In August 2018, the Tenwek Hospital Annex in Bomet opened, expanding outpatient care and compassion to the city’s more than 110,000 residents. 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 Bomet Annex property was purchased by Tenwek Hospital in late 2014 with assistance from Friends of Tenwek. A former nursing home facility, it is the ideal location for an outpatient clinic, close to government and private industry offices, a teacher’s college, and several banks.
The facility was completely renovated and restored to meet the requirements of a hospital-managed outpatient clinic. Building features include a spacious waiting area, private exam and treatment rooms, and areas for diagnostic x-rays, ultrasound, pharmacy, and laboratory services. Counseling and Chaplain resources also are available.
Since providing an early gift of $40,000 to assist with the purchase of the building, FOT donors 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.
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 the first year, the new clinic had already served over 20,300 patients, with visits averaging 105 patients per day.
“Dr. Ernie Steury, the first doctor of Tenwek Hospital was known for his compassionate hands. So I pray that patients coming to this outpatient clinic will experience the compassionate hands that make ‘We Treat… Jesus Heals’ a reality.”