BEACON MEDICAL CENTER
Beacon Medical Center (BMC) is a cornerstone to the health of our community. Located less than a minute’s walk away from Beacon of Hope School, BMC provides free medical care to all 658 of our students, as well as 1,996 residents from the surrounding area.
The center opened in November 2006 operating as a day center with the initial aim of treating students and staff of Pilgrim. In the beginning, the center had just two staff who managed minor illnesses and provided trauma counseling. In 2007, staffing increased to include a laboratory technician and nurses. Laboratory services started up, enabling the expanded treatment to local community members, often at subsidized costs. Through mobile clinic services in the surrounding rural areas, free treatment was provided to those displaced by the civil war.
Currently, the medical center operates with five staff: a clinician, counselor, nurse, laboratory technician, and office assistant. BMC has seven beds and still runs as a day-center. Now, BMC sees an average of 544 patients each month, providing treatment most commonly for respiratory tract infections, malaria, urinary tract infections, typhoid, and peptic ulcer disease. During a clinic outreach event in the summer of 2017, Beacon Medical Center treated 135 patients in a single day!
Since its inception, the mission of the Beacon Medical Center remains: to provide high quality and accessible patient care. Services currently offered include laboratory services, primary care, family planning, general out-patient medical services, and counseling.
Beacon Medical Center serves and touches hundreds of patients’ lives each month, lifting them up when they are in their most vulnerable state. Beacon Medical Center is for the community, by the community.
To learn more about how Beacon Medical Center is benefiting its community, read our blog post that takes a deep dive into how big their impact is.