Department of Internal Medicine


Historical back ground

The Department of Internal Medicine, operating under the oversight of the General Medical Service Directorate and the overall guidance of the CEO of ALERT Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, was officially established as a cohesive unit in 2012 G.C. Prior to this formal establishment, the healthcare landscape primarily featured specialized horizontal services. These services were predominantly focused on specialized areas such as HIV/AIDS care, treatment, prevention, as well as Tuberculosis services. These essential healthcare provisions were administered by a dedicated team of internists and general practitioners.

As an integral part of ALERT Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, the Department of Internal Medicine continues to evolve, adapting to the dynamic landscape of medical advancements and the changing healthcare needs of the community it serves. The commitment to excellence and patient-centered care remains at the forefront of the department's mission, ensuring that individuals receive the highest quality of medical attention and support.

Yearly Performance

  1. The department of internal medicine consistently serves an extensive patient and client base, averaging over fifty thousand individuals annually. This broad spectrum of care encompasses a significant focus on outpatient services, with more than thirty thousand individuals benefiting from referral chronic care services, and an additional ten thousand receiving follow-up services delivered by our team of specialists and subspecialists.
  2. In our commitment to addressing critical health challenges, the department plays a pivotal role in providing essential HIV/AIDS care, treatment, and prevention services. To date, we have positively impacted the lives of more than 7602 patients through these vital programs. Additionally, our dedicated efforts extend to the management of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) cases. As one of the two recognized Tuberculosis Infection Control (TIC) centers in Addis Ababa, we collaborate closely with St. Peter Hospital to deliver specialized MDR/XDR services, with a total of 1015 patients benefiting from our expertise.
  3. In addition to our outpatient initiatives, we have been instrumental in meeting the needs of over ten thousand patients through our inpatient services

Qualifications & Number of Health Professionals

As of November 2023, the department is comprised of a diverse and cohesive team of professionals working in harmony to fulfill the hospital's goals, mission, and vision. Operating under the direct supervision of department heads, our dedicated team includes:

  1. Cardiologists
  2. Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist
  3. Endocrine and Metabolic Disease Subspecialist
  4. Internists
  5. Neurologists
  6. General Practitioners
  7. Family Medicine Residents
  8. Clinical Nurses
  9. Patient Support Staff
  10. Janitors
  11. Adherence Supporters
  12. Case Managers
  13. Data Clerks

Number of beds

Our facilities include 50 general ward beds, 22 beds specifically designated for Multidrug and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, and, in collaboration with the Emergency and Critical Care Department, an additional 25 inpatient beds. This collective effort results in a total of 97 beds dedicated to delivering comprehensive inpatient services to meet the diverse healthcare needs of our patients.

    Teaching/ Training Services

    In partnership with Addis Ababa University, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, the Department of Family Medicine plays a pivotal role in instructing resident students within the department, contributing to their educational journey.

    The Internal Medicine Department collaborates to conduct morning sessions three times a week, specifically on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Additionally, the department actively engages in at least one weekly seminar.

    Moreover, through collaboration with the Research and Training Directorate of ALERT Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, the department is currently at the forefront of delivering both international and national training programs. These encompass diverse areas such as HIV/AIDS care, treatment, and prevention, Tuberculosis management, ethics and medicolegal considerations, Emergency and Critical Care, as well as pulmonary function tests. This collaborative approach underscores our commitment to education, research, and training, ensuring that our team remains at the forefront of medical advancements and contributes meaningfully to healthcare development.

    Forms of Services

    The department offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services, including inpatient care, outpatient care, emergency services, and interdepartmental consultation services.

    Service Hours

    The department extends the aforementioned services across both public and private wings. While all services mentioned are available during regular working hours on weekdays, emergency and inpatient services remain accessible outside of working hours, ensuring continuous coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Services provided by the department

    The Internal Medicine Department offers an extensive range of services to address diverse medical needs, providing both outpatient and inpatient care for conditions spanning Cardiology, Hematology, Endocrine disorders, Gastroenterological cases, Neurology, Nephrology, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Rheumatology, and Immunology.

    On an outpatient basis, the department specializes in:

    1. Chronic outpatient clinics catering to referred patients within our catchment area
    2. Subspecialty and specialty clinics
    3. HIV/AIDS care, treatment, and prevention through the ART clinic
    4. Management of both drug-sensitive and drug-resistant Tuberculosis through the TB/MDR clinic

    Furthermore, the department delivers specialized care for infectious diseases such as TB/MDR, offering both outpatient and inpatient services, along with ART services for HIV/AIDS. Our expertise extends to managing various acute and chronic diseases, as well as addressing concerns related to poisoning and alcoholism.

    Equipped with advanced capabilities, the department performs a diverse range of procedures, including but not limited to:

    1. Pericardiocentesis
    2. Bone Marrow Aspiration
    3. Echocardiography
    4. Spirometry
    5. Electroencephalography
    6. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor
    7. Endoscopy (upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, ligation endoscopically)

    Additionally, the department offers planned services such as Exercise Treadmill, Holter Monitor, Angiography, Nerve Conduction Tests, Bronchoscopy, Polarized Microscopy, and Biopsy from pleural, peritoneal, and pericardium. This comprehensive suite of medical services underscores our unwavering commitment to delivering top-notch healthcare to our valued patients.

    Contact Info

    1. +251 113 48 60 51 (Chief Executive Direcor)
    2. +251 113 47 16 32 (Chief Clinical Director)
    3. +251 113 48 11 63 (Chief Academic Director)
    5. Zenebework, Kolfe Keranyo Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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