Christian Fellowship Hospital, Oddanchatram, Tamil Nadu



CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP HOSPITAL

ODDANCHATRAM, TAMIL NADU

 

ABOUT HOSPITAL

Christian Fellowship Hospital, Oddanchatram, is a 299 beds, multi-specialty hospital located in Oddanchatram, a small town between Dindigul and Palani, 28kms from either side) in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu. The hospital with its team of 135 doctors sees about 1700 outpatients a day. There are radiology, clinical, biochemical and microbiology labs and adequate diagnostic equipment. Approximately 7500 operations are performed annually.

MANAGEMENT AND STAFF

The Christian Fellowship Hospital (CFH) is run by the Christian Fellowship (CF), an inter-denominational body based on faith in Jesus Christ. The working principle is “To each according to his or her need and from each according to his or her ability”. Fellowship, caring, simple lifestyles, and honesty in all dealings are stressed.

CF is a Christian non-profit organization, registered as a charitable society. The members have a lifetime commitment to CF. Office bearers are periodically elected to carry out various responsibilities. A board of advisors chosen from other organizations helps and guides the affairs and activities of the institution. In keeping with the principle of reducing the disparity in salary scales, the highest staff remuneration is about four times that of the lowest. All the programmes are indigenously funded.

 

FACILITIES AND SERVICES

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

Since health is inextricably linked with the socio-economic conditions, CFH has evolved a comprehensive village health care plan with special attention to the socio-economic welfare of the people by using all the locally available resources and facilitating self-reliance and community participation. Primary care is given to a population of 22,000 with three base centers where the staff stay and reach out to the neighbouring villages. Through one of the centers, work is done among the tribal’s of that area and the tribal children are studying in schools in Oddanchatram, staying in the hostel provided for them.

Health is taught as a subject in 60 schools through the School Health Education Project. The urban poor are reached through 4 Family Medicine Clinics situated in Oddanchatram. The tireless efforts of the Primary Health care team has resulted in a drop in the infant mortality rate from 200 to 29, with a 100% immunization coverage in these areas.

HIV and AIDS

With the increasing incidence of HIV, at least 1 new patient is diagnosed to be HIV positive every day. All the staff and students are educated in the care of HIV victims. Patients are admitted for complications, surgery and delivery. The hospital networks with a hospice nearby for the care of terminally ill and HIV patients, and with the government AIDS Project (TNSAC).

FACILITIES AVAILABLE

• 299 beds with a daily outpatient attendance of about 1700

• 135 doctors of whom 60 are specialists

• Radiology, clinical, biochemical and microbiology labs

• Upper GI endoscope, ultrasound scanners, cardiac echo machine and treadmill.

• Approximately 7500 operations performed annually

 

DEPARTMENTS OF THE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP HOSPITAL

1. Administration

2. Anesthesiology / O.R.

3. Community Health/49 OPD/ICTC

4. Dental

5. Dermatology

6. ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat)

7. Gospel Team

8. Laboratory

9. Electrical & Maintenance

10.Medicine

11.Nursing Service

12.Obstetrics & Gynaecology

13.Ophthalmology

14.Orthopaedics-> Physiotherapy +Occupational

15.Paediatrics

16.Pharmacy

17.Psychiatry

18.Radiodiagnosis & Imaging->X-Ray

19.Medical Records

20.School of Nursing

21.Surgery

 

PROJECTS

A. BOYS’ HOME

A hostel for tribal children that supports 24 children using resources within India.

B. RETREAT AND COUNSELLING CENTERS

There are two retreat centers, one in Oddanchatram and the other in the Pachaloor hills 29 Kms away. The retreat center at Pachaloor is also used for counseling, conferences and group programmes for medical students, nurses and doctors.

C. OUTREACH

Teams are sent to the neighbouring villages and on deputation to other mission hospitals. Doctors visit other medical colleges to meet and encourage medical students, often in collaboration with the Evangelical Medical Fellowship of India. Pioneering teams are supported through advice and visits.

 

OPPORTUNITIES

TRAINING

CFH strives for vocational and professional excellence. It envisages growing as an institution where the need for physical and spiritual healing would be met consistently and spontaneously. In keeping with its goal of holistic Christ-centered healing, CFH trains nurses, lab technicians, medical record technicians, nurse anesthetists, home nurses and village-level health workers. Post graduate training for doctors is conducted. (DNB in Family Medicine, General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Rural Surgery and Paediatrics. MD (General Practice) programme of the Tribhuvan University, Nepal and FCAMS of CMAI). Training is imparted with the hope that they would go out and work in needy areas. Medical and Nursing elective students from various parts of the world come for one to three months of exposure and learning.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

A. BOYS’ HOME

A hostel for tribal children that supports 24 children using resources within India.

B. RETREAT AND COUNSELLING CENTERS

There are two retreat centers, one in Oddanchatram and the other in the Pachaloor hills 29 Kms away. The retreat center at Pachaloor is also used for counseling, conferences and group programmes for medical students, nurses and doctors.

C. OUTREACH

Teams are sent to the neighbouring villages and on deputation to other mission hospitals. Doctors visit other medical colleges to meet and encourage medical students, often in collaboration with the Evangelical Medical Fellowship of India. Pioneering teams are supported through advice and visits.


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