Dr. Okoth's journey has not always been easy, but that hasn't stopped him from ensuring that RFH Healthcare Ltd provides quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to all Kenyans.
Dr. Maxwell Okoth is no new name in Kenya. But for those who don’t, he is the founder and the CEO of Ruai Family Hospital and RFH Healthcare Ltd in Kenya.
With premium outpatient services at RFH Medical Centres (Embakasi and Kahawa West) to quality low-cost solutions through the Ruai Family Hospital arm (in Ruai and Tala), the hospital caters to everyone’s needs including the provision of specialized services through RFH Specialist Hospital.
His journey has not always been easy, but that did not stop him from ensuring that RFH Healthcare Ltd provides quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to all Kenyans.
His story began almost a decade ago when he was working as an intern in one of the hospitals in Kiambu. Noting how the patients perpetually struggled to get affordable healthcare, he got inspired to start his clinic to help ease the demand.
At 26, Dr. Okoth started a small clinic where he employed three other people. Well, 9 years later, he has six hospitals and has employed 300 people.
He says they are a family hospital, providing all maternal and child health services “at the most affordable cost.”
“We are a family hospital, from our environment and the way we treat patients,” he says.
Dr. Okoth is firmly aware of the healthcare situation in Kenya where counties have invested heavily to bring free services closer to patients. This is what his hospital focuses on, bringing healthcare services closer to people, and also ensuring that his facilities provide the highest quality care and at the most affordable cost.
Before becoming the CEO of Ruai Family Hospital, he served in various roles in the public health sector. One of his roles includes the Deputy Director of Health Services and Medical Superintendent of Mutuini Hospital in Nairobi County.
Here, he was mandated to spearhead the upgrade of Mutuini Dispensary which was a Constituency Development Fund Built hospital operating as a dispensary to a level four hospital since it had been devolved into a county hospital.
He also oversaw the opening of the maternity wing, imaging department, and inpatient wards, the hospital started operating 24 hours and is currently operating as a full-fledged hospital.
Through his determination, he has received various recognitions, locally and internationally.
In Kenya, Dr. Okoth is one of the youngest doctors to ever own and run a full-fledged medical facility. Being an inspiration to many youths across Africa, he received the Africa Motivational Award 2021 for his incredible work at RFH in September 2021.
Dr. Okoth is a graduate of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi, Certified Public accounts from Strathmore College of Accountancy, Managing Healthcare Business from Strathmore University.
He is also a graduate of the Stanford Seed Transformation Program from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Senior Executive Program from Harvard Business School.