Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bangkok Christian Hospital- You Witness Brotherhood and Treatmen

Medical tourism in Thailand is booming.I am strictly following Thailand list of hospitals.Private hospitals in Thailand are known for world class treatment.
When the Missionary arrived in Thailand nearly two centuries ago, they traveled to various places for spreading the Words of the Lord and in the mean time they treated the sicks they met. So, the missionaries were called by the name “Moh” which means “Doctor”. At that time, western medicine was new to Thailand, and the missionaries were considered the pioneer of introducing western medicine to this country; and among them, one the the best known figure is Moh Bradley or Dr. Dan Beach Bradley from Marcellus, New York who had arrived in Bangkok in the year 1835 to be the first western physician in various medical fields such as surgery, smallpox vaccination, translation of a Midwifery Textbook, etc. The missionaries had considered the art and science of healing as part of their mission, as Jesus had commanded them to “Heal the Sicks”.

The Presbyterian Mission was set up in Bangkok in the year 1840 and had extended its mission into the country by establishing offices for evangelism together with the healing mission. Medical doctors had set up clinics and gradually had developed into better equipped hospitals.

While in Bangkok area, which had been the founding place of medical missionary, the American Presbyterian Mission and the Church of Christ in Thailand in the post world war two period had together purchased a piece of 11-rai land situated between Silom Road and Surawong Road with several wooden buildings. After planning and remodeling of the existing buildings, the Bangkok Christian Hospital was officially inaugurated by the late Prime Minister on Saturday the 3rd December, 1949.

The hospital under the directorship of Dr. Marshall P. Welles (resides in Duarte, California, age 98 years), the first director, a Presbyterian missionary and surgeon, had been in progress with increasing numbers of patients, so a new 3-storey OPD building on the corner of Silom & Patpong Road was completed and opened on Monday 20th May, 1957 to serve as Out Patient Department, Dentistry, Laboratory, Pharmacy and Chapel. Few years later, with a grant donated by the late Khun Ying Medhadhibodi, an operation suite building was completed and opened by HRH Princess Mother on Friday the 27th January, 1961.

A plan to build a new Inpatient Building was initiated by the late and beloved Director Dr. Prasong Chairatana & Dr. Welles. A gala premiere of the film "Around the World in 80 Days" on Thursday the 13th February, 1958 at Krung Kasem Theatre was intended to raise fund for the new building. Their Majesties the King and Queen had presided over the most auspicious occasion and Their Majesties had given a Royal Grant for the new building. When finally completed, His Majesty the King inaugurated it on Wednesday the 10th November, 1965. This building was named in 1987 as PrasongChairatana Building in memory of the late beloved director.

In 1970, a staff dormitory had been built with a modern kitchen and cafeteria. A 15-storey office building named in honour of the 'Church of Christ in Thailand', was erected on Surawong Road with a 10-storey carpark. Finally in 1981, the 13-storey 'Moh Bradley Building' in honour of the prominent medical pioneer of this country was completed. The Bangkok Christian Hospital had received its great honour when HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn inaugurated the 'Moh Bradley Building' on Monday the 3rd of August, 1987.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Medical Tourism-A Blessing For Patients!

Medical Tourism in Thailand has become a big industry.Medical tourism can be turned into health tourism also.Bangkok hospitals are the best destinations for medical treatment.Thailand has taken tourism and health seriously.

