YEREVAN–The British affiliate of Armenia Fund has embarked on a vital hospital reconstruction project in the Republic of Armenia. The Artik Hospital the Shirak Region of Armenia will undergo major renovation in order to meet the growing needs of the region.
Presently–the project is in its design stage. The scope of the reconstruction will include strengthening of the building and its foundation–construction of a boiler-house–installation of a modern heating system–as well as installation of new doors and windows. The hospital will also undergo crucial seismic retrofitting in order to prevent collapse in case of an earthquake. In addition to key structural upgrades–new restroom facilities will be built and new flooring will be installed throughout the facility. Part of the new plan will encompass a new electrical conduit system–as well as safe and reliable wiring throughout the building. After its completion–the hospital will have a new–independent sewage system. The surrounding landscape of the hospital will be redesigned as well.
After a close assessment of the hospital–healthcare specialists determined that the condition of the hospital is critically deteriorating. Construction experts revealed major structural damage due to a lack of repair and maintenance over the years.
Over the past twenty years–the hospital has been moderately renovated. Unfortunately–the catastrophic earthquake of 1988 crippled the hospital’s structural support and foundation structure. Currently–only one out of four buildings is being used for patient care.
The hospital currently has 40 beds and serves as the main healthcare facility for the town of Artik. Due to a lack of readily available healthcare facilities–the hospital serves the Shirak region’s growing 60,000 population. Armenia Fund plans to expand patient capacity as soon as reconstruction works are completed.
Armenia Fund–Inc.–is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1994 to facilitate large-scale humanitarian and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia and Karabagh. Armenia Fund–Inc. is the US Western Region affiliate of "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund.