Jared Moses, recent Groner fellow and administrative director at Baptist Memphis overseeing information systems, patient transportation, dialysis, cardiac monitoring and Mid-South PICC, traveled to Kenya this fall to visit AIC Kijabe Hospital.
The Baptist system has developed a working relationship with the Kenyan hospital thanks to Baptist Corporate Board of Directors and Baptist System Board of Trustees member Allen Puckett’s history with Dr. Muma, the hospital’s CEO. The hospital leadership team visited Baptist Memphis last year, observing things like daily safety huddles and the Baptist Management System.
“I helped them implement the daily safety huddles and coached them through the best cadence for the meeting,” said Jared.
Since last year, AIC Kijabe Hospital has been working on implementing an electronic health record (EHR). While he was there, Jared participated in the post “go-live” and helped the hospital’s information technology (IT) team think through various EHR user issues and policies.
Jared also learned a lot about their culture. While they may have fewer resources than many hospital systems in America, they use those resources well, optimizing everything.
“The American health care system could learn from them,” Jared said.
The hospital’s patient population has similar health issues as Americans – high blood pressure and diabetes – and similar health care challenges, like transportation, education and compliance.
AIC Kijabe Hospital has an average daily census of 150-200 inpatients, including pediatrics and labor and delivery. It also has on-campus health care clinics that see up to 500 patients a day. The clinics are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.