St. Mary's Hospital Lacor
In 1993, following an agreement with the newly founded Gulu Government Faculty of Medicine, Lacor Hospital became a teaching site and the Lacor campus was built. In 2009, the year of the Hospital’s Golden Jubilee, the first students have graduated.
The population still lives in abject poverty, but with peace has come the hope that the north can finally enjoy the economic development which the rest of the country has been enjoying in recent years.
With its peripheral centres of Amuru, Pabbo and Opit, the hospital now has 550 beds and 600 employees. The number of patients treated in the outpatient departments and on the wards is continuing to rise, and in 2009-2010 has passed the 330,000 patients-a-year mark.
The hospital prepared its first strategic plan for the 2007-2012 period.
Three things that were very close to the Cortis’ heart have been realised, although they did not live long enough to see this.
The first was that AIDS patients at Lacor would also be able to receive the anti-retroviral drugs that came too late for Lucille, and which are now guaranteed to over 2,500 people.
The second was that the hospital might one day become a university teaching centre. In 2009, the year that has marked the Hospital’s fiftieth anniversary, the first medical students have graduated. All of them have passed through the classrooms and the wards of Lacor Hospital.
The third was that the hospital might one day be guided by Ugandan managers. On March 1, 2008, Dr Opira Cyprian was appointed as the new Executive Director of the hospital, working with the Institutional Director Dr. Ogwang Martin and the Medical Director, Dr. Odong Emintone. All of them came to Lacor many years ago, as newly graduated medical interns. Today, they bear the task of carrying the hospital forward, with the help of the two foundations.
The hospital began to grow thanks to Piero and Lucille. Piero had an aggreement with the Bishop: he would not ask the Diocese for funds but would search for help elsewhere. In exchage the Diocese allowed him to run and develop the hospital autonomously. Much of Piero and Lucille's time when not working would henceforth be dedicated to finding the funds and materials needed for the hospital's survival and development. The Padua-based CUAMM (now Doctors for Africa CUAMM) started sending volunteer doctors carrying out two years’ civil service; this collaboration would continue for over 20 years.See more