Nazareth Hospital, Shillong, Meghalaya is a health care institution of the Archdiocese of Shillong, managed by the Sisters of the Holy Cross (Northern Province) and is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (No.4 of 1967-1968). Founded in 1959, the hospital and its facilities are at the service of all, irrespective of caste, creed and race. The hospital is administered by a duly constituted Governing Body.
Nazareth Hospital was started as an outpatient treatment center in the year 1959 and in 1965 the hospital grew into a 60 bedded hospital with OPD, Pharmacy and Laboratory facilities. In 1967, ten more beds were added to the existing number and in 1971, due to the increased demand added another 50 beds, making it 120 beds. The Community Health Program, which started in 1970, included Maternal and Child Health, Health Education and Immunization programs. The school of nursing was started in 1979. A new multi-story block was opened in 1997 with the help of MISEREOR, Germany. With this new block the bed strength was increased to 350.2014 A new pediatric ward opened with all the facilities for the children and the bed strength increased to 425.
The Hospital has had steady growth over the years and at present it has the status of a referral hospital for the State of Meghalaya. Today the hospital has 375 beds and has well functioning departments of General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Neonatology, Radiology, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, Guidance and Counseling, Community Health, ICTC, Infection Control, C.T. Scan, Physiotherapy, Ultrasound, Endoscopy, Dialysis, T.M.T, Laparoscopic Surgeries and Intensive Critical Care Unit. The outpatient department functions Monday through Saturday. The 24-hour Emergency unit receives 100 to 120 patients per day. Radio imaging, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Blood Bank, and Information desk services are available around the clock for in-door and out-door patients.
“To Love, To Serve & To Heal”
Nazareth hospital, Meghalaya is designated for the benefit of persons, operated in a spirit of human kindness, and the love of god. Nazareth Hospital believes that all patients, personnel, professional staff, volunteers and guests are to be treated with dignity and due respect as human beings. Nazareth Hospital seeks to respond to the needs of the community in a positive manner, knowing that it has been commissioned by Christ to carry on what He began. Nazareth Hospital endeavors to be sensitive to the health care needs of the people and its role. It doesn’t confine itself to the activities performed within its walls, but listens and responds to the many communities it serves.
Aims and Objectives
- To ensure that all patients admitted to the hospital or treated in the emergency, the out patient’s department and in the rural health clinic receive the best possible care.
- To establish and implement rules and regulations for governing the behavior of the medical staff.
- To help to establish and maintain high professional and ethical standards.
- To provide a forum for discussion and resolution of administrative, medical and legal problems faced by the medical staff with the Administration and Governing Body of the hospital.
- To employ people who are qualified and have a keen desire to serve with dedication within the philosophy of the hospital.
- To provide opportunities for professional and personal growth through in-service training and continuing education for its employees to fit them better to do their job.
- To try to encourage self-training so that promotions could be made from existing personnel.
- To provide security of employment to its personnel.
- To attempt to organize the work schedule in such a way that the hours of work and schedules of work may be as convenient to the individual as is compatible with good care for the patient.
- To pay its employees as close to the prevailing rate stated by the state pay as is possible and still to maintain a financially viable hospital to serve the people.
- To keep in mind always that its relations with its employees shall be as far as possible free from bias and discrimination.
The Quality Policy of Nazareth Hospital is “To provide employment and service of all, without discriminating against anyone due to race, sex, religion and financial status”.
Socio Economic Background
The target population of Nazareth Hospital is all the people those who are in need of health care and service irrespective of caste, creed or economic status. But the poor people are given special considerations by way of very low rates and further concessions and the quality of treatment is not depending on their social or financial status. The trust is committed to make available quality treatment to the common man.