The Medical Center: Rural Community Health Care Project

Our mission, among other things, is to help the neglected people in rural communities (the villages) through well-coordinated health care delivery systems, focusing especially, on the rural women, teenage-mothers, their children, and prevention of cultural ritual violence against women. Each of our foundation’s clinic will provide primary health care services that include routine examinations, screening, testing, immunizations, urgent care services, wellness programs, health education and consultation.

We are pioneering a new innovation in Health Care Management and policy called “Managed Care Health Services-Foundation Model Approach”, where a certain budgeted sum of money is utilized to provide health care services to an aggregate rural community.

It will be a scaled-down version of the one established in the State of Minnesota in the 1970s that have helped to promote wellness through a preventive care focus. However, unlike the Minnesota system, which is funded by the State Government; the Good Samaritan Society Mission’s Managed Care Health Services – Foundation Model will be subsidized by donations and grants.

We believe that this new health care initiative will be an efficient and outcome-oriented model for rural communities in Nigeria. Our emphasis will be to pay closer attention to the health care needs of an aggregate community that we serve and develop a comprehensive database for ongoing evaluation of our model. We will also be concerned with the nutritional regimen of the community to improve the quality of life of the rural dwellers. Our model will establish community-based clinics to facilitate early intervention in an effort to reduce infant mortality rate of the rural children which is at its peak of 87 per 1,000 births (Okpagu, 1999).

Currently under construction is a 130 bed acute and chronic care general hospital where all Nigerian can receive medical services regardless of their ability (“Care First”) to pay. The hospital, when completed, will be able to diagnose and treat every medical and surgical problem with the most modern diagnostic equipment and techniques. We shall collaborate with major hospitals in the United States of America; integrate many rural hospitals and healthcare clinics in the area into healthcare network service providers.

Our Medical Group Chairperson and Director Roland C. Birkebak, M.D and his team visited Oyo State, Nigeria, in August 2002, to identify local hospitals and clinics that will be used to participate in this project. Dr. Birkebak is a retired Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, a former Chief of the Spina Bifida service at Gillette Children Hospital for 15 years. He practiced as Chief Surgeon at the Bethesda Lutheran Hospital and Orthopedics at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota for 33 years before he retired.