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April 8th, 2016

Blood storage centre

Transfusing blood in emergent situations has always been a difficult proposition in Manali. Though the civil hospital here has been designated as a blood storage centre for years, practically there is never blood when one needs it. The nearest blood bank is in Kullu but even there blood of the appropriate group has been not always available.

Now thanks to the efforts of Dr. Bishan Shashni, our Community Consultant, we have a  functional blood storage centre in Mission hospital Manali. We have a ready stock of blood groups for any emergency.

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April 7th, 2016

Drs. Dennis and Sharel Martin

We are very glad to have Dr. Dennis and Sharel Martin with us now on staff.

Dr. Dennis first came to Manali as a medical student, then came to perform his service obligation. He was sponsored from here for his Diplomate in Orthopaedics, in CMC Vellore, went on to do his masters in orthopaedic surgery. He has now rejoined as Consultant, and is the first fully trained orthopaedic surgeon to provide services to people in the valley. He has already performed all types of orthopaedic surgery here safely, including spine stabilisations.

His wife, Sharel is currently an M.Ph scholar completing her studies from C.M.C. Vellore. She is working here on her thesis dissertation and will join our staff after her completion.


April 4th, 2016

Farewell to Dr. Andrew

We bid a fond farewell to Dr. Andrew Issac Christudoss, doctor from CMC Vellore who has worked with us over the last year. Dr. Andrew returns to Vellore to complete his service obligation. We will miss him dearly since in this short time he has carved a place for himself in the hearts of the patients and staff. We wish him well. Seen here with his buddy Dr. Ajith Albert.



April 4th, 2016

Handimachal Unit in Kullu

The Handimachal unit in Kullu inaugurated their new facility in Kullu on the 2nd of April. Coinciding with the commemoration of the World Autism day, the unit was inaugurated by the SDM of Kullu, Mr. Rohit Rana.

This unit is a joint venture of the Maison Des Himalayas, a n.g.o. based in France, and the Lady Willingdon Hospital and Daystar School society. It offers hope to differently abled children and their parents, and provides in house professional help for these children. Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, special educators, and a team of trained workers faithfully minister to these children and also provide home based rehabilitation with visits to the village homes.

We congratulate them on this venture and wish them well.

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April 1st, 2016

Retirement function of Mr. Tikkam Ram (Tikmu)

A bittersweet function marked the retirement of Mr. Tikkam Ram, security guard from our staff. He served the hospital for 28 years faithfully, and though he does not look a day older than the day he joined, the time has rolled around for him to enter a new phase of a post retired life.

Mr. Tikkam Ram first was appointed as caretaker of the hospital orchard in Katrain, and then later joined the staff of security here. Along with all other security staff, he was quite a multipurpose worker, his job descriptions being as varied as bringing the mail and transporting patients to various parts of the hospital, besides security.

We thank him for his faithful service to us and wish him well in his post retired life. He was constantly humming a tune in the progress of his duties, and we could hear his approach long before he appeared, something that our campus will now miss.

Best wishes Tikmu! We know we will be seeing quite a bit of  you yet, since you are not far from us in Old Manali.


April 1st, 2016

Drs. Chris and Taehee Shin

We start this series highlighting newer staff who have joined us in Manali with Drs. Chris and Taehee Shin. Drs. Chris and Taehee hail from Korea but have been in the United States for large part of their professional lives. Dr. Chris is an internal medicine specialist, and Dr. Taehee a dentist. They serve here in Manali through interserve.

Both of them bring years of experience and a love for the people of this region to their work.

Chris is a good musician too, and enlivens every morning devotion and hospital function with music and choir mastering skills.

We thank them and Interserve for serving here when so easily they could be anywhere else in the world.

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December 31st, 2015

Blessed New Year


The Mission hospital Manali wishes all its readers a blessed New Year 2016.

A new year is like a milestone marker. A testament to the journey so far, and a totem to the future.

We are very grateful to all that has been, and we look forward to the New Year with hope and the assurance that He who led us this far will accompany us.

If there is one thing that we would like to carry with us from the past into this future, it will be the companionship of His presence.

We wish all our readers a blessed New Year.

December 24th, 2015

Merry Christmas



From all of us at Mission Hospital Manali,

To all our well wishers and readers



December 6th, 2015

Annual day 2015

The staff of the hospital and the school came together in a mega event to let their hair down, and also relive and relish history on the 5th of November. The annual day program was a stupendous success, with the enthusiastic participation of school and hospital staff staging a multicultural jestful performance. Their zeal was echoed by a lively audience who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There were snippets of history from the past, and vibrant dances, vocal talent, and thespian skills on vivid display.

All staff had a wonderful time, as all commerated the reliving of “this our story”, and an acknowledgement of “this, HIS story, still being written here in Manali.

And of course, after it all, there was some sumptuous food, and then, dancing… lots of dancing!

Well done All!

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December 4th, 2015

ICTC Centre opened in Lady Willingdon Hospital

An integrated counselling and testing centre was opened in the Lady Willingdon Hospital on Wednesday, the 2nd of December by Shrimati Jyoti Rana, honorable SDM of Manali. This centre will now permit the testing and counselling of patients of HIV in the hospital and also permit the routine testing of all antenatal patients and preoperative patients. This has been the result of concerted effort and a hope for many years, borne to fruition through Dr. Bishan Shashni, our Community Consultant.

We are grateful that we can now provide this service on a routine basis.