Bokamoso Private Hospital Gaborone, Botswana

About Bokamoso Private Hospital

ORI LLC assisted two health insurance plans in Botswana, which serve government and private company employees and their families, to develop and operate a 200 acute care bed private tertiary hospital in Gaborone, the capital. Bokamoso Private Hospital provides comprehensive emergency care including trauma cases, women's and children's health services, orthopedics, cardiac, neurosciences, and oncology specialties.

It provides these specialty services to private pay patients and to government pay patients under a contract designed to reduce substantially the need to send publicly supported patients abroad for specialty care. In addition, an objective of the hospital sponsors and the Government, which has endorsed the project, is to attract patients from a wide area in southern Africa and beyond, based on the clinical excellence of the hospital’s programs. The hospital also serves the secondary care needs of the insured population base.

ORI provided a turn-key service and oversaw all services, including the development of all clinical, operating and administrative policies and procedures and the completed construction, equipping and commissioning of the hospital.

Construction of the hospital began in March 2008; it opened January 2010.

It assembled a southern African and American team that formulated the business and clinical plans, completed space and equipment and information technology planning and architectural design, and negotiated the construction contract. In the pre-opening period the team is recruiting doctors (among whom are re-patriated Botswana doctors trained in the US and Europe), nurses, and all support staff, as well as recruiting the administrative leadership for the hospital. When it opened, it had 80 doctors who were recruited from 22 countries and 198 nurses that include 115 Botswana nurses and 83 expats.

Bokamoso has a state of the art Health Information System that will enable the hospital to operate in a paperless environment, providing electronic medical records and a telemedicine capability with satellite connectivity to the United States and other countries.

The hospital is located on a 32 acre site with planned expansion to 300 beds. The facility was designed to meet international accreditation standards. Upon opening it had:

  • 1 Cardiac Catheterization Suite
  • 1 Endoscopy Suite
  • Accident and emergency facility fully equipped—helipad for country wide service
  • 8 operating theatres
  • Extensive, state of the art imaging and laboratory diagnostics capability, including Clinical Chemistry, Endocrinology, Immunology, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Hematology, Coagulation, Histology, Cytology, Microbiology and HIV Therapeutic Monitoring.