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Chief Emeritus of Scoliosis Service at Hospital for Special Surgery Fulfills Life's Dream to Open Orthopedic Hospital in Ghana

Fulfills Life’s Dream to Open Orthopedic Hospital in Ghana

New York—April 26, 2012

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MDHospital for Special Surgery (HSS), a world leader in orthopedics and rheumatology, and Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD, Chief Emeritus of the scoliosis service at Hospital for Special Surgery and founder and president of the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), announce the grand opening of a 50-bed specialty hospital providing comprehensive orthopedic and rehabilitative services for adults and children in Ghana, Africa.

Located on 10 acres in Accra, Ghana, FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital is fully accredited to operate both inpatient and outpatient departments. In addition to orthopedic care, the hospital will provide emergency medicine, ambulance services, diagnostics (including MRI, CT, echocardiogram, catheterization lab, complete laboratory services and radiology), pharmacy and physiotherapy.

“FOCOS’s mission is to provide affordable orthopedic care to those who would not otherwise have access to such treatment,” explained Dr. Boachie-Adjei, who was born in Kumasi, Ghana, and immigrated to the United States in 1972. “The patients we treat both surgically and nonsurgically have disabling musculoskeletal disorders including complex spine deformities and pediatric orthopedic problems.”

It was Dr. Boachie-Adjei’s dream to see the best care reach the underserved in his native country, Ghana, and the sub-Saharan region. Since its inception in 1998, Dr. Boachie-Adjei through FOCOS has treated more than 17,000 local and international patients. The medical team has performed over 800 surgeries including complex spine, total knee and hip replacements.

“The medical outreach program has been sustained by more than 1,800 donors who have contributed in excess of $10 million and a $1.5 million Ghanaian government grant,” said Dr. Boachie-Adjie. “FOCOS aspires to become the premier orthopedic teaching hospital in sub-Saharan Africa. I have worked with a pioneering team of international volunteers, including colleagues at Special Surgery, to make this Hospital a reality.”

Dr. Boachie-Adjei is chief of the Scoliosis Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, with an international reputation for his special expertise in the treatment of scoliosis, kyphosis and spine reconstruction in both adult and pediatric patients. He earned a bachelor of science summa cum laude from Brooklyn College in 1976, and received a doctor of medicine degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1980.

On April 28, 2012, members of the HSS and FOCOS staffs, as well as government officials, will celebrate the official opening of the hospital in Accra, Ghana.

“As a world leader in musculoskeletal medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery is committed to national as well as international outreach,” said Louis A. Shapiro, FACHE, president and CEO, Hospital for Special Surgery. “We are proud to have supported Dr. Boachie in his efforts to make the FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital a reality.”

About Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS)
FOCOS (The Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine) is a non-profit organization established in 1998 by Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei. The mission of FOCOS is to provide comprehensive, affordable orthopedic and spine care to underserved communities in Ghana and throughout West Africa. www.orthofocos.org.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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