Baptist Christian Hospital

BCH Receives Grant to Build Nursing College

Each of EHA’s six nursing schools is working to enhance their programs and facilities per the requirements of the Indian Nursing Council (INC). The INC wants all nursing programs to upgrade to the more demanding Bachelor of Science degree, requiring significant changes in lab spaces, equipment, teaching facilities, and student housing.

Baptist Christian Hospital (BCH) in Tezpur, Assam, is thrilled to be receiving a $1.2-million grant from the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad organization. BCH will break ground on their new buildings in March 2023 and hopes to complete the expansion in 2024. This new nursing college will allow more local young people to study nursing at BCH and ensure a better future for themselves and their families.

BCH Celebrates the Inauguration of
Shekinah Nurses Hostel

Baptist Christian Hospital’s School of Nursing is thrilled to announce the opening of their new building. The recently completed facilities will provide housing for their student nurses.

This expansion will allow BCH to better educate their students and bring more quality nurses into EHA hospitals. Dr. Sushil and Mrs. Florence Sethi contributed generously toward this construction project and are pictured to the left.

Many of EHA’s seven nursing schools desperately need more facility space in order to run a quality educational program. If you feel led to give toward this need, click here to go to EHA’s donation page, and select Nursing Education Fund in the drop-down menu.

Miracle Baby Survives and Thrives

A tiny baby was brought over 125 miles to Baptist Christian Hospital, an enormous distance for this very poor couple to travel. Born over three months early, she weighed a mere 2 pounds. Upon their arrival, the medical officer immediately noticed her diminutive size, and he could hardly believe the parents’ story. This helpless infant had been denied admission at every hospital they had stopped at along the way. Baptist Christian Hospital was their last hope.

The odds of a baby’s survival increase as the pregnancy progresses, and even an extra week in the womb can make a big difference. The survival rate for this infant was about 50 percent with the best care possible. While the staff at Baptist Christian Hospital did not have incubators, mechanical ventilators, preterm nutrition, or a pediatric surgeon, they were determined to do the best they could for this child. The baby was kept warm in the nursery for ten days. Her mother was taught “kangaroo care,” a method of caring for premature babies in which infants are held skin-to-skin by a parent for as much of the day as possible. Initially the baby was given only IV fluids; later, she transitioned to feeding via a tube in her nose. Her weight initially dropped during her time in the hospital, but by the time she went home, she had begun to gain again. After ten days, the parents wanted to take her home because they were daily wage earners and had no income coming in.

The baby was brought back in to the hospital for a checkup in a month, and her weight had increased to four pounds. Since she now had the strength, the mother was told to begin breastfeeding the baby. The staff was thrilled at the health of the child. Because the parents could not afford to pay for the hospital stay, the whole bill was written off. This sort of largess is possible because of generous supporters like you.

Staff Spotlight on Dr. Koshy George

When he was 13 years old, Koshy George decided to go into medicine. His uncle, a mission doctor in Kerala, was his inspiration. Koshy was impacted greatly by watching him remain peaceful as he awoke at odd hours to attend to patients. Sometimes, his uncle took him on walks and they talked about the challenges faced by the poor. Because of these conversations, he knew becoming a mission doctor was for him.

His introduction to the Emmanuel Hospital Association came through his wife, Lydia John. They studied together at the Christian Medical College of Vellore in South India. She was the only person Koshy knew who had actually enjoyed her two years of work at a mission hospital because she served with EHA. Koshy’s experience in South India wasn’t as positive, and he became disillusioned by the corruption in the system. After Koshy and Lydia got married, he joined her at EHA and soon realized it was the best place to work.

Since 2001 the couple has served at three different EHA facilities, and they are now in Tezpur where Koshy is managing director of Baptist Christian Hospital. The leadership role has forced him to learn a lot about management, and develop skills in handling people of different temperaments. Inevitably, he has faced challenges with stress and conflict management, with encouraging others to take up responsibility, and with supporting them as they learn from their mistakes. To Koshy, it is crucial that the whole team grow in God and learn to lean on Him rather than trust their own reasoning and understanding.

More broadly, Koshy has found EHA’s leaders focused on God and His purposes for their lives. This gives the organization a unified direction. There is transformation among the staff when they realize that they are part of a large family building the Kingdom of God by reaching the poor and marginalized. Each hospital’s opportunities are unique to its area, and in Tezpur they have seen God open and close doors for various projects and ideas in His time.

The impact on the community and its people is tremendous. They know they are touching the lives of otherwise forgotten people, and they bring the love of God to them in a way that makes a real difference in the care they provide. There is transformation, restoration, and renewed hope in the lives of both the community and the hospital staff. The joy that comes from this surpasses anything that money can buy!

Your support of EHA allows nearly 200 doctors like Koshy George to freely share and demonstrate the love of Christ to the poor of North India. Every dollar given to support EHA’s doctors is another dollar released to provide care for the thousands of penniless patients who otherwise would go without medical attention.

Surgery Brings Relief

In the United States, we take our medical care and the accessibility of medical information for granted. In India, the poor often have little access to medical care and even less understanding regarding their medical conditions. One 30-year-old man was sure he was dying.

Ismail came to Baptist Christian Hospital with an excruciating pain on the right side of his back. His local doctor’s treatment had accomplished nothing. After examination, it was decided that Ismail needed surgery to remove a stone lodged in his ureter. Now he is well and at peace. “I am relieved now. I thought with the pain I would end up losing my life. I thought I had a major illness, but the doctors and nurses here explained my problem clearly to me, and now I am happy my operation is done.”

About Baptist Christian Hospital

Baptist Christian Hospital (BCH) was established by the Baptist General Conference in Tezpur, Assam. They began in 1952 as a dispensary and have grown into a fully functioning hospital. Incorporated into EHA in 2004, BCH now strives to provide the highest quality care possible at an affordable cost to the communities of the districts of Sonitpur, Nagaon, Darrang, and Lakhimpur of Assam, as well as neighboring districts from the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

Baptist Christian has an impressive array of facilities and departments, including open and laparoscopic surgery, ob/gyne, pediatrics, ophthalmology, pathology, digital x-ray, CT scans, ultrasound, endoscopy, and ECG. They offer specialty work in the areas of urology, cardiology, infertility, neurology, and orthopedics. BCH has an extensive outpatient department and a 24-hour emergency department and pharmacy. Another area they emphasize is education. They have a nursing school as well as offering training in para-medical studies, health administration, and finance.

Desiring to impact the community, BCH has developed several programs to aid those around them. Fighting malaria, especially in children, is one of their missions. They work with schools and churches to teach kids about their health and how mosquito nets as well as fogging and spraying help reduce the incidence of malaria. Another group BCH reaches out to is the disabled. They strive to help people with all different kinds of disabilities achieve their full potential and lead healthy, safe, and fulfilling lives with dignity.

Their goals for the future include developing the hospital as the referral center of the region, providing medical education, and encouraging leadership development and community outreach. They want to be known for focusing on the poor and marginalized, giving high quality care with a holistic approach, and being people of integrity. They are committed to developing their staff, providing medical training, and being a learning- and growth-oriented organization which partners with like-minded agencies.