JFK To Reduce Medical Fees

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The John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital, the country’s major referral hospital is rebranding its facilities with intention to reduce medical service costs and make affordable.

The hospital had come under enormous criticism on reports of exorbitant medical costs since it improved its operation with modern equipment and additional services.

Celebrating its 47th Anniversary Friday with President George Weah cutting the ribbon and touring the renovated facilities, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr. Jerry Brown, said under his watch, the hospital would undergo series of changes this year to provide quality service.

“We intend to reduce cost at an affordable one. As of August 1 we will come out with the new price listing. We want to bring down the price at an affordable one,” he told jubilant employees and staff of the hospital when he addressed them recently.

Dr. Brown said his administration also intends to provide quality techincal services adding that: “Our laboratory is able to provide all of the basic lab services”.

He said the hospital would also bring about a lot of outreach activities, which will include sending trained practitioners people to the fifteen counties to provide cost-effective services.

“We are taking the JFK to another level this year. This is our dream and we intend to stick to it. The welfare of our people will be paramount,” he added.

On malpractice, Dr, Brown said the hospital would observe a strict rule: “Anyone caught in malpractice will be sent to the appropriate authorities,” he said.

The JFK has four components: John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Maternity Hospital, Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (a paramedical and nursing school) and Catherine Mills Rehabilitation Hospital (a psychiatric care facility).

The maternity hospital was rebuilt in 1981, with funding from the Japanese government. This project was named the Liberian-Japanese Friendship Maternity Hospital.

The facility sustained heavy damage over a 23-year period of civil unrest that began in 1980 until 2003.

Reforms at the hospital included the establishment of a management and governance structure for service delivery and operations; rehabilitation, equipment and furnishing of basic utility facilities to improve patient care environment, renovation and equipping of the surgical theater and the construction of an oxygen producing plant.

Others are the interior renovation and furnishing of Memorial Emergency Room and Out-Patient Department; renovation and furnishing of ES Grant Mental Health Hospital; interior renovation and equipping of the Fourth floor East Wing, relocation and rehabilitation of the laboratory and two warehouses and the acquisition of a brand new 350Kva generator to ensure constant power supply at the hospital.