GE (NYSE: GE), the world’s Digital Industrial Company has partnered with the Ghana Ministry of Health and Bouygues Batimat International with the support of the US Government to overhaul the Greater Ridge Regional Hospital in the Ridge District of Accra, Ghana. GE Healthcare is on board as a technology partner through the supply and installation of various high-end medical equipment in the new facility. The upgraded hospital, which launched yesterday, has almost trebled its bed count from 192 to 420 and a further 200 beds will be added in the 2nd phase of the project.
Today, Greater Ridge Regional Hospital houses the single largest installation of GE Healthcare equipment in Ghana. The hospital is equipped with cutting edge diagnostic equipment such as an ultramodern 1.5T MRI, a 64 slice CT scanner, an ultrasound imaging machine, a digital X-ray machine, a digital fluoroscopy machine; and a PACS/RIS system amongst others. The result is a hospital equipped for a full continuum of care across the radiology, maternal and infant care, cardiology and surgery care area.
Speaking at the launch event, Farid Fezoua, CEO & President for GE Healthcare Africa said “This project affirms GE’s commitment to bringing the latest advances in medical imaging technology and solutions to Ghana, through unique public–private partnerships such as this one.” “Our world-class technology will allow clinicians at Greater Ridge Regional Hospital to see and detect disease like never-before” he added enthusiastically.
More than just a supplier of equipment, GE Healthcare adopts the role of a solutions partner, addressing global healthcare needs by providing technologies with clinically and economically relevant value propositions designed at low cost structures; developing holistic solutions that aim to improve clinical quality and patient outcomes; generating capital solutions and new business models to ensure project viability and long term sustainability; and advancing education, skills development and awareness of healthcare professionals to promote local capacity building.
“Our partnership with GE Healthcare and the US Government helps us to achieve the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Sustainable Development Goals, “says Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health. “These goals lay out several health-specific targets, including addressing the need for more equitable and sustainable development that promotes inclusive growth to the benefit of all Ghanaians.”
The Greater Ridge Regional Hospital is one of the modern and secondary level referral regional hospitals in Ghana, undergoing complete rehabilitation and upgrade. It will cater for residents in the catchment area of the hospital and this includes Nima, Mamobi and Accra Central which have the highest population density.
The Greater Ridge Regional Hospital upgrade is funded by US-Exim Bank and HSBC, designed by Perkins and Wills, supervised by CIMU-MOH/AECOM/CAPEX and built by Bouygues Bâtiment International (BBI). GE Healthcare’s equipment was packed by Symx Healthcare Corporation, USA.