By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is preparing, in the upcoming week, to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary.
To commemorate its two decades of serving Belizeans, to be observed on Tuesday September 15, the hospital’s authority is hosting a week’s worth of activities, beginning with the re-dedication of the facility by the Belize Council of Churches on Monday September 14.
The KHMH Authority has also scheduled a symposium on Sepsis at Old Belize (Jungle Pavilion) and a “Fitness Fete” Concert in collaboration with the Belize City Council at the B.T.L. Park.
Since the facility replaced the Old Belize City Hospital in 1995, the hospital and its staff have been required to serve a population growing exponentially faster than its resources, human resources or its budget.
The KHMH, which has a bed capacity of 130, was constructed with a bad capacity 70 units below its predecessor, serving as the only tertiary medical care institution taking referrals from all over the country for a population of over 366,000 as opposed to the 206,000 in 1995.
Conducting a recent training session at the KHMH, Dr. Shiang (Steven) Ling, head of Neonatology at Far Western Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, said that the hospital needs better funding, equipment, and training for staff.
The hospital has made several advancements over its years of operation through forging working relationships with several international organizations and hospitals all over the world, including Spine Over Seas (SOS) which has donated over $160,000 in equipment to the KHMH.