In mid 1958 a much needed addition to the Sanitarium building increased the total bed capacity to 180.  And that same year, H. H. Queen Sirikit of Thailand opened a modern three-storey concrete building for the school of nursing in which there was dormitory space for 120 student nurses, administrative offices, library and classrooms.  This program has subsequently been developed into a degree program offering a BS in Nursing over a period of four years training.  A new administrative building for the nursing training program was opened in 1989 and the administrative section of the original building along with the library and classrooms were transferred to this new building.  Training schools for medical and x-ray technology, anesthesia, and midwifery were conducted at that time but are currently defunct.  Midwifery has been absorbed by the College program and training in x-ray and laboratory are currently run by government and some other private universities. 
New Name. The name Bangkok Adventist Hospital was officially adopted in 1973.  In 1983 a new wing was opened, built into the original hospital building not to increase beds but to expand much needed outpatient, operating room and patient room facilities.  This wing was called the Ralph Waddell Wing.  In 1987, marking the 50th anniversary of the hospital, the Pleng Vitiamalaksna building was opened to provide beds for Obstetric and Pediatrics and to house a new Food and Bakery service along with much needed car parking spaces.
Mission Health Promotion Center. In 1990 on land purchased some years before, a Lifestyle Center called Mission Health Promotion Center capable of housing 60 people was opened in the hamlet of Muak Lek in the Province of Saraburi, in an attempt to institute traditional Seventh-Day Adventist Health Care Philosophy and delivery aimed at Preventive Medicine, designed on the "Sanitarium" concept and NEWSTART Principles.
Clinical Activity:   In 2003 Bangkok Adventist Hospital admitted approximately 6000 patients and treated 180,000 outpatients.  The hospital currently has 410 employees and about 90 medical staff. Besides admitting and treating patients in the hospital, Bangkok Adventist Hospital also runs a Mobile Clinic which is equipped with x-ray unit.  This is also used for charitable medical outreach of the hospital.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mission Hospital- A Hospital With Perfect Vision And Mission!

Thailand has been the destination of medical tourism.Right from the beginning Thailand cares for tourism and health.
Mission Hospital is proud to be one of the first few private hospitals in Thailand to receive Hospital Accreditation (HA).  The HA program is a movement in quality improvement for both public and private hospitals in Thailand.  The fundamentals of this program are patient focus, organizational and multi-disciplinary teamwork, and continuous self-assessment and improvement.
The HA movement arose in 1994 out of the need for a more comprehensive hospital standard.  Hospital standards of the US, Canada, Australia and UK were reviewed and the Thai hospital standard was drafted in 1996.  Thirty-five hospitals from both private and public sectors joined the HA pilot program in order to create model hospitals, fine tune the standards, strengthen the initial team of surveyors, and promote better understanding of the program to the public and healthcare professionals.
In 1999, HA-Thailand carried out the first survey on 4 hospitals.  The survey process was a combination of the Canadian and the US style.  The rating method was based on the European Quality Award, i.e. approach/system design, deployment, assessment and result.  Nine general standards were used – mission and vision, organization, manpower management, education and training, policies and procedures, environment of care, instruments, systems and process, and continuous quality improvement activities and results.
The HA Thailand program, modeled after the Western accreditation systems, has proven to be of high standard.  By the end of 2002, less than 10 private hospitals, among 470 altogether in Thailand, had received the accreditation.  Mission Hospital is honored to be in the top five hospitals that achieved this accreditation.
The HA standards continue to evolve and improve, following the trends in the United States.  In 2004, patient safety has become top priority.  Hospitals now focus on patient identification, high-risk medication alert system, correct surgical site, infusion pumps, medical and drug abbreviations, and prevention of hospital-acquired infections.
Mission Hospital will continue to strive for excellence in quality and service and to do the Right Things Right the First Time.
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Ayuttaya-A Destination For Health Care!

A Peak into the history, a Thailand trip to memory lane with world heritage sites and an abundance of ancient ruins makes this place a major tourist attraction. Ayutthaya has got name from Ayodhya Ayutthaya, an ancient city formally designated Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya was the Thai capital for 417 years. Ayutthaya province is easily reachable due to good road, rail and river connections and its proximity to Bangkok.
Ayutthaya is an island at the confluence of three rivers: the Chao Phraya river, the Lopburi river and the Pa Sak river. As the train station is at the east side off the island, most visitors will need to cross the river by ferry boat. Navigating your way around the island is not particularly hard: U Thong Rd is a ring road that circumvents the island completely.
Just to the south, in perfect condition, stands the royal palace of Bang Pa-in set in splendid gardens. The province is also noted for H.M. the Queens Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre. The extensive ruins and the historical records demonstrate that Ayutthaya was one of Southeast Asia's most prosperous cities. Medical tourism in Thailand is in full bloom.Thailand is caring a lot about tourism andd health.Plastic surgeons of Thailand are well known in the west.
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Medical Tourism Guide for Health Care