes of all FOT donors. “Dr. Ernie Steury, the first doctor of Tenwek Hospital was known for his compassionate hands. So I pray that patients coming to this clinic will experience the compassionate hands that make ‘We Treat… Jesus Heals’ a reality.”
Extensive renovations transformed the former nursing home structure into a modern, attractive, accessible facility that will serve the residents of Bomet for years to come. A new roof, floors, walls, plumbing, and windows were installed. The interior provides 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.
At left: Tenwek CEO Geoffrey Langat (right) touring the pharmacy with the Bomet County Governor Dr. Joyce Laboso and regional health officials.
Outpatient services are available Monday through Saturday with on-site care offered by a Medical or Clinical Officer. The clinic offers laboratory, ultrasound, x-ray, and pharmacy services. Counseling and Chaplain resources also are available.
The projected need for a satellite outpatient clinic available to working people unable to visit the main Tenwek campus has been immediately confirmed. By the end of September, the new clinic had already served over 1,800 patients, with September clinic visits averaging 36 patients per day.
Tenwek Hospital’s enduring message – We Treat, Jesus Heals – is resonating in a new way throughout Bomet. As word spreads about the compassion and care available from Tenwek staff at the clinic, the hospital’s medical and spiritual mission will impact thousands of new patients.
Thank you to every FOT donor who helped make the Bomet Annex a reality! Your generosity is a true blessing to the people of Kenya!