Currently under way, the project was announced by Brazilian-affiliate chairman Ochin Leon Mosditchian in October 2009, during his working visit to Yerevan with a Brazilian-Armenian delegation.
“This is by no means the first instance in which a benefactor finances several additional projects following the realization of an initial undertaking,” said Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, commenting on the Brazilian-Armenian community’s consistent support of Nork-Marash Hospital.
“Commitment of this level ensures that issues faced by a given beneficiary are solved in a comprehensive manner,” Vardanyan added. “The continued support of sponsors such as the Armenian-Brazilian community is a testament to the effectiveness of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund as well as the confidence it inspires among donors.”
Since 2005, the fund has implemented a string of extensive projects at Nork-Marash Hospital. They include the reconstruction of the Intensive Care Unit, Intestinal Infections Department, and Infectious Diseases Department, the installation of a new roof on one of the hospital’s two main wings, the installation of a heating system, and the construction of a boiler room.
“Without a doubt, these major renovations and upgrades have significantly improved the general quality of our medical services as well as our patients’ sense of well-being,” said Dr. Ara Asoyan, chief physician at Nork-Marash Hospital. “Today our vastly enhanced facility enables us to provide top-notch care and makes us far better prepared to deal with epidemics.”
According to Dr. Asoyan, close to 7,200 patients (including 2,350 outpatients) have received care at the hospital’s renovated departments during 2009.