By Lorraine Anyango
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) is burning the midnight oil to set up a private wing within its facility.
The private wing which is ward seven is expected to be complete, fully furnished, and functioning in the next four weeks. After its completion, the unit will be managed professionally incorporating outstanding hospitality.
This means that clients will access the best quality health care yet at the most affordable rate in the region, hence positioning JOOTRH as the leading health provider in the region and enabling it to acquire a competitive edge within the market.
This possibility further implies that you get to choose what type of care you will receive at JOOTRH, you also choose which doctor treats you, and electing a certain type of treatment for a condition, you will have a shorter wait time for your treatment and you will have a private room and other optional extras to make your stray more comfortable.
Speaking during the opening of a three days workshop for JOOTRH’s Health Management Teams (HMT), the CEO Dr. George Rae said that the facility will venture into the hospitality industry and offer private wing services to generate more revenue.
“We have the most qualified practitioners and all other private hospitals rely on us, we just want to improve our services and make the most out of this equipped facility that we have.” Dr. Rae added.
During the meeting, the section heads took stock of their revenue generation and made resolutions further improve revenue from JOOTRH.
New services including Critical Care will be brought on board, 12 more students are expected to enroll for training at the JOOTRH training school, quality will be enhanced as well as an introduction of service fee to those seeking nutrition advice to increase revenue generated from the facility.
The HMT agreed to work on modalities of ensuring that essential drugs are availed throughout by incorporating a digitized platform to enhance efficiency.
Currently, the surgical unit is leading with 18 million Ksh annual revenue generated while the entre hospital generates about 623 million annually. This revenue is collected as cash as well as NHIF reimbursements.
Some of the interventions agreed on to move the revenue upward is by up scappling of HNIF services. “We are encouraging all our clients seeking services to enroll in the NHIF platform.” Dr. Rae added.
Currently, the hospital receives up to 70 % percent of the NHIF reimbursements, the HMT agreed to push for 100 percent reimbursements and also ensure that no money is spent at source by banking the 100 % of the cash collections.
Annually JOOTRH loses about 600,000 monthly on waivers, the team is committed to monitoring trends in waiver commitments as well as the recommended waiver cup, and what the exemption circulars hold.
JOOTRH’s HMT is committed to supervising trends in revenue collections within the hospital, and monitor and supervising NHIF claims in the hospital.