You’re doubtless familiar with term the Art of Medicine, made popular by Sir William Osler: “The practice of medicine is an art, based on science.”
What would happen if the idea was around and medicine viewed as art?
Following is a visual treasure hunt around Kijabe searching for the art in healing.
A hundred-thousand patients have rolled through the operating theatre doors in the last decade, trusting God and Kijabe surgeons for healing. I’m one of them! Through these doors is hope!
I’d guess these doors have been pushed open by staff at least a half-million times – well worn!
Backup anesthesia machines in the theatre waiting area, next to a painting of Jesus washing Peter’s feet.
Weaver-bird nests in the huge Acacia tree outside of the hospital entrance.
Entry door to casualty department. Each chip tells a story of the rush to bring an emergent patient for treatment as quickly as possible.
Window detail in the labor & delivery room. On average 250 babies are born each month at Kijabe, now increasingly to high-risk mothers in need of specialized care and NICU services.
Stain on a metal slide-box in the pathology lab. Cancer care at Kijabe has been receiving significant media coverage in the past month. The work of our pathology team is essential to quick diagnosis and start of treatment.
Wheelchairs have a very tough challenge holding up well in Kenyan enviroment. This one is saved for accident and emergency patients.
Hospital shops and some of the ubiquitous colorful signs and fonts.
Patients in the courtyard for sun and fresh air.
Stairs to the Medical Director and Nursing Director’s offices.
IV drip in operating theatre during a laparoscopic surgery.
Quiet moment in the main corridor of Kijabe. This building was constructed with louvred windows designed for tropical environments – most of which were replaced by solid glass as barrier against the cold nights in Kijabe!
Acacia tree outside the hospital entrance.
Valentine’s Day decorations remaining in outpatient department (OPD).
Sunset over Mt. Longonot – this view is certainly one of Kijabe’s most spectacular treasures.