“[My favorite experience] was seeing the Mercy leaders engaged with the Rwandan health leaders, showing what I already knew, that Mercy co-workers are special folks! As we gathered each evening to debrief, I saw the passion in our team members’ eyes and voices as they shared updates.” — Jim Gebhart, Mercy 4 Ubuzima visionary and team administrator
(L to R) Jamie Campbell, RN, Reagan Hightower, RN, Muhima CNO Bosco, Eric Pianalto, Pam Spanbauer, RN, Dr. Don Rahhal and HRH Nurse Mentor April, RN, spent time together at Muhima Hospital in Kigali.
Muhima is a 128-bed hospital specializing in gynecology and neonatology. There were 7,900 deliveries in 2012. This hospital oversees eight functional health centers, a clinic specializing in HIV and lab testing and one clinic at the central prison in Kigali. There are an additional two health centers scheduled to open summer 2013. Muhima is the training site for all medical schools and schools of nursing and midwifery and in Rwanda. Human Resources for Health Program, a health care training program through the Rwanda Ministry of Health, is involved in the training and curriculum and has one midwife from the U.S. who is mentoring students at Muhima. The Mercy 4 Ubuzima team was quick to notice the passion Muhima’s staff has for caring for the women and babies at Muhima. The biggest challenge seemed to be the volume of patients considering the number of staff. The team is looking forward to helping Muhima leadership find staffing and education solutions, in addition to other improvements.
We hope you enjoy these photos we snapped at Muhima!
“My most memorable experience was seeing their passion in the neonatal unit. They cared for very ill neonates without having basic equipment that we take for granted. They do have IV pumps, respiratory equipment or in wall oxygen, but still provided the best care they could.” — Pam Spanbauer, RN, Mercy 4 Ubuzima administrator
(L to R) Laurie Weathers, Cindy Carmichael, Cathy Dirickson, RN, Dr. Adam Cotton and Eric Pianalto visited Kacyiru Police Hospital in Kigali.
The Kacyiru Police Hospital (KPH) serves the general public and inmates as patients. It is a 60-bed hospital with two operating suites, gynecology, obstetrics and neonatology, lab and dental. By the first of February 2014, leadership hopes to be able to provide X-ray and toxicology services, too. They are uniquely focused to provide a gender based violence program as well as post-mortem and DNA testing to assist with evidence for criminal cases. KPH now has a new wing under construction that will add 97 beds for a total of 157 beds and they will begin to offer in-patient services for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics as well as have a comprehensive emergency department. The hospital’s leadership has a vision to become a referral hospital that provides specialized health services at an international level. The team hopes to help them achieve that by reviewing services and plans under development, including a building currently under construction and programs, like gender based violence recovery and prevention.
Here are some photos from Kacyiru. We hope you enjoy them!
“I met a young physician at my hospital on Day 1 that just desperately wants to learn more so he can be a better physician and provide the best care possible to his fellow Rwandans. The sincerity with which he expressed his desire to learn more with the limited opportunities available moved me. He had a heart of Mercy for his own people. These are the people I really want us to help – people who want to improve the lives of their own.” – Robin Vorel, Mercy 4 Ubuzima team coordinator
(L to R) Robin Vorel, Karyl James, RN, Jim Gebhart and Dr. Steve Goss visited Kibagabaga Hospital in Kigali.
Kibagabaga is a 230-bed hospital that serves sixteen health clinics in the area. Its specialties include emergency medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, neonatology, ear, nose and throat, mental health, imaging, lab and some general surgery. The team’s biggest observation was the incredibly dedicated leadership and staff’s knowledge – and their limited resources that have most likely impacted their ability to drive improvements in the hospital. The team identified several things leadership can implement to improve care.
We hope you enjoy seeing some photos from Kibagabaga!
“My most moving experience: A new water well was being dedicated and the people of Rwanda were so jubilant. It was a ceremony with dancing and music…all for water. Something we take for granted.” — Cathy Dirickson, RN, Mercy 4 Ubuzima team nurse