MTRH Board held a two day retreat at Panari Resort in Nyahururu, Laikipia County on 20th and 21st April 2018. During the retreat under the theme “MTRH 2017-2022 Strategy: Accelerated Implementation through Transformational Leadership to Contribute to the Big 4 Government Agenda”, members of the Board had an opportunity to review the performance of the Hospital through various presentations under key thematic areas geared towards achievement of strategic agenda of the Hospital.
The Board members present included the new MTRH Chairman Mr. Mark Bor, the new Moi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Sanga Kosgey, Dr. Janet Muriuki who has been the Board Sessional Board Chair for the last one year, Ms. Ann Mworia, Mr. Martin Gumo, Ms. Florence Chelimo and Mr. Patrick Wandaka. The Retreat was graced by the Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Eng. Peter K. Tum, OGW who is also a member of the Board. The Principal Secretary used the retreat to officially unveil the new Board Chairman to the Board members and members of Management. The Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, MBS welcomed the new Board Chairman and Prof. Kosgey on behalf of Management and assured them of continued maximum support to the Board.
The members of Management present and who participated in making presentations included; Dr. Francis Ogaro (Deputy CEO Clinical Services), Dr. Saratiel Naybera (Director, Surgical Services), Dr. Philip Kirwa (Director, Reproductive Health Services), Dr. Victor Kipyegon (Director, Pharmacy and Nutrition), Mrs. Ann Chemworsio (Director, Human Resource and Capacity Development), Mrs. Christine Tonui (Director, Administration), Mr. Mathews Birgen (Director, Finance), Mr. Titus Tarus (Director, Nursing Services), Mr. Thomas Ngetich (Finance Manager), Mr. Silas Tarus (Asst. Principal Administrative Officer- Capital Projects), Mr. Stanley Kulei (Ag. Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager), Ms. Victoria Bii (Resource Mobilization Officer) and Dr. Jeremiah Laktabai who represented AMPATH in the retreat. The Secretariat included Ms. Sylvia Nyariki (Ag. Corporation Secretary/Legal Manager), Ms. Emily Kurgat (Board of Management Administrator) and Ms. Rita Wahome (Administrator, CEO's Office).
In his remarks, the Principal Secretary commended the Hospital Management for the manner in which the Hospital is run and the quality of services it offers and encouraged Management not to relent in its efforts in ensuring continued improvement. He also stated that it is through focused leadership and dedicated team that MTRH has been able to excel in various fronts of healthcare service delivery. He assured MTRH Board and Management that the Government will fully support the construction and equipping of the new 4,000-Bed Multi-Specialty MTRH to be done in phases.
Mr. Bor, on his part, remarked that he was happy to be part of a vibrant MTRH team and together with the Board, will offer the oversight role required for continued success of MTRH including realization of the 4,000 Bed Multi-Specialty MTRH.
The VC, Moi University, Prof. Kosgey supported the strengthening of the partnership between MTRH and Moi University and that he would immediately ,with MTRH CEO, commence the process of reviewing the MOU between the two institutions and address matters concerning Registrars (Post Graduate Medical students).
At the adjournment of the retreat , Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa ,read out the communique/resolutions of the Board retreat that Management will ensure implementation. The communique/resolutions were;
- The need to align the MTRH 2017-2022 Strategy to the Government’s Big 4 Agenda,
- Ensure that the recommendations of ICT, Energy, Legal, Financial and ISO Audits are implemented,
- Availing Service Charters in a manner that is visible and in a language that is understood by the clients,
- Focusing on staff development including Human Resource Dashboard for planning including knowledge management and succession planning,
- Ensure data driven decision making- particularly in HR recruitment, training and deployment as well as in Hospital operations,
- Efficient management of industrial matters through advising the Ministry of Health on new legal and policy framework. Adopt alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms including Dialogue, Mediation and Arbitration,
- Continue to implement clinical mentorship in counties including training of Registrars in County Hospitals,
- Participation in implementation of Universal Health Coverage Programme,
- Leverage on the partnership with Moi University which is highly strategic and continue improvements with other partnerships,
- Ensure proper costing of Private Wings and General Hospital services
- MTRH to advise Ministry of Health on good generic drugs and set pace for adoption throughout the Country,
- Resource Mobilization Unit to complete the Resource Mobilization Policy and Strategy as well as expand the rapporteur of potential donors.
- The Board lauded Management in resolution of public complaints and that this should continue to be improved,
- That Management should be role models for positive attitude,
- Board to support efforts by MTRH, AMPATH and Uasin Gishu County towards Universal Health Coverage in Uasin Gishu,
- The Board noted Decongestion Strategies in the Hospital working with the Counties in the region and development of Decongestion Strategy paper to be presented to the Ministry of Health,
- Exploit the absence of jurisdictional complexities with Counties in MTRH’s area of coverage and work closely and strategically with all Counties in that region,
- Formation of a Retreat Resolutions Implementation, M&E Committee/ Unit,
- MTRH to continue to implementing Patient Safety programmes that other hospitals in the country and in the East African Community can benchmark with,
- Adoption of a Proactivity and not Business-As-Usual Approach to service delivery as emphasized by the Principal Secretary,
In adjourning the retreat, the Board Chairman on behalf of the Board lauded Management for steering the Hospital with a strategic focus and the entire Hospital fraternity for its dedication to quality and efficient service delivery. He noted that with the accelerated pace of MTRH 2017-2022 Strategy implementation, the Hospital is geared towards successful transformation in service delivery, training, research and participation in national health planning that will contribute immensely to achievement of the Big 4 Government’s Agenda particularly on Universal Health Coverage.