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Grounding Breaking Ceremony - WAISS UP!

Updated: May 12, 2021

On April 28th, 2021, in a ceremony marking the official start of construction, the Foundation

for Special Surgery ( FSS ) broke ground on its specialty surgical hospital, the West Africa

Institute for Special Surgery, ( WAISS ) . The 87, 000-square-foot state-of-the-art surgical

facility is being constructed adjacent to FOCOS hospital in Accra and will focus on providing

highly specialized surgical care otherwise not readily available in Ghana and surrounding

countries and for which patients often seek care abroad. “ WAISS is a reflection of our

dedication to sustainably improving the quality of specialty surgical care in West Africa through compassionate patient-centered care by world-class doctors , nurses and supportive staff.

WAISS will also emphasize training of local surgeons and nurses by harnessing the expertise of their doctors and nurses who work at leading teaching medical centers both locally and around the world. “We know that buildings do not heal people, rather, it is people who facilitate healing” says Dr. James Owusu, member of FSS. As such, for the past 15 years, our foundation has focused on attracting a core team of doctors, nurses and administrators who have compassion for serving and are humanitarians at heart. Our foundation has provided life-saving and face-saving surgeries to many people across several continents. Now, “we are bringing our expertise home , focusing our efforts at one center to sustainably multiply the impact of our efforts to touch many lives for many years to come“, says Dr. Kofi Boahene, the founder and president of FSS.

The first module is a 2-level structure with 40 private and semi-private patient rooms for

overnight observation and inpatient stays, 10 consultation rooms , a surgical suite with 4 operating rooms, an Intensive Care Unit, educational conference room, a spacious family-oriented lobby and visitation lounge and administrative offices for supportive staff.

The project team consists of Architects & Consultants Fabarchcon Architectural group, Ghana, Architektburo Kriesche, Germany, Civil Engineers & Main Contractor , Asona Construction, Ghana, IB Federlein Engineering, Germany and Quantity Surveyors, Twin Brook Consults Limited, Ghana.

The hospital construction is slated to be completed in the second quarter of 2022.

The mission of the Foundation for Special Surgery is to provide the highest level of specialized surgical care to patients in Africa and other underserved communities around the word. The Foundation is committed to being a leader in training the next generation of sub-specialized local surgeons by enlisting the participation of leading surgeons across various specialties to provide premium care, skills transfer and education to benefit patients and the long-term sustainability of complex surgical care. Learn more at

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