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August 26th, 2009

August newsletter

As summer wanes, we always breathe a sigh of relief. Relief for the knowledge that we have survived another tourist incursion and the muscle weary summer sprint for the year is now over. The hospital stayed busy throughout the summer months. Sister Victoria, our new nursing superintendent, has brought up nursing standards considerably. Philip stayed busy in the operating room and Anna was tireless in the OPD. The addition of Dr. Ritu Lakesar, our gynecologist, has been a huge blessing. We are witness to His faithfulness in healing through many, more stories of amazing recoveries. We are now gearing up for the Jubilee celebrations, of the hospital in 2010, as we celebrate 75 years of service in this valley. You can keep up with this on the hospital website under the “Jubilee celebrations” page.

Highlights for the staff so far have been a raise in salaries for all middle level staff, a “Ward clean up day”, “Independence Day celebrations”, and committees to initiate the Jubilee celebrations.

We continue to sponsor local children for higher education. This year we have sent the following students for training: You can read about them on the website under the “Sponsored Students” page.

· Thotwan Vashum (OT Technician)

· Tulwanti (Nursing training)

· Meena (Nursing training)

· Ashish Giri (Coaching for med school)

We hope to be able to finalize plans for the New OPD soon and to work towards starting that construction in the coming months.

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August 17th, 2009

A miracle

Ram (name changed) was brought to our casualty unresponsive, without pulse, blood pressure or respiration, with the history of being electrocuted. His pupils were not reacting. Active resuscitation was begun immediately in casualty. His pulse returned, and he was ventilated over the next two days. Eventually he was weaned off the ventilator. He began to respond gradually and over a period of a month began to respond to command. This is an amazing recovery. We are looking at discharging him now, with the relatives taught to take care of him at home. We have seen some amazing recoveries, and we know this has to be God.

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August 16th, 2009

Local natti (Himachal dance)

Great show by the hospital staff, with an almost extempore local natti. 

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August 15th, 2009

Independance day celebrations

Independance day flag hoisting was performed in the courtyard of the hospital. Shri Naveen Tanwar, Pradhan, Shri Yograj, Up pradhan and Smt Pushpa ward member presided. A local natti dance performed by the hospital staff was a great hit.

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August 2nd, 2009

Welcome visitors

It was so wonderful to see Drs. George Ani, Ashish Jaison and Joseph Mathew again. Dr. George is an ENT Surgeon in CMC Ludhiana, and Drs. Joseph Mathew and Ashish are emergency physicians training in Australia. Auld lang syne indeed.

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July 9th, 2009

Using Live Writer

Just started using Liver writer. wonder how it will go.

June 18th, 2009

Summer is here

Summer season is upon us, with the influx of tourists, local and foreign. Combine this with the usual rush of patients and have the makings of a very busy OPD and full wards.

Philip is currently away, in Bangalore, and Dr. Nitin Peters surgeon from CMC Ludhiana is covering for a while.

Stay tuned for updates in the future.

August 25th, 2009

Jubilee celebrations

Jubilee retreat

A Jubilee retreat was held with Dr. K.O John from Oddanchatram leading it. He helped us consider our work and service from a Biblical perspective, one that we hope will guide us into the years ahead. We will need to look at our plans for the future in this light.

Ambulance service

We hope to initiate the first ventilated ambulance service in Himachal, a venture that will allow us to transfer ventilated patients safely to tertiary hospitals in Chandigarh and Ludhiana. This will be a first for this region. The ambulance is currently being fitted out and should be in Manali in early April.

April 27th, 2010

Thanksgiving service

The hospital met for a thanksgiving service on 17th of April. Staff from all departments participated in songs, reading, skits and offering of praise and thanks for all that God has done for us in the years gone by.

We want to start the Jubilee with this attitude of constant thanks. Thanksgiving is a heart attitude and we want to hold it up always in gratitude for all the He has been to us.

March 14th, 2006

Diplomate Of the National Board in Rural Surgery

The Diplomate of Rural Surgery is a pilot project of the National Board.

Five hospitals have been selected to start this programme. Lady Willingdon Hospital is one of them.

The first candidate for the programme started his course in January 2007. The candidate will spend time between a nodal hospital and Manali. The nodal hospital will be Padhar hospital in Madhya Pradesh.