Posted on April 2, 2010
The African continent is still reeling from the heavy footprints of colonialism. The world watches corruption and violence like a distant train wreck, wishing something could be done, but mostly not knowing exactly what that “something” is. One of the unfortunate effects of patchy infrastructure, especially substandard power grids and often the lack of distributed utilities, like water and gas, is the instability in hospital services. It is not uncommon, throughout Africa, for a hospital to lose power, all together. Of course, electricity is necessary for lighting, monitoring equipment, and even life sustaining machines and therapies.
Limitations of medical care in Africa are no more evident than in Nigeria, where President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua recently elected to travel to Saudi Arabia to receive treatment for pericarditis. This practice is not uncommon, as the affluent routinely travel to the Middle East, the Mediterranean, or even the US for medical care, dental care and even prenatal care. The limitations are not with the physicians, but with the facilities in which they practice; in fact, many Nigerian physicians hold degrees from toptier international institutions, including Harvard, Cambridge, Johns Hopkins and others.
To build a hospital and medical school worthy of Dr. Carson’s name, the university, retained materialsDIRECT
Babcock University’s visionary President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Makinde, sees the challenges in Nigerian medical care as an opportunity. Babcock University is a Seventhday Adventist institution—with the endorsement of the SDA World Church, Dr. Makinde set in motion, ambitious plans to build a 400 bed teaching hospital, as the cornerstone to a new medical college on Babcock’s main campus. The Ben Carson Medical Center will be named for founding Board Member and Honorary Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr.
To build a hospital and medical school worthy of Dr. Carson’s name, the university, retained materialsDIRECT to assure the project is designed and constructed to the same modern standards as world renowned facilities like St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City, Philippines, the Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. These three institutions are examples of state of the art facilities in developing countries, having met the challenges of limited municipal infrastructure to become world leaders in care and research.
Nigerian hospitals are typically built of reinforced concrete and concrete block. This combination of primary building
materials creates these common issues and more[i]:
Small windows limit natural light, which negatively impacts recovery and necessitates compensating with artificial
Solid walls obstruct the natural path of inwall services like power, plumbing and computer networks.
Concrete is porous, making sterilization more difficult.
The low heat transfer resistance of block walls significantly increases the need for air conditioning. Interior masonry partition walls are messy, slow and expensive to move, making internal expansion or reorganization impractical.
Among the many design features taken from the best practices of successful and renowned hospitals around the world, materialsDIRECT has specified steel frame construction, lowE glazing, aluminum composite exterior paneling and gypsum interior wall cover with polished concrete floors and drop ceilings. Among the many advantages produced by the application
of our specified modern design elements, are the following:
Larger, low emission glazing increases ambient light.
Framed walls accommodate inwall
services, with plenty of versatility for expansion, repair and mobility.
Polished and sealed concrete floors make sterilization of cleanrooms and surgical theaters easier and more effective.
Significantly improved thermal efficiency reduces energy consumption and provides more stable climate control.
Framed walls are fast and easy to move, making internal expansion and reorganization fast, clean and inexpensive.
The finished hospital will stand four stories high, with departments the following specialty departments: Urgent Care,
Cardiology, Intensive Care, Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Neurology, Oncology,
Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Dentistry. Also on site will be two radiology labs, blood/tissue lab, a dispensary/pharmacy, as
well as pathology department and administrative offices, under the same roof. An onsite
natural gas power generation plant
will produce 24/7 power, 365 days a year, for the hospital and associated outbuildings, including the residential tower.
Trigeneration technology exploits the waste heat from power generation to produce refrigeration, warm water and chilled
water. The warm exhaust will be scrubbed and used in a greenhouse application, to grow produce for the University.