Coxa’s Armenian project finds success – the model can be copied to other countries

12.04.2017 — News

The joint project of Coxa and the Armenian Nairi Medical Centre, the Nairi Coxa joint replacement clinic, celebrates its first year of operations this spring. An event was held in honour of the clinic on 6 April 2017 on the campus of Tampere University Hospital with discussion about the lessons learned from the project, as well as the future potential for international cooperation in the field.

Two years ago, Coxa and the Nairi Medical Centre signed a five-year cooperation agreement aimed at starting modern joint replacement surgery in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. This cooperation has included staff training, partner network building and the implementation of Coxa’s proprietary, Lean-based Coxa Joint Process care method.

The operations at Nairi Coxa have been successful since surgery operations began in May 2016. Currently, Coxa’s role is to guide and audit the operations.

“Before, many Armenians would travel to Central Europe for their joint replacement surgery. Now, the Nairi Coxa clinic can offer them modern joint replacement surgery and implants in their home country,” says Hannu Koivula, anaesthetist nurse at Coxa and the coordinator of the Nairi Coxa project.

Pirkanmaa Hospital District and Tampere open to continued cooperation

According to Mikael Manukyan, Managing Director of the Nairi Medical Centre, Armenia could also use international cooperation in developing other areas of its healthcare. Armenia lacks oncological expertise in particular.

Medical Director of the Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Kari-Matti Hiltunen, sees possibilities in expanding cooperation to cover cancer treatment as well. The city of Tampere is also interested in similar future cooperation projects.

“Here at Tampere we have lots of expertise and we are glad to find it in international demand. We have been an industrial city, and still are, but going forward, we would also like to be a city of knowledge,” says deputy mayor Mikko Aaltonen.

Cooperation relies on trust

The model applied in Armenia can be copied to other countries and adjusted to the features and challenges of each new partner. Coxa has ongoing negotiations in both the public and private sector, for example in Russia. The Nairi Coxa project is a rare example of a project where cooperation is purely between two companies, which made for simpler negotiations.

“It takes a lot of work and commitment to see a project like this through. Both parties must find the cooperation beneficial,” says Tarmo Martikainen, Coxa’s Managing Director.

He has no doubt about the key to success.

“The most important thing is to earn trust.”

Further information:
Tarmo Martikainen
Managing Director, Tekonivelsairaala Coxa Oy
+358 50 558 4579