Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Change of address

More than two years after the project began and about nine months after the dedication, we have finally changed addresses.  The address is actually still the same P.O. Box in Mt. Hagen, but we have now officially moved across the road to our brand new beautiful hospital!!!

The morning began with usual ward rounds, but you could feel the excitement in the air.  We finished our rows of patients around 9 AM and orders were written for transfer to the new hospital.  

Each patient was given a name band designating where he or she was coming from and going to.  The watchmen gathered up bedding and other belongings.  A nurse escorted patients to the new ward.  Missionaries, chaplains, nursing students, cleaners, off-duty nurses and other hospital staff followed behind carrying beds