Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) is to introduce special clinics targeted at busy corporate and business executives whose schedules do not allow them to attend the normal specialist clinics of the hospital.
Professor Ohene Adjei, the Chief Executive of the Hospital, said this would attract premium rates and would be held early in the morning and late in the evening so that such people could access the services without skipping their official duties.
He said he was confident that the clinics would help the facility to raise additional revenues to improve operations by drawing high profile clients, who valued privacy and convenience.
“It is the expectation of management that the various directorates will take advantage of this new policy and institute their respective clinics.”
Prof Adjei said this during the annual end-of-year thanksgiving service of the hospital.
He said as part of measures to enhance effectiveness and efficiency, they would also introduce “Target Based Reward” system under which units and directorates which exceeded their operational targets in an efficient manner would be handsomely rewarded with a percentage of the extra money generated.
“As a leading tertiary health centre in the country, we often happen to be the last hope for patients in this part of Ghana. We must therefore, strive to do the best that we can to bring smiles on the faces of people who come here for our services.”
He said it was for this reason that they spent over five million Ghana Cedis to replace some obsolete and broken down equipment.
Prof Adjei gave the assurance that there would be a massive infrastructure development and re-stocking of equipment in the hospital next year and pleaded with the staff to commit themselves to the maintenance of a peaceful industrial front and avoid strikes.
He said they should make maximum use of available internal grievance resolution mechanism to seek redress adding that “resorting to strikes tend to overshadow the sacrifices you have been making in providing care to the public, punish innocent patients unnecessarily and deprive the hospital of the much needed funds to improve staff welfare and operations.”
He pledged to continue to operate an “open-door” and staff welfare improvement to motivate them to give off their best.
Prof Adjei singled out for praise Dr Foster Kwawununu, Mrs Rita Larsen-Reindorf and Dr Nimako Boateng, all Senior Specialists of the hospital for their sterling performance at the 2010 fellowship examination of the West Africa College of Surgeons (WACS).