Kabarak University announced on Wednesday (14/06/17) its plan to launch a building of a Sh45 billion teaching, research and referral mission hospital.
According to the Vice Chancellor Henry Kiplagat, the 500-bed state-of-the-art facility, which is expected to be operational by 2020, will be located in Kabarak, Nakuru County.
The hospital, to be put up on 100 hectares of land, will be complete with a cancer centre, a medical research centre, specialties in cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology and other diagnostic services, a funeral home, staff houses and a business centre.
Others include neurology and minimally invasive surgery, with the latest medical equipment such as MRI and CT scanners and nuclear medicine (Cyclotron, PET, MR PET CT).
Dr Kiplagat said the university will provide world-class medical care locally.
“As the first and the only mission referral hospital in the country, we will ensure that Kenyans have access to world-class care locally to reduce medical tourism outside the country,” the Vice Chancellor indicated.
The institution also announced that GE Healthcare will assist the university with infrastructure development, technology transfer, education and capacity building to support a better health system and patient outcomes.
GE Healthcare Africa President and CEO Farid Fezoua lauded the project saying it is a step in the right direction.
“GE is honoured to have been selected to serve as a technology partner to the Kabarak University Teaching Research and Referral Mission Hospital, bringing healthcare infrastructure modernization with a long-term maintenance to help strengthen primary and referral care,” he said.
The project will be financed by US-based Private Equity Sygec International among other stakeholders.
Last year, the university launched a school of medicine and health services that teaches family medicine, pharmacy, clinical medicine and nursing.
The institution has a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health for students pursuing medical courses to use the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital.
The agreement, signed in 2012 with the then Medical Services Minister Anyang’ Nyong’o, allows students to use the hospital for research, clinical and public health practice.