Christian Fellowship Hospital

Serving the Community Since 1955..

Annual Newsletter – 2012 December

Our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy because of His goodness to us. We thank God for His faithfulness and all His provisions as we look back at the last year. We thank you for your prayers and visits which have encouraged us.

Fellowship

We were happy to host The Inter Ashram Fellowship conference this year. It was a time of blessing for all. The Fellowship has been enriched with the addition of new members Drs Joseph and Shirley and the invitees. All the senior members of the fellowship are actively involved in various boards and ministries apart from their clinical involvement and teaching at the hospital. We have started “All churches of ODC prayer movement”

New office bearers to24ok over on September 1st. Dr Thomas Philip is the Medical Superintendent. Dr Paul Emmanuel is the Treasurer, Dr Valsa Tharien the Secretary and Dr Susan Kuruvilla the Chair Person for the next two years.

Staffing

Mr. John of X-ray department and Mrs. Marykutty John, senior accountant (in July 2011),  Mrs. Packiavathy, former nursing superintendent and Mr. Chinnamuthu, our ward boy retired this year after long years of sincere service. There is a high turnover among doctors and nurses. Though we got many junior doctors joining last year, which has not been the case with nurses. We are very much short staffed in this area. We thank all our present staff and all those who have moved on. We are grateful for their sincere and hard work.

Hospital & Facilities

The hospital work is as busy as ever. This year, many junior doctors joined us easing the strain in many OPDs. The number of patients attending OPD remains more or less steady as in the previous years in the range of 1200 – 1600 per day. The expectations of the patients for more convenience are increasing. The waiting areas for patients in many OPDs are quite congested. Cash counters and pharmacy get quite crowded at the peak hours.  It was felt that we need to have a new OP block.  Of course that will be a huge project. With the frequent power cuts in the state rural areas, the cost for our use of diesel for the hospital generator has crossed Rs 4 lakhs per month!! We are exploring the possibility of solar power for the hospital and that again will be a major project. We need to consider the financial feasibility. The new quarters was completed this year which is able to accommodate 12 families comfortably. This year new Cardiac Echo machine, another  slit lamp, new intercom equipment and  a quieter generator were added. Dental department was able to start Orthodontic treatment this year.

Training

The DNB training programme for post graduate doctors is going on in General Medicine, O.G, Pediatrics  Family Medicine and Rural Surgery with candidates centrally selected by the board. We need senior consultants with more than 7 years experience in O.G, and Pediatrics to continue the present intake of PG students.  The numbers of students applying for nursing and paramedical courses have come down. We continue to offer training at substantially subsidized cost to our students and interest free loan scholarships to those who cannot afford even that. We wish to maintain this focus on training the economically disadvantaged students. Many of our Anesthesia trainees are doing good work in North Indian Mission hospitals.

Community health

Community health department continues its work through its dedicated team of doctors, nurses, social worker and health workers. HIV and TB work are also continuing under this department. The school health work is also functioning well. Home nursing training attracts less number of students, though the demand for home nurses is in fact increasing.

Boy’s home

Boy’s home has 13 semi orphan boys staying and studying in the local school. Sadhuji home continues to be a refuge for several destitute’s. . Pachalur retreat center continues to be serene and inspiring place for retreats and we are considering developing additional facilities there. Conferences for Medical Students and Nursing students are regularly conducted there, apart from the place being used by our own staff and students and small groups from outside.

Founder’s day

Founder’s day was celebrated on the first Saturday of January and all those staff working here now, who have completed 25 years of service with us, were honored.

Deputations

We were able to help out many North Indian Mission Hospitals last year also by deputing staff for their needs. Our staff also could be part of Medical camps in Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir and  Punjab.

Passing on the ethos

It is heartening to see many young people taking up more responsibilities and doing them well.  We had many visitors and people sent from other organizations for training in specific areas. We continue to have elective students from various countries. CMC Vellore sends some of their medical and nursing students to us once a year for a few days of exposure to secondary care in mission hospital. Many find our ethos and functioning inspiring, especially the care for the poor and the focus on simplicity.We need to maintain these values and Christian principles in spite of increasing pressures from the world. How do we impart these values to the large number of young staff who join us and mentor them? This is the challenge for us today. We conducted a one week ‘In His Steps’ programme for young Doctors and 13 keen, young people were blessed. We are considering two such programmes yearly to help and guide the youngsters.

As we look at the New Year, 2013, with all its uncertainties, I am reminded of the song,

“Put your hand in the hand of the Man who stilled the waters,

  Put your hand in the hand of the Man who calmed the sea.

  Take a look at yourself and, you can look at others differently.

  Put in your hand in the hand of the Man from Galilee.”

May we be able to go into the new unknown with the calm assurance of walking hand in hand with Him who is the same yesterday, today and the tomorrows . May we be enabled to walk and work in His grace with love, unselfishness and forgiveness.

Wish you and family peace and joy at this Christmas and the New Year.

Secretary, The Christian Fellowship, Oddanchatram

Email: cfh@sancharnet.in     Telephone: 04553-240226

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