• Mutombo Hospital and Research Center
  • Mutombo Hospital and Research Center rendering
  • Dikembe Mutombo Ground Breaking Ceremony
  • Mutombo Hospital view
  • Mutombo Hospital constrtuction
  • Mutombo Hospital and Research Center
  • Mutombo Hospital emergency hallway
  • Mutombo Hospital cuisine
  • Signing Ceremony
Former NBA star builds hospital in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Former U.S. NBA basketball player Dikembe Mutombo is known as one of the game’s all-time greatest defensive players, but he is also a humanitarian. Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he sought to improve the health and living conditions of his native country. He also yearned to honor the memory of his mother, Biamba Marie Mutombo, who died of a stroke in 1997.

The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation had many goals for the people of the Congo, including:

  • Primary healthcare and disease prevention.
  • Health policy promotion.
  • Better health research.
  • Increased access to healthcare education.

The foundation decided that a new, well-equipped 300-bed hospital was needed on the outskirts of Kinshasa, the capital of the republic. Louis Berger was retained as owner's representative and architect, taking the project from inception through the conceptual design, design development and final design phases, preparing tender documents, managing the procurement of the construction contractor through a competitive bid process, and providing on-site supervision during the construction phase. The Louis Berger team also developed the plan for equipping and furnishing the hospital, and managed the procurement and installation of bio-medical equipment, furniture and landscaping.

Opened in 2007, the hospital includes an administration complex, laboratories, emergency rooms, operating rooms and a 70-bed maternity area. Named after Dikembe Mutombo’s mother, the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital will serve generations of people in the Congo.