The Bank of Ghana has inaugurated a state-of-the-art Bank Hospital that is designated to serve staff and add to the efforts at addressing the country’s health care needs.
The 65- Bed Hospital was constructed at the cost of about 80 million Euros, following a Design and Build Contract signed between the BoG and Universal Hospitals Group (UHG) to expand the infrastructural base of the Bank Clinic.
It is to adequately cater for its growing clientele, provide quality healthcare services, and create a friendly environment for effective operations within the Clinic.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Ernest Addison, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, said the transition from a clinic to a big hospital was a long one of over 34 years.
“We have moved from a Clinic with outpatient facilities and limited operations to a Medical Facility with both in-and outpatient comprehensive facilities. I am certain that the transition process will not stop here but will continue, and the Bank will provide all the necessary support in this endeavour. The Bank stands ready to work with the new Management in diverse ways possible to achieve this objective,” he said.
Dr Addison paid tribute to the past Management, which initiated the process for the development of a hospital after it became clear that the Clinic was no longer able to handle the expanded clientele of both active and retired and dependents, staff of other institutions such as the West African Monetary Institute, GhIPPS, Central Securities Depository, Access Bank Limited, National Banking College, to name a few.
The records indicated that the Medical Department attends over 14,000 patients per year at an estimated 1,200 patients per month. Given the size and facilities at the Bank Clinic, the statistics clearly showed an uncongenial working environment, characterised by general congestion and clientele dissatisfaction.
Furthermore, the total active and retired staff population had increased to over 3,000, with a dependent population of about 10,000, which was projected to exceed 15,000 in the coming years.
Dr Addison said that as much as the Bank acknowledged the usefulness of these ongoing projects to support bank staff’s health care and recreational facilities, the Board and the Management also recognised the lack of expertise to manage a hospital effectively.
“Therefore, the Board, having recognised that the Bank lacked the expertise to effectively manage a hospital complex, initiated a process to partner the private sector to effectively and sustainably manage The Bank Hospital.”
On the Business model guiding the operations of a hospital, the implementation Committee recommended that The Bank Hospital should be set up as a commercial entity operating as a general hospital to provide world-class OPD services, diagnostic services, and medical urology.
The Committee recommended that the Hospital needed to be operated via a multi-disciplinary teamwork approach, with the clinical business units at the OPD being allowed to generate its income to meet some of its operational costs. Based on these considerations, the Bank of Ghana Board and Management opted for the Management Model of over 3-5 years.
He said after going through a lengthy selection process, Halcom Management Services (HMS) of South Africa was appointed by the Bank to manage the Hospital on behalf of the Bank.
Minister of Health Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu commended the Bank of Ghana for the hospital, saying it would play a complementary role in the government’s efforts to deliver quality health care to Ghanaians.
Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Chairman Council of State, encouraged the Bank to continue its regulatory role to boost the economy.
Mr Stephen Baker, Director Halcom Management Services, said the hospital would provide a full range of services for outpatients and inpatients, ensuring comprehensive care for patients and families.