While tremendous work and effort were being put in place to fight the outbreak of COVID-19, the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital’s usual activities were in parallel, still being carried on by teams of dedicated people.
Recently, the LAU Health Foundation received a generous grant of $1.328 million from ASHA, the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program, to support commodities critically needed for the first Stroke Center that was previously established in Lebanon in March 2018 at the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital. This support is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.
This grant allows the existing Stroke Center to establish a Hybrid Operating Theatre, which is central to a Stroke Center’s Medical Imaging and Intervention aspect, where both open surgery and laparoscopic procedures may be accomplished. Despite the inevitable and heavy focus placed on the outbreak of COVID-19, the hospital’s Stroke Center is still expanding under the leadership of Dean of the Gilbert and Rose- Marie Chagoury School of Medicine Doctor Michel Mawad.
Such grants are of major importance as they make possible the advancement of the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital’s services and enable it to better serve its community.