Mater Misericordiae Hospital, popularly known as Mater hospital, was opened in 1962 by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic Order of Nuns originating from Ireland.
Their goal was to provide general healthcare mainly to poor, indigenous Kenyans, but as the years passed, the hospital expanded in various ways.
For instance, it was chartered as a School of Midwifery, opened an Intensive Care Unit and a Cardiac Unit, and entered into a strategic alliance with the International Centre for Scientific Culture – World Laboratory.
The hospital’s current CEO is Prof. Dominic Mwenja while Prof. Henry Moses Thairu currently chairs its Governing Council.
Mater offers various services under the following departments: Natural Family Planning (NFP), Pharmacy, Radiology, Renal Unit, Consultants Clinic, Accident and Emergency, Pastoral Care and Mission Department, among others.
It also has a Cardiac Program that has seen over 3000 heart procedures performed as well as a Comprehensive Care Clinic to provide accessible HIV Care and Treatment services to underprivileged people.
Apart from the main hospital on Mukenia Road, Nairobi, Mater also runs a few medical centers located in different areas such as Karen, BuruBuru, Westlands, Thika, and Kasarani.
Mater Misericordiae Hospital’s vision is “to be a leading healthcare provider in East and Central Africa and to benchmark itself against the highest attainable world standards, seeking continuous improvement.”
And its foremost mission is “to deliver timely and compassionate medical services to our patients and their families to the highest possible standard through the provision of qualified staff, the most appropriate equipment, and staff training programs.”