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Unveiling our Logo

Posted on April 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Some of our more observant readers noticed something new on the banner in the background of the image in our last blog post – our logo.

We’ve been silently working on the logo for over 6 months now so we are excited to show you the results.

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Let us explain the idea – we began with a shield and the cross, something simple yet timeless with a university model in mind.

However, rather than using a traditional cross, we decided to use a “Holding Cross.” A Holding Cross is meant to be held in our hands and therefore is not symmetrical or sharp. This kind of cross is meant to be held in our hands especially when we pray – how appropriate it is as a symbol to display the mission and vision of Believers Church Hospital!

At first glance this may look odd, but as you continue to look into it, we get a kind of feeling that someone is hanging on the cross, or that Jesus’ hands are stretched out to receive us.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Ensuring a Clean Environment and Preventing Infections

Posted on April 4, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

We took the first step towards delivering quality health care towards our guests when we held our first Continuous Nurse Education (CNE) Program on 22nd of March 2014. The session, which focused on Infection Prevention and Control covered topics such as hand hygiene, aseptic techniques, surgical site infection and imbibing a safe environment for patient care.

Dr. Vinoo Jacob, our senior surgeon gave the inaugural address.

Dr. Vinoo Jacob, our senior surgeon gave the inaugural address.

Dr. Vinoo Jacob, our senior surgeon gave the inaugural address.

Mrs. Siji, Infection Control Nurse, gave the main address about “the role of the infection control department in Believers Church Hospital.”

Mrs. Siji, Infection Control Nurse, gave the main address about the role of the infection control department in Believers Church Hospital.

Mrs. Siji, Infection Control Nurse, gave the main address about the role of the infection control department in Believers Church Hospital.

We will be continuing our CNE program over the next weeks to cover more areas so we can bring you the best possible care.

The First CNE Program was a Grand Success

The First CNE Program was a Grand Success

Be A Germ Buster

Posted on March 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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Have you heard of a post operative patient getting a bad infection complicating the entire healing process? Or about a ICU admitted patient getting an infection from another patient in the Hospital? These are but 2 of the examples of what we would called “Hospital acquired infections.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.4 million people worldwide each day of all hospital admissions result in infections that patients acquire during their stay while receiving treatment for other conditions, culminating in 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths each year as well as INR 1,707.43 – INR 2,012.33 billion in excess costs.

As you can see, precious lives are lost every year because of the spread of infections in hospitals which could have been prevented. We as your preferred Health care provider, are not prepared to let this happen to you in our Hospital. This reality motivated Believers Church Hospital to adopt infection control as the corner stone of rendering quality healthcare. As a first step to achieve zero tolerance to infections, we believe in equipping our hospital family by educating them to deliver the best possible care to our guests (patients).

Hence we are conducting our 1st CNE – continuous nursing educational program this Saturday.

Germs beware…here we come!

Calling All Nurses

Posted on December 20, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

A walk-in test for the post of Staff Nurse for Believers Church Hospital is scheduled for 27th December 2013 at 10:00am at Believers Church Residential School. All qualified and experienced GNM and Bsc nurses may appear for the test. Candidates should bring a passport-sized photo of themselves. Candidates who qualify will be called for an interview at a later date.

For any further questions, please feel free to call 9446387372.

Fulfill Your Calling

Posted on December 3, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Is being a healthcare provider your vocation? Then yes, this is the place to be!

Has it been your dream to be part of something significant in your life? Then this might be a place where you might want to be!

Are you looking for an environment where you can do quality work, within an ethical (Christian) framework? Then, yes this could be the place to be.

One night is all it took to identify her vocation. 3 men from various walks of life, all of whose wives were facing a life and death situation, came requesting for help at her doorstep. She was unable to help. One sleepless night and three tragic outcomes later, Ida Scudder determined to become a doctor; she had identified her vocation. God had chosen her to lay the foundation for the best Medical University In India, if not in the world – Christian Medical College, Vellore.

The Latin root word—“vocationem”— means “a calling”. Vocation is an occupation that someone feels strongly about doing, despite monetary gain or other influences. Therefore, everyone’s vocation should be what they feel compelled to do because it gives a deeper meaning to life as well as added meaning within us.

No wonder thousands of healthcare professionals offer top of the line care, with compassion and ethical values to more than 2 million people each year. They work with a passion unmatched in the industry; they refuse to leave the institution even though offered several times their salaries; they offer hope to thousands each year.

We at the Believers Church Hospital want to take a leaf out CMC, Vellore and apply it to our context. Spread across 10 nations, 33 dioceses and working among 300 language groups, we at the Believers Church believe that this Hospital can and will make a significant impact in the healthcare needs of our country.

Come be part of that vision – fulfill your vocation.

What Makes Believers Church Hospital Unique?

Posted on December 2, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

This is the fifth in a series of posts which discuss the mission and vision of Believers Church Hospital.

Post 1: What is Healing?
Post 2: What is the Difference Between Healing and Curing?
Post 3: What is Wholeness
Post 4: Why is Believers Church Starting a Hospital?
Post 5: What Makes Believers Church Hospital Unique?

We want to provide quality healthcare driven by the love of Jesus Christ through advanced technology and state-of-the-art infrastructure towards healing and wholeness.

We will do this through the base hospital and its outreach programmes, and also train young men and women to do the same through medical, nursing and allied health training programmes.

