The Main Areas of Nur-Avicenum Hospital Activity:

• Modern standards in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease

• Enhancement of Preventative and Rehabilitation Programs

• Increase in research activity and introduction of new scientific achievements in clinical practice

• Collaboration with International Organizations with a focus on public health

The Nur-Avicenum is a small non-profit cardiac and primary care hospital in the Eastern Kazakhstani city of Taldykorgan. Opened in 1991, as a tax-free non-profit organization, the Nur-Avicenum sought to address the growing number of cardiovascular diseases found among the local population, since then the Nur-Avicenum has become a leading non-surgical cardiology center for Eastern Kazakhstan.

The Nur-Avicenum now offers a wide variety of medical services including non-surgical cardiology, gynecology, neurology, children's medical care and much more. The Nur-Avicenum strives to be at the forefront of medical innovation in Kazakhstan. As one example, we assisted the state oblast hospital in conducting the first telemedicine project in Kazakhstan in 2004. This newfound knowledge in telemedicine led the hospital to strive to create its own telemedicine project.

President Nazurbayev

President Nazarbayev visits with Dr. Kraisman at the Nur-Avicenum Clinic


These advances in medical services have brought about wide recognition from the nomenclature of Kazakhstan. In late 1995, the government was so impressed by the great gains in health care provided at the Nur-Avicenum that The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nasarbayev made a personal visit to the hospital to tour the facilities and congratulate the staff on a job well done. Subsequently, President Nasarbayev directed the Minister of Health and his deputy to visit the hospital in February 1996 to learn why the Nur-Avicenum was so successful in improving the health care of the community.

One reason why the Nur-Avicenum has been so successful is its special relationships with international organizations and foreign governments. The German government has been an especially strong supporter of the Nur-Avicenum in continuing education and research. The Nur-Avicenum has also worked closely with international aid agencies such as Mercy Corps, Counterpart Consortium and the PeaceCorps, the government of the United States, the governments of Switzerland and Denmark. The hospital has received generous grants from the Government of Japan through its Grass Roots program as well as NGOs and donations from corporations world-wide.

The Nur-Avicenum currently has a staff of 80 including 26 doctors and 35 nurses. The hospital employs doctors with specialties in such diverse fields as cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, and pediatrics. On average, the staff provides top-notch medical care to 26,000 patients each year, of which nearly 8,000 were seen at no cost to themselves.

Since its inception the Nur-Avicenum has never turned away a person in need of health care regardless of their ability to pay for treatment. In fact, the hospital acts as a safety net to those individuals who are turned away from the state run hospital.