$2 million project sponsored by Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region
LOS ANGELES–Reconstruction of the Hadrut Regionl Hospital in Nagorno Karabakh is nearing completion, Armenia Fund’s U.S. Western Region announced this week.
The public hospital will reopen its doors in December to 12,000 residents in over 40 villages of the Hadrut Region. The total cost of the project was over $2 million including the cost of construction, hospital furniture, medical equipment and supplies as well as 4 new ambulances.
The hospital was constructed in 1982 and was never renovated ever since. The conditions reached a point where only several hospital rooms were operational mainly responding to trauma emergencies and infectious disease outbreaks. The residents resorted to home treatment and visited the hospital only when their conditions deteriorated critically.
Prior to the start of construction, Armenia Fund conducted a thorough structural integrity study of the existing building. The results confirmed that the hospital was structurally sound and able to withhold construction pressure stresses. Nevertheless, given the strategic nature of the regional healthcare institution and its proximity to the border, Armenia Fund structurally reinforced the foundations anyway.
“I want to thank all major sponsors of the Hadrut Regional Hospital reconstruction, true patriots and staunch friends of Armenia Fund who have been with the organization since its inception. They are true visionaries who decided to provide quality health care to the people of Nagorno Karabakh ‘s something that is desperately needed there,” said Maria Mehranian, Chairperson of Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region.
The contractor of the hospital was chosen through a three-stage competitive bidding process. The construction company stripped the hospital to bare concrete leaving only structural walls, floor and ceiling panels — a standard practice in Armenia Fund’s reconstruction projects. The hospital then underwent a thorough space redesign. The bathrooms were installed in every two adjacent patient rooms as opposed to the old design where the entire floor had to share one bathroom. The surgery block and infectious diseases department were also reconfigured to correspond to modern medical codes. Other space usage improvemen’s were made.
Armenia Fund installed new sewage and drinking water systems as well as new electrical wiring. New natural gas-based heating systems were installed along with a separate boiler house. The natural gas pipeline to the Hadrut town is also being sponsored by Armenia Fund as a separate project, which will be completed in December of this year too. The hospital roof was built anew, all doors and windows replaced.
Medical equipment and supplies valued at $1 million were donated by Colorado-based humanitarian organization, Project C.U.R.E.
Armenia Fund also provided the hospital with new furniture. The equipment is currently in transit and will reach Hadrut in several weeks.
“I want to thank “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund for this beautiful hospital. Soon we can accommodate more than 40 patients for simultaneous in-patient treatment and many more for outpatient procedures,” said Araik Eremyan, Chief Administrator of the Hospital. “I am especially grateful for the wise choice of ambulances. Some of our villages are high in the mountains. In the winter, mountain roads become impassible for cars for several days if not weeks, but our ambulances have no problem clearing the most challenging terrain and bringing patients to the hospital.”
Major donors of the Hadrut Regional Hospital are:
Mr. and Mrs. Arkady and Irene Ovanessian ‘s Emergency Care Unit
AGBU Manoogian Demirdjian School Class of 2006 & 2008 ‘s Pediatric Department
Mr. Bedros and Mrs. Anna Oruncakciel ‘s Surgery Department and Ambulance
Mr. Hagop and Mrs. Hilda Baghdassarian ‘s Surgery Room
Dr. and Mrs. Annette Yadegarian ‘s Infectious Disease Department
Dr. Harout and Mrs. Rita Mesrobain ‘s Ambulance
Mr. Isaac and Mrs. Frieda Vartanian ‘s Ambulance
Mr. Gevorg and Mrs. Arax Voskanian ‘s Ambulance