KFOR facility offers innovative medical care

17 January 2018

PRISTINA, Kosovo - A new medical facility, that offers turn-key, contracted, medical and surgical care to more than 4000 NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) personnel, was officially opened in Camp Film City, Pristina during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The Deputy Commander of KFOR Brigadier General Janos Csombok led the ceremony with official participation by Her Excellency Anne Dostert, the Luxembourg Ambassador to Kosovo and Mr. Peter Dohmen, General Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency.

"Starting from today KFOR explores new frontiers in Operational Medical Support. The new KFOR Medical Treatment Facility is a challenge, because for the first time NATO has contracted civilian medical services in direct support of military operations on a NATO mission," explained a KFOR representative. Working with SHAPE joint medical staff to bring all interested parties together was critical to the early momentum.

"This project was incredibly challenging for all stakeholders. Within the limited timeframe of 12 months we all had to work closely together, especially to coordinate the medical requirements of more than 28 nations and, of course, the build-up and operationalization of the hospital together with IQARUS, the selected contractor, and the sponsor-nation Luxembourg. This was an exceptional team effort to deliver key services which are critical to successful KFOR operations,” said Mr. Dohmen. “This project underscores NSPA’s added value for NATO and the Nations in the operational medical domain."  The facility, which will offer emergency surgical care and damage control resuscitation for casualties, achieved full operational capability earlier this month.

Additional participants from NSPA included Ms. Cristina Boldur Senior Contracting Officer, Dr. Robert Balazs from NSPA’s General and Cooperative Services Programme, medical consultant Dr. Zoltan Vekerdi and engineer consultant Mr. Jo Debruijn.