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Global Hospital Suggests Ways to Bring Smiles to More Faces in 2014
30 December 2013 - A Letter from Dr. Pratap
Greetings for a happy, healthy, peaceful & prosperous New Year! At this auspicious time for making new resolutions, we pledge to serve a greater number of patients in 2014, bringing smiles to more faces.
Your invaluable support has brought us so far our journey. We are proud of our association with you, of having you as our friend and wellwisher. Today we solicit your support for translating into action our goals for 2014. May we request you to please consider sponsoring any of these options, as inspires you, through our website or by direct bank transfer:
1. Sponsor the treatment of a poor victim of trauma
J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mt Abu, and its extension hospital at Abu Road, Radha Mohan Mehrotra Global Hospital Trauma Centre, both treat road traffic victims and patients suffering trauma as a result of accidents at the workplace or at home. Many of these patients hail from low income backgrounds, such as a mother who suffers burns because the stove malfunctioned, a child who falls off a tree while cutting off a branch for wood or a youth bitten by a snake while tending to cattle. Sponsor the treatment of a trauma patient for Rs 6750 or US$ 110
2. Sponsor eye surgery for a poor patient
Rajasthan has a high incidence of cataract caused blindness, possibly because of its desert climate and harsh sun. Equally prevalent are other eye diseases requiring surgical intervention such as glaucoma. Ophthalmic surgeons at J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mt Abu, and its extension hospital at Abu Road, Global Hospital Institute of Ophthalmology, operate on adult as well as juvenile cataract cases. Their timely interventions have saved many villagers from losing their sight. Sponsor the treatment of one eye patient for Rs 2500 or US$ 40
3. Sponsor the meals served to poor patients
Economically underprivileged patients are treated for no charge at J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mt Abu. Sponsorships help cover the cost of meals served to such free hospital admissions. This option covers the cost of one day's meals served to all the patients admitted in the hospital for free. Sponsor the cost of meals of patients admitted to the general ward on any one day for Rs 5000 or US$ 80
4. Sponsor the cost of a dialysis for a poor patient
Patients with kidney failure step into J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mt Abu, for periodical dialysis. Incidentally, the hospital and its extension branch at Abu Road are the only health establishments to offer dialysis in the district. The cost of getting a dialysis is a major burden for patients from economically less privileged backgrounds. Sponsor the cost of a dialysis for Rs 2000 or US$ 33
5. Sponsor the cost of nutritional support for a tuberculosis patient
Field workers attached to J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre's community outreach services periodically screen suspect cases of tuberculosis. Patients found to be suffering from tuberculosis (both this father and his son were found to have tuberculosis) are not only provided medication (which the government supplies for free) but also nutritional support to boost their immunity for a speedy recovery. Sponsor the cost of nutritional support for a tuberculosis patient for Rs 1020 or US$ 16
6. Sponsor the delivery charges of a poor pregnant woman
Women from economically less privileged backgrounds step into J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mt Abu, for deliveries in case of complications. Most of these women receive significant concessions on their bills. Sponsor the delivery charges of a poor pregnant woman for Rs 3500 or US$ 56
7. Sponsor a screening programme to identify cleft lip/palate surgery beneficiaries
J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mt Abu, partners the Smile Train to provide cleft lip and palate reconstruction surgery to needy children. Whereas the Smile Train covers the cost of hospitalising these cases and operating on them, the hospital bears the costs of conducting outreach programmes at distant locations to identify these beneficiaries. Sponsor the cost of one such screening programme. Some cleft patients need financial support to travel back to the hospital for follow up visits. A second option is to sponsor the travel costs of cleft patients for follow up visits. Sponsor a screening programme for cleft lip/palate surgery beneficiaries for Rs 25000 or US$ 400. Sponsor the travel costs of cleft patients for Rs 2000 or US$ 32
8. Sponsor a screening programme for cataract surgery beneficiaries
J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mt Abu, partners the Government of India to provide cataract surgery to needy villagers. Whereas the government covers part of the cost of hospitalising these cases and operating on them, the hospital meets the costs of outreach programmes at distant locations to identify beneficiaries. Sponsor the cost of one such screening programme. Sponsor a screening programme for cataract surgery beneficiaries for Rs 25000 or US$ 400
Once again, Happy New Year 2014!
