The Inquirer (Monrovia)

16 December 2012

Liberia: Catholic Hospital Will Not Closed

Authorities at the Catholic Hospital one of Liberia's premier medical center say the hospital will not be closed down because it'd staff have been working in three different directions namely increasing its activities and revenue, controlling its current expenditure to afford increment in staff salaries and increasing the support from donors.

Recently, the hospital complained of financial difficulty something for which the center threatened to close its doors to the public.

However, in a press statement issued in Monrovia last Friday, the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital's hospital Director Mikel Tellaeche said the Catholic Hospital has improved its medical services internal procedures.

The statement noted that the Saint Joseph's Catholic Hospital is a four in one Hospital. The statement further noted that it include a mission hospital, a Liberian National Health Service hospital, a training hospital and a private hospital.

"Thanks to these different approaches to health issues, we have found the way to sustainability," the Hospital director said.

The director said the Catholic Hospital, just like other health facilities in Liberia, is part of the treating all the major diseases instructed by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia.

"We are also proud to collaborate in the teaching and training of our new generations of medical personnel through programs with the A. M. Dogloiti Medical Collage of the University of Liberia, Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences and the Cuttington University amongst others, including our Brother Hospitals in Spain which provide training and technical support," Mikel Tellaeche said.

"We have now introduced new Specialties, Diagnostics and other Services, including the Intensive Care Unit, Orthopedics and Trauma, Trauma Emergencies, Out-Patient visits in the afternoons, Ambulance services and Medical Check Ups," the director said.

The director said the Hospital is doing everything in its power to keep the hospital functioning in line with its mission statement and vision to become a center of excellence in healthcare by serving the people of Liberia through well motivated and committed staff applying best practices, innovation and training, based on Christian values and holistic approach as advocated and practice by the founder St. John of God.

"The Hospital is running on an annual budget of One million eight hundred thousand United States Dollars or (USD 1.8M)

Meanwhile the Management of the Joseph's Catholic Hospital and family had expressed its thanks and appreciation to the Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for its continued financial support to help keep the hospital running.

Previously, the government was providing an annual Subsidy of USD 125, 000.

"But thanks to many of our countless Friends who made a case for more support to the government, the budgetary Support to the hospital increased to USD 231, 000.

The hospital also extended special appreciation also to the Brothers of St. John of God of the Province of Castilla and the Spanish based NGO Juan Ciudad, for providing financial support to rebuild its New Kru Town Health Center and renew the Hospital and monthly transfers of funds to the Hospital during the last five years.

"Without that help, St Joseph's Catholic Hospital would have been part of the history of Liberia. We cannot also forget the Spanish Hospitals, we affectionately call "Brothers Hospitals", that provide technical support to our Services and Units. Thanks to the St. John of God Brothers of the St Augustine Province of Africa, whose presence during these five years has been invaluable. They are the ones to whom Province of Castilla will return the Hospital to at the end of December,' the hospital's statement said.

The statement also said "to our vendors we say thanks; they have become responsible partners in our mission. Special thanks to our numerous clients and their relations, who form the heart of the hospital, without their patronage, our mission will have no value."

The hospital's management also wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to its dedicated, professional and self-giving staff for their commitment to extend the life of the Hospital.

In view of many negotiations and the responses received it will be possible to make some increment in staff salaries, the hospital said.

"Last but not the least a special thank goes to members of the Press and the general public, your feedback provides us with information that orientates our decisions and actions, so that we serve our clients. We take this opportunity to apologize for our short comings, with the intention to perform better each day. We are really grateful to all of you, " the statement concluded.

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