We want to provide our service with utmost:

  • Quality: We are in the process of getting NABH Accreditation, the highest quality certification for hospitals by the Quality Council of India, promoted by the Government of India
  • Patient Safety: We have taken statutory and technical measurers against fire hazards, infection control initiatives, risk and disaster management to ensure this.
  • Compassion and Courteousness: We have a Guest Relations Department and the service of Believers Church Sisters of Compassion to ensure this.
  • Professionalism: We will be professional in terms of our communication, care and interaction in every area of functioning.
  • Accuracy: We follow quality checks and controls to ensure diagnostic services are accurate. The practice of electronic documentation and external quality assurance will ensure this.
  • Timeliness: We value the time of our patients. In order to keep this, we follow prior appointment system, electronic queue management and token systems.

This is the last post in the series on the mission and vision of Believers Church Hospital. We look forward to serving you soon!

Why is Believers Church Starting a Hospital?

Posted on November 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

This is the fourth in a series of posts which discuss the mission and vision of Believers Church Hospital.

Post 1: What is Healing?
Post 2: What is the Difference Between Healing and Curing?
Post 3: What is Wholeness
Post 4: Why is Believers Church Starting a Hospital?
Post 5: What Makes Believers Church Hospital Unique?

Preaching, teaching and healing are the ministries of Jesus Christ. Hospitals are place for healthcare where patients can be equipped towards healing. As analyzed in the three previous posts, healing is wholistic in nature.

For us starting a hospital alone is not a sustainable means for equipping the people of India towards wholistic health. Therefore we are looking ahead to train young men and women for healing by introducing training programmes in medical, nursing and allied health sciences. It is our desire and hope that they will continue to serve the nation after their training.

Why another hospital in Thiruvalla?

It is convenient to have the hospital in Thiruvalla where the headquarters of the church is situated. Resources such as land, personnel and the full support of the church are other advantages.

Also, currently, Kerala has around 3.1 beds per thousand of population. This means there is a requirement of more than 60,000 beds to achieve the global benchmark of 5 beds per thousand populations. Specifically for the district of Pathanamthitta, more than a thousand beds need to be added.

The next post in this series will discuss the uniqueness of Believers Church Hospital

What is Wholeness?

Posted on November 18, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

This is the third in a series of posts which discuss the mission and vision of Believers Church Hospital.

Post 1: What is Healing?
Post 2: What is the Difference Between Healing and Curing?
Post 3: What is Wholeness
Post 4: Why is Believers Church Starting a Hospital?
Post 5: What Makes Believers Church Hospital Unique?

For far too long, health has been defined only as the absence of disease or infirmity. The traditional way of viewing medicine as a business and treating only the physical body is now seen negatively.

The World Health Organization took a more wholistic view when it defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” The treatment of mind, body, and spirit is the new norm.

Individuals desire caregivers who have an overall concern about the whole person. However, the patient must be aware of the methodology used in treatment and its accompanying dangers. This includes physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.

At Believers Church Hospital, we will be following a wholistic view of health – working closely with patients and the surrounding community to improve well-being.

The next post in this series will discuss how this Hospital will fit into the mission of Believers Church.

What is the Difference between Healing and Curing?

Posted on November 11, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

This is the second in a series of posts which discuss the mission and vision of Believers Church Hospital.

Post 1: What is Healing?
Post 2: What is the Difference Between Healing and Curing?
Post 3: What is Wholeness
Post 4: Why is Believers Church Starting a Hospital?
Post 5: What Makes Believers Church Hospital Unique?

Some people like to differentiate between healing and curing. When the body is being restored to function properly, it can be called “curing.” When the soul or spirit of a person is being restored to function properly, it can be called “healing.” Therefore, a person can be healed even though they may die from the sickness.

In the old days, healing started with healing the spirit and then the body was automatically healed as best it could be. And even if there was not a perfect cure of the body, the spirit was eased. If the person did die from the particular illness, they usually died in good spirit. Conversely, some sicknesses may be cured, but the spirit may not be healed.

Curing, which is what doctors are called upon to do, usually consists of an external treatment; medication or surgery is used to mask or eliminate symptoms. This external treatment doesn’t necessarily address the factors that contributed to the factors in the first place.

Healing goes deeper than curing and must always come from within. It addresses the imbalance that underlies the symptoms. Healing brings together the often hidden aspects of a person’s life as they relate to her illness. Healing is different from curing, though curing and the restoration of physical function may accompany healing.

The next post in this series will discuss the importance of a wholistic viewpoint in improving health.

What is Healing?

Posted on November 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

This is the first in a series of posts which discuss the mission and vision of Believers Church Hospital.

Post 1: What is Healing?
Post 2: What is the Difference Between Healing and Curing?
Post 3: What is Wholeness
Post 4: Why is Believers Church Starting a Hospital?
Post 5: What Makes Believers Church Hospital Unique?

Jesus had a healing ministry; He made people whole again. His ministry was based on the need for salvation. The word salvation is derived from the Latin words salus, meaning health, safety, well-being and salvare, meaning to make safe, to secure. Even today, we put a salve (ointment) on our wounds in order to heal them. Christ’s basic mission to mankind was to bring health and safety to us.

But this mission was not only His; He extended it to His followers. When He sent out the twelve apostles, His charge was as follows: “As you go, preach this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.” (Matt 10:7-8, see also Luke 9:1-2 and Matt 6:7-13) Later He sent seventy-two disciples by telling them, “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, The kingdom of God is near” (Luke 10:9).

Healing was also given great importance in the early days of the Church. Not only did Jesus’ disciples heal during His lifetime; they continued to do so after His death. In Acts, there are numerous instances of individual and multiple healings, done not only by the twelve disciples, but later followers as well: Paul, Barnabas, and Ananias among others. In James’s letter, the congregations are charged: “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14).” Many early saints were recorded to have done miraculous healings.

The next post in this series will discuss the difference between “Healing” and “Curing.”