International Healthcare Dialogue/Retreat
15-21 September 2013
STILL POINT · TURNING WORLD
Exploring the Integration of Spirituality in Healthcare
The fourth meeting of the international Still Point-Turning World Retreat was held in India at the Academy for a Better World Complex of the Brahma Kumaris at Gyan Sarovar, Mount Abu, in Rajasthan. One hundred and twelve guests attended from 13 countries.
Previously Still Point-Turning World Retreats were held in the USA, Australia and the UK. Guests from all over the world were invited to the meeting in India. The retreat's programme balanced a fluid structure responsive to the needs of the guests. The organising team created the structures and format, but it was the guests who, by and large, created the content. This emerged through discussion in pairs, small and large group work, and was stimulated by creative activity (poetry writing, musical interludes, drawing and journaling) with periods of silence, reflection, visualisation and meditation.
Values in Healthcare: A Spiritual Approach
12 April 2013
Workshop on Building Resilience for Raphael Centre, St John of God Healthcare, Leura NSW
Seven members of the Maternal and Child Mental Health team at the Raphael Centre, St John of God Healthcare attended a team building workshop at the Centre for Spiritual Learning, Leura which included an introduction to VIHASA and a session on Building Resilience.
5 May 2013
VIHASA Planning Meeting, Ashfield NSW
A small meeting was held to discuss ways of promoting VIHASA and growing its use and implementation in NSW.
31 May – 2 June 2013
Lifting your Spirits Retreat, Wilton NSW
Thirty-six healthcare professionals from Australia and New Zealand from a wide variety of backgrounds including Psychologists, Counselors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Nurses, General Practitioners, Neurologist, Osteopaths and Natural Therapists attended this workshop facilitated by Dr Raksha Balbadhur from South Africa. It was a vibrant group who learnt many new spiritual skills for maintain the work/life balance. Gina Stanton, Coordinator of VIHASA in NSW, ran a session on the Sunday introducing VIHASA and the Building Resilience module.
21 – 23 June 2013
Leura, NSW, Weekend Retreat - Positivity Module
Ten healthcare professionals including psychologists, registered nurses, natural therapists, pathologist and physiotherapists were introduced to the Positivity Module by facilitators Gina Stanton (Registered Nurse, Midwife and Addictions Counselor), Bronwyn Reid (Physiotherapist) and Stephen Berkeley (Healthcare Manager). A supportive and nurturing atmosphere was created by the facilitators who encouraged the participants to create a great mind-map outlining the benefits of positivity.
8 September 2013, Ashfield NSW
"Building Resilience Workshop"
Seven healthcare professionals including Registered Nurses, General Practitioner, Physiotherapists and a Psychotherapist attended this follow-up workshop for those who had previously attended VIHASA programs in NSW. The participants came up with some great definitions of Resilience including "Resilience is like cartilage, it is a capability that serves as a shock absorber when there is tension or pressure". A rich and deep dialogue on the qualities and actions that characterize resilience uncovered the importance of self awareness in maintaining perspective in challenging situations and regular reflection and debriefing with team or peers to share feelings.
16 September 2013
Compassionate Care Workshop, Sydney NSW
VIHASA Facilitator Stephen Berkeley had the opportunity to give something back to the medical team at the Department of Gastroenterology at Concord Hospital Sydney from whom he had been receiving treatment for the last 12 months. Dr Alice Lee, Gastroenterologist Department at Concord Hospital invited Stephen to facilitate a workshop on Compassionate Care as a way of introducing VIHASA. The workshop was well received and the team members commented that they had never stopped to consider or acknowledge how much of their care was actually "compassionate". They appreciated the introduction to meditation and compassionate listening and how these tools could be used to bring more balance in their work lives. Stephen said "it was very touching to be able to give something back to the team that had given me so much care and attention over the last 12 months".
13-15 December 2013, VIHASA retreat at Centre for Spiritual Learning, Leura
March 2014 Facilitator Training, Centre for Spiritual Learning, Leura