Los Angeles Based Architect Redesigns Karabagh Hospital

LOS ANGELES–In early March–Armenia Fund’s Western US Region led a hospital reconstruction team to the war-torn Martakert region of Karabagh. The purpose of the site visit was to formulate architectural and engineering plans for the new regional healthcare facility. The project will be funded by donations collected during the 2005 Telethon as part of the Martakert Regional Development plan. In addition–a number of long time benefactors in the western US region sponsored the reconstruction of specific departmen’s of the hospital.

Arturo Fribourg–a Los Angeles based architect specializing in public works and health care facilities–was a part of the team visiting the hospital. Fribourg will provide the conceptual design of the hospital. Karabagh-based architect Mamikon Farsian–will tailor the design to local construction and medical codes and prepare the final drawings in accordance with Fribourg’s plan for the hospital.

Prior to his departure to Armenia–Fribourg worked with Dr. Alina Dorian–senior program manager at the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters–to map out the initial plans. Dorian–who is currently in Karabagh–is part of the team as the public healthcare advisor. She will prepare the region’s healthcare program and will oversee the development of a modern healthcare administration.

Built in the early 1970’s–the Soviet-era hospital has deteriorated due to improper maintenance. The hospital was severely damaged in the war–suffering aerial missile attacks and looting. The renovated hospital will be up to western standards and meet the needs of the region.

During the visit to Karabagh–Fribourg met with the president of Mountainous Karabagh Republic–Arkady Ghoukasian and Prime Minister Anoushavan Danielian. Ghoukasian thanked Fribourg for embarking on this challenging project and pledged full support for the proper and timely completion of the project. Led by Armenia Fund’s Executive Director–Sarkis Kotanjian–the team also met with Health Minister Dr. Zoya Lazaryan and Chief Administrator of the Hospital Dr. Sergei Ohanian to learn about immediate and long term healthcare needs of the Martakert Region as well as problems facing the hospital.

According to the schedule–all architectural designs will be completed by late April–paving the way for a full-scale reconstruction during the late spring months of 2006. The project is expected to be completed within the next 12-18 months with a brief hiatus during the harsh winter months.

After construction is complete–Armenia Fund will furnish the new hospital with modern medical supplies and state of the art equipment. Currently–Armenia Fund is working on obtaining special gran’s and in-kind donations from major healthcare providers throughout the United States. For more information on this project–please visit www.armeniafund.org.

Armenia Fund–Inc.–is a non-profit 501(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1994 to facilitate large-scale humanitarian and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia and Karabagh. Armenia Fund–Inc. is the US Western Region affiliate of "Hayastan." All-Armenian Fund. Tax ID# 95-4485698

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