Operating Theatre Expansion Project


$714,000 of $850,000

David Shirk


Project Description



With 50 surgeons sharing 8 operating theaters and a waiting list of up to a year for orthopedic and plastic surgery, Kijabe desperately needs to expand theatre capacity.   7 additional operating theaters, educational and storage space will be added with a build-time of two years.  Initial goal of $450,000 for a first phase was passed, so the project will be approached as a continuous build with Friends of Kijabe target contributions of $800,000 and Kijabe Hospital contributions of $300,000.


*Above was the original funding plan.  As the hospital takes a major revenue hit due to COVID-19, plans for total contribution may need to adjust accordingly.  Construction is proceeding on schedule.  


Ground Floor

Purple is additional space to be built, additional theatres, storage and expanded PACU

Upper Floor

Purple is locker room and educational areas to be built, connecting to existing upstairs theatre conference/office space.

Project Updates

March 2021


Exterior is completed


Upstairs (education space), concrete is watered daily for the first month to prevent cracking.



Entrance/Exit from PACU


PACU nearing completion.

Locker rooms

Ramp construction

Hallway for new theatres

One of the new theatre rooms.

December 2020

Second level structure completed.


March 2020

PACU (theatre recovery room) foundation trenches and fill rock for an old cistern. 

View toward the current operating theatre structure.

View toward Bethany Kids.  See the two concrete straps on the building? These are where the ramp landings will connect for access to the new building.  

February 2020

Groundbreaking Ceremony

January 2020

Contract Awards


May 2020

Theatre Site, (Bethany Kids building to the left, lab/pathology to the right)

PACU expansion walls

Access point to main corridor from PACU

September 2019

Tender Opening

August 2019

Due-diligence site visits.  

Theatre Proposal Word Document

Detailed description to share with your organization leadership.

Looking at the history of what Kijabe has been and where it is today, the places it’s been through, and what has been happening at the hospital in the few years I have been here, one thing is apparent, Kijabe must have been set up with God’s mission at the purpose at the center of it.

Somehow, every day, there are patients whose lives are permanently changed because of what we do, and somehow it seems this happens in spite of us!  We look at the big picture and see that God is still at work, his work will still go on. People are coming, needy patients are coming, people in distress from physical or spiritual conditions. Our job as physicians is to look at this and choose to be a part of this.

Dr. Chege Macharia

Head and Neck Surgeon

I see and experience God in real, tangible ways here.  I don’t think I had to leave the US to experience that, but it is making an intentional choice to follow where you think God is leading.  

Seeing what He is doing in Kijabe.  Hearing the stories of where this hospital started over a hundred years ago, the improbabilities of it being what it is today, seeing so many of my colleagues, what they are doing. . .witnessing these miraculous outcomes. 

Even yesterday I was giving exposure to an orthopaedic surgeon and neurosurgeon to the top of the spine through the mouth.  The patient comes in barely able to move and he’s going to leave being able to walk. To me that’s just miraculous. 

Being part of that is really, really fun.  It’s really compelling.  It’s what draws me in and keeps me here. 

Dr. David Nolen

ENT Surgeon

When I see a patient coming, I can identify with them.  In 2012 I was an orthopedic patient here.  I had an injury, was treated in a different facility, and here I got the optimal treatment.  I am what I am today because of the treatment I got here at Kijabe.

If you look at the numbers, you can get discouraged.   What makes a difference is, when you focus on that patient you are operating on at that time, when you fix them well.  Deriving joy from that patient is what makes you go on each and every day. 

Dr. Isaac King'ori

Orthopaedic Surgeon

The lack of safe anesthesia and safe surgery account for more deaths than HIV, TB, and Malaria all added together.  Though it’s not easy to corral these diseases, they can all be cured with medication, HIV can be stopped, TB and Malaria can be cured.  Safe surgery, safe anesthesia, you need skilled practitioners operating in a complex structure.  That’s why it’s so much harder to get a handle on it, the structure involved and the timeline to train people is so long. 

In many ways, I feel like what we are doing at Kijabe is a drop in the bucket.  There’s maybe 1,000 well-trained clinicians in Kenya able to safely administer anesthesia, for a country of 50 million.  But it’s like the mother Theresa quote, “if you cannot feed 1,000 people, feed one.” 

I think of that often when we are doing surgery that can be life changing for a Kenyan child. 

Dr. Rodger Barnette


Meet the Surgery Team

General Surgery & Urology

Dr. Peter Bird

Dr. Juma Irungu

Dr. Jack Barasa


Dr. David Nolen, ENT (Serge, graduate of Samaritan’s Purse)
Dr. Chege Macharia, Head & Neck 
Dr. Josh Romero, ENT (Samaritan’s Purse post-resident)
Under the current allocation, these 4 surgeons share one operating room.


We’re grateful to Dr. Kim for serving at Kijabe for the past years.  Please pray for the neurosurgery service, that God would provide the right surgeon to join the Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital team.  

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Peter Nthumba

Dr. Justin Daggett 

Plastic surgery service needs to expand to meet patient needs and provide opportunity for fellowship training.


Orthopaedic service will expand from two to three theatres and a fourth shared with other services.  Orthopedic residents training through PAACS will benefit, and most importantly the patients in need of surgery for whom wait times currently stretch up to a year.


Orthopaedics team includes
Dr. Chege Mwangi
Dr. Watson Maina
Dr. Isaac Kingori
Dr. Dan Galat
Dr. Francis Mbugua


Maternity team, including Dr. Lilian Mameti (OB/GYN)
Samantha Conroy FP (Samaritan’s Purse)
Sarah Hodgson OB/GYN (AIM)
Will Caire FP (CHSC)
Surgery and anesthesia trainees are key beneficiaries.  More theatres mean better patient to clinician ratios and provides them with hands-on learning opportunities.
Kijabe currently hosts 15 surgery residents/fellows, 40 Kenya registered nurse anesthesia trainees, and 12 Medical Officer Interns (who rotate in general surgery & obstetrics)
Challenge: an increased load will fall on the anesthesia team, currently led by Dr. Rodger Barnett (Serge).
Patients in need of non-emergent surgery will be the greatest beneficiaries.  Reduced wait times mean they can achieve health and wholeness quickly.

Patient Blessing is currently waiting 11 months for her next corrective burn surgery.

2018-2019 College Football Giving Scoreboard


The Ohio State – $60,087.87

University of Alabama Birmingham – $26,300

Alabama – $25,125

Auburn – $22,150

Arkansas – $19,551

Clemson – $16,750

Georgia – $13,762

Vanderbilt – $5000

Penn State – $1281

Texas A&M – $102.5

Georgia Tech – $30.50

 Thanks so much to all who gave in honor of their favorite team!

2019-2020 College Football Giving Scoreboard


Clemson: $49675

UGA: $8357

Lenoir-Rhyne: $7300

The Ohio State: $7200

UGA: $6000

Alabama: $5915

Michigan State: $5000

University of Texas: $4800

GA Tech: $3857

Auburn: $2725

Clemson: $2400

Florida: $1500

Michigan: $1200

Washington: $1025

UNC: $600

Penn State: $256

AIC Kijabe Hospital 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

Learn how expanding the operating theatre complex will enable Kijabe Hospital to grow toward health and sustainability.
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