Spirit to serve
FROM ISSUE #123 (13 DEC 2002 - 19 DEC 2002) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Twenty years after the famous Shanta Bhawan Hospital, a converted royal palace, shifted south to new premises in Patan in 1982, and, accordingly changed its name, the hospital has more than doubled in size. Today, Patan Hospital, the foremost example of a community hospital in Nepal, has 300 beds, double the original number, annual outpatient visits of 330,000, admitted patients of 16,000 and 600 staff. It's built a new ward for children, has expanded its operating theatre, added a separate orthopedics unit, and has started the Patan Private Clinic, a new personalised service. Said Medical Director Dr. Mark Zimmerman on the 20th anniversary of the hospital, "Patan Hospital still retains much that is good from the old Shanta Bhawan Hospital-a mission to serve with skill and compassion all who come to us; a special place for the poor; and a Spirit that makes extraordinary things happen". Last year alone, the hospital gave out the equivalent of over $100,000 in direct charity to the poor.