YEREVAN–Armenia Fund this week announced the completion of extensive renovations at the Nephrology and Dialysis departments of Yerevan’s St. Gregory the Illuminator (Surb Grigor Lusavorich) Hospital.
Made possible by a donation to the Fund’s Toronto affiliate by a generous benefactor, this vital project was part of a series of sponsor-inspired grant projects implemented during 2011.
The chairman of the Fund’s Toronto affiliate, Mkrtich Mkrtichian, commented on the completion of the St. Gregory Hospital project, announcing his community’s ongoing commitment the united effort of rebuilding the Armenian homeland.
“We are extremely gratified by the fact that the Armenian community of Toronto is doing its utmost to be of assistance to our sisters and brothers in the homeland,” Mkrtichian said.
The renovated premises, encompassing a total area of 1,120 square meters, includes eight patient rooms, a cafeteria, two offices, and new restrooms. The building’s power and water systems have also been replaced and a central-heating system has been installed. Both upgraded departments have been fully operational since mid-December.
Dr. Razmik Pandunts, who heads the Nephrology and Dialysis departments, had high praise for the quality of the upgrades as he conveyed his gratitude a few weeks after the hospital reopened its doors.
“Without a doubt, our staff has been delighted to work in such beautifully renovated facilities. This new environment is also having a visibly positive effect on our patients,” Dr. Pandunts exclaimed.
The Nephrology and Dialysis departments are devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease in Armenia — an affliction that took the lives of nearly 1000 people last year. The facility employs a staff of 36, including six doctors and 30 nurses. Today some 55 patients receive treatment at the two wings, which together have the capacity to serve up to 80 patients at a time.
Developing the healthcare infrastructure of Armenia is important to improving the overall standard of living in the country. In addition to this focus on health and medicine, is our holistic approach to nation development also includes an ongoing commitment to enhancing social welfare, cultural development, and strategic infrastructure.
Some of the other projects we’re currently working on include the complete renovation of the third and fourth floors in Yerevan’s Nork Retirement Home and the renovation of Shushi’s Center of Education and Culture in Artsakh.
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