The initiative, sponsored by benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Vrej and Imasdouhi Nigoghossian of Canada, will result in a complete overhaul of the hospital’s postnatal department, transforming it into a state-of-the-art facility. The first phase of the hospital-renovation project, also sponsored by the Nigoghossians, was implemented in 2010, resulting in the reconstruction and modernization of the hospital’s delivery and surgery ward.
The three-story Abovyan Maternity Hospital has served the populations of the city of Abovyan and 20 rural communities since its establishment in 1985.
“In 2011 close to 1,250 babies were delivered at the hospital,” said chief physician and director Dr. Larissa Madoyan. “In addition, some 1,320 pregnant women received consultations, 17,376 women were provided with outpatient care, and 2,583 women received inpatient care.”
“In view of the high level of trust inspired by our staff of specialists as well as the hospital’s vastly improved amenities, it is not surprising that patients from far-flung communities travel here to receive care,” Dr. Madoyan added.
The renovation of the Postnatal Department, now in its preliminary stage, will include the installation of up-to-date water, heating, and electrical systems, and replacement of floor tiling, doors, and windows. In addition, all restrooms will be upgraded, and the department will be equipped with fire-protection and air-conditioning systems.
“As our healthcare providers continue to help raise awareness of women’s health issues through local clinics, we’ve seen a major increase in the number of patients between the ages of 30 and 60 who seek care at the hospital,” Dr. Madoyan said. “We offer free preventive care, including regular checkups, ultrasounds, and mammograms, as well as treatment for a broad range of conditions. This is more than welcome development.”
Commenting on the progress of the hospital-renovation project, Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, said, “We applaud the continuous support given to the Abovyan Maternity Hospital. On behalf of the fund and our beneficiaries alike, I convey our profound gratitude to the Nigoghossian family and Antranik Sirinyan, chairman of our Montreal affiliate.”