A few weeks ago a journalist called the hospital and said he would like to interview the director about an award. It was a complete surprise when he told us that this hospital had been awarded the Best Hospital Award from ‘Swasthiya Kabar Patrika”, a monthly health magazine. This is a national award and the selection committee had evaluated various nominated hospitals before deciding that ours was best.
The annual Health Awards ceremony was held at the Everest Hotel in Kathmandu on the evening of Sunday 22nd July and was broadcast live on Nepal TV. It was almost like a mini Oscar awards ceremony! Eight different people received an award to recognize their contribution to specific areas of health in Nepal.
"And the award for the Best Hospital goes to... United Mission Hospital Tansen."
It was a proud moment for Rachel Karrach, as the Tansen Hospital Director, to go up on the stage and receive the award from the Minister of Health on behalf of all the staff at the hospital who work so hard. There was an opportunity for Rachel to say a few words about what makes this hospital different. In her acceptance speech she was able to tell people that our motto is “We serve, Jesus heals”. We want the glory to go to Him for our success, and also give thanks to all the hospital staff, whose faithful service has enabled this hospital to be the best hospital in Nepal.
Many hospital staff and local Tansen people were watching the program on TV and everyone was very excited that our work had been recognized and that this has put our town on the map. It was so encouraging and affirming for the hospital's (and UMN's) almost 60 years of service in Tansen to be recognized and applauded.
For photos of the ceremony, click here.