Evangelical Mission Hospital-Khariar and Children’s Home
The Evangelical Hospital-Khariar is a hospital located in the Nuapada District of Odisha, India. It is currently the leading non-government health institution in the State of Odisha and Eastern Chhattisgarh, and it provides the best medical care for each patient that enters the hospital, regardless of income.
The hospital has been serving the rural community in Odisha since 1930, when it was founded by Reverend Herman and Mrs. Marie Feierabend of the American Evangelical Mission of the Evangelical Synod of North America, a predecessor mission body of what today is Global Ministries. Since the 1970s, the Church of North India oversees the operations of the hospital and continues to keep a close relationship with the Evangelical Hospital-Khariar. The church conducts morning worship services, patient visitation, and counseling, and it comforts the bereaved. Not only does the hospital cure patients and prevent disease, but the hospital also makes all attempts to impart the knowledge of God in order to benefit the wholeness of the person.
Evangelical Hospital-Khariar annually serves over 27,000 patients through outpatient services, regularly occupies approximately 90 of its 110-bed capacity each night, and performs 1,800 surgeries. The hospital staff consists of 9 physicians, 72 nurses, and medical support staff – including 20 nurse midwives, and 14 general staff members, including a full-time chaplain. The hospital is working toward better serving their patients and improving the health of the community through obtaining a Chemiluminescense Analyzer, CT scanner, Radio Therapy Unity, a Blood Bank Cell Separator, and adding additional training for paramedics.
The Evangelical Hospital-Khariar is committed to adding these technologies and medical equipment for better diagnoses and treatments. However, the hospital building structure rapidly is becoming outdated and difficult to maintain due to structural deterioration. Recently, the ceiling in one of the oldest hallways of the hospital collapsed. The renovation of this hallway and preventing future structural damage has taken first priority for the hospital’s capital investments for the time being. Global Ministries welcomes gifts to renovate necessary areas of the older hospital building, at the same time that the staff and leadership continue to improve the quality of patient care provided at Evangelical Hospital-Khariar.
Update: October 2017
The Evangelical Hospital-Khariar is moving forward in obtaining new medical and safety equipment. In the last year, the hospital was able to purchase equipment for diagnostic tests and dialysis, as well as finalize the installation of a fire alarm system and a generator.
More than 50% of the local population in Odisha over the age of 50 faces complications from kidney failure. This year, the hospital was able to purchase a dialysis machine with water treatment capabilities. Dialysis is a process of removing impurities in blood, which is useful for treating kidney malfunction. The prevalence of kidney failure in this area is due to a genetic vulnerability to sickle cell disease and contaminated drinking water. The new dialysis machine at the hospital also treats water to provide purified drinking water for patients. Before Evangelical Hospital-Khariar acquired the dialysis machine, the nearest one was located over 100 miles away, leaving kidney failure patients with burdens of funding long-distance travel. So far, more than 30 dialysis procedures have been performed at Evangelical Hospital-Khariar.
The new diagnostic machine is a Chemo Luminescence Immunoassay (CLIA), which can perform advanced blood tests. Now, the hospital is able to detect medical problems involving thyroid levels, hormones, vitamin deficiency or vitamin imbalance, and folic acid. Abnormalities in these levels are often indicative of life-threatening conditions. Having the means to get a quick diagnosis allows patients to receive treatment faster before their condition worsens. To date over 1,000 blood tests have already been conducted with it.
In addition to improving the scope of medical assistance provided to patients, a new noiseless generator has replaced one which was over 50 years old and produced a lot of disruptive noise. Furthermore, the hospital has installed new smoke detectors and a fire alarm system, along with an emergency water pump designated for extinguishing fires. After a recent fire devastated a local hospital, a new law requires all hospitals to have fire safety equipment available and approved by the government. Hospital workers and patients are very pleased with the new system.
As the Evangelical Hospital – Khariar evaluates their funding priorities for the upcoming years, they have identified several projects in addition to maintaining the highest level of care for their patients. These projects include obtaining computers for the digitization of patient records, the completion of installing sewage treatment equipment, and the construction of a new building to provide more space for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Each of the improvements identified by Evangelical Hospital-Khariar will directly benefit patients. Streamlined recordkeeping becomes even more vital as the numbers of patients increase. To improve the storage and retrieval of patient records, staff access to computers is necessary. Additionally, if printers are purchased, receipts can be issued in a more professional manner. Completing the installation of sewage treatment equipment would allow for environmentally friendly disposal of liquid waste
With the recent upsurge of Intensive Care cases, a new unit is necessary to accommodate the number of patients the hospital is receiving. Several patients need to receive care 24 hours a day, whether the patient needs oxygen support, a continuous infusion of medication, or to be treated in an area with powerful ventilation for the prevention of spreading contagious diseases. The equipment involved in each of these specialized cases of care requires considerable room. The current hospital building is over 60 years old and does not easily allow for installing new equipment along the walls or for making additions to floor space. Evangelical Hospital-Khariar is raising funds for the new Intensive Care Unit space. This endeavor will cost approximately $37,000 to complete and additional funds will be raised to furnish and run the unit.
Evangelical Hospital-Khariar aims to provide the best service possible to patients regardless of their economic background. The hospital staff sends their gratitude to Global Ministries for the prayers and donations that have enabled them to care for patients using modern medical technology and to successfully carry out advanced procedures in rural India. Global Ministries welcomes donations for the continuation of this project and extends thanks to all those who have participated in updating hospital services and supporting building maintenance.
Update: August 2018
Located in Orissa, India, the Evangelical Hospital-Khariar is the leading non-government healthcare institution in the state and provides the best medical care for each patient regardless of income. In addition to their medical work, the Church of North India provides a home for girls between the ages of five and 15 years old. Currently, there are just over 50 girls living in the home. Girls living in this home either have parents who have passed away or come to the home from difficult circumstances.
In addition to supporting their education, making sure the children are healthy is a priority. Every day, the girls receive vitamins and healthy meals, as well as soap, toothpaste, and mosquito repellent. Each week, the home staff in Khariar provide a number of spiritual activities, such as church services, Sunday school activities, and prayers led by staff and a few of the older girls. Each Saturday, a local pastor visits the home for a prayer service.
The Evangelical Hospital-Khariar also sees the importance of play for the girls, so they are encouraged to participate in games and sports. Some of the different activities they participated in: math games, musical chairs, jump rope, running races, high jump, long jump, and shot put. Recently, the home hosted a game day and gave out over 20 prizes.
In the future, the Evangelical Hospital-Khariar hopes to increase the capacity of the home to provide a space for 55-60 girls. They would like to improve the toilets and bathrooms for the girls to use, as well as additional rooms to prevent overcrowding such as a dining room. More urgently, the home is looking for a new source of water, as their current water sources are drying up. Global Ministries welcomes special gifts to support the girls’ home on the campus of the Evangelical Hosptial-Khariar in India as they provide a loving home for young girls.
Update: November 2019
The Evangelical Hospital-Khariar is a hospital located in the Nuapada District of Odisha, India. It is currently the leading non-government health institution in the State of Odisha and Eastern Chhattisgarh, and it provides the best medical care for each patient that enters the hospital, regardless of income. The hospital has been serving families in rural communities near Odisha since 1930. In addition to healthcare, the hospital conducts morning worship services, patient visitation, and counseling, and comforts the bereaved. The hospital treats patients and prevents diseases, but the hospital makes all attempts to share God’s love for the wholeness of each person.
Earlier this year, Khariar Hospital celebrated the opening of a new Intensive Care Unit. With an increased number of intensive care cases, the hospital identified a new Intensive Care Unit was necessary to accommodate the number of patients the hospital has been receiving. Whether patients required 24-hour care, oxygen support, continuous infusions of medicine, or placed in an area with powerful ventilation to prevent the spread of diseases, there was previously little space for this intensive care. The equipment involved in each of these specialized cases of care requires considerable room. Global Ministries is grateful for the special gifts received for medical care ministries of church partners in India, and the special effort from the family and friends of Britt Reller, who made gifts in his memory for the new Intensive Care Unit at Khariar Hospital.
Update: August 2020
Currently, the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to increase in India with over 1.85 million cases confirmed of the virus across the country. There are no official testing facilities within 200 miles of the Evangelical Hospital – Khariar campus; the closest testing facility is in Bhubaneswar, a coastal city approximately 300 miles away. To improve access to testing, the Evangelical Hospital – Khariar applied to the Health and Family Welfare Department of Odisha to become registered as a testing center. With this approval, the hospital will have permission to perform testing for COVID-19 and antigen testing. The hospital would use antigen testing as a screening test.
While Evangelical Hospital – Khariar is in process of becoming a registered COVID-19 testing facility, the hospital is constructing a new lab for COVID-19 testing, purchasing Antigen testing equipment, and Trunet COVID-19 testing equipment, new oxygen supply systems for patients with respiratory problems, and air filtering equipment.
Until now, the hospital was receiving cylinders of oxygen from Raipur and bringing them back to the hospital when needed. However, with many patients arriving with COVID-19 symptoms, the hospital is needing to replenish the supply of oxygen more frequently, making it more practical to purchase a new oxygen generator for the hospital.
Update: February 2021
In recent months, Evangelical Hospital – Khariar has added new equipment and a testing facility to better care for patients with COVID-19. The hospital has purchased an oxygen generator plant and supplies. This allows the hospital to produce oxygen for patients who are having difficulty breathing. The second project completed was an RTPCR Trunet testing facility. The Indian Council of Medical Research gave the hospital permission to offer COVID-19 antigen tests. For this facility, the Evangelical Hospital – Khariar constructed a separate outpatient unit for patients with respiratory illness. The next priority for the hospital is to develop an RTPCR unit, once they have received the government permit.
Additionally, the hospital has opened a new Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) unit. The hospital is now able to offer hearing tests for community members and has received training on diagnosing deafness. Meeting the building requirements and equipping staff members with knowledge on fire safety at the hospital has been a priority for several years now. As a result, the hospital has received a license in fire safety recently.
Hospital administrators were the first members in the Nuapada district to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This was advertised greatly and shared with the community to reduce apprehension in the community about receiving the vaccination. despite the total lockdown and challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Evangelical Hospital – Khariar remained open and was able to expand its services to its patients this year.
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