Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital, Togo


Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital, Togo—Hopital Baptiste Biblique (HBB) or Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital (KKMCH) is a 50-bed hospital which opened in 1985. There are 8-10 bed male and female wards, an 8-10 bed pediatric ward, a 4-bed ICU, an infection ward and an 8-10 bed maternity with a four bed delivery area. There are a few isolation and private rooms, a triage area, and a busy outpatient clinic with an average of 20,000 outpatient clinic visits per year. KKMCH is in southwest Togo, just north of Kpalimé. The hospital is located on 32 beautiful acres at the foot of the Danyi Plateau between two large urban areas. Lush and green, the site abounds with trees, flowers, and vegetation. It is a major medical, surgical, and acute-care facility that serves approximately half a million people. The bulk of the patients are Togolese, but many come from neighboring Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. Hospital staff includes (3) U.S. boarded American family practice physicians, (1) U.S. boarded American pediatrician, (1) American surgical PA, and (1) Togolese PA anesthetist equivalent of CRNA as well as 3 Togolese medical PAs, missionary trained nurses, and other support staff. Annually, HBB provides care to over 2,200 inpatients, including around 1,600 surgical cases. HBB averages 700 deliveries per year with about 50% of those being c-sections. There are weekly evangelistic mobile medical clinics and an active community health evangelism program. The hospital also conducts immunization and pre-natal clinics.

Climate: The weather in Adéta is generally hot and humid. Average high temperatures range from the upper 80s to the upper 90s. There are two rainy seasons, one from late March through July, and the second from September through November. In December and January, the Harmattan winds blow down from the Sahara, causing a constant dusty haze.

Language: Although there are 44 tribal languages in Togo, the two national languages are Ewe and Kabyé, with French being the official national language used throughout the country. Virtually all official business and teaching is conducted in French.

Charting: Doctor’s orders are generally written in English. Nursing charting in French and English. Most staff speak English. Translators available for patient interaction.

Surgery: There are (2) operating rooms equipped with basic OR equipment and supplies to perform a broad range of surgeries. There is an equipment sterilizer machine. No laparoscopy or fluoroscopy. No ventilators except for generals for surgery. Limited orthopedic capacity. There is a hip fracture table. There are (2) endoscopes. Surgeries are performed every weekday except Wednesday and emergency cases 24/7. Average of 4 surgeries performed per day.

Anesthesia: Local, spinal, ketamine and general (limited). Wall mounted oxygen.

If you are a Christian AN, CRNA currently licensed in the U.S. or Canada and would be interested volunteering to assist with this need, please contact Kandi Burgess by email or by phone at 828-278-1575. The volunteer is responsible for all costs associated with the trip. Karolyn Kempton will accept for a minimum two-week commitment, which includes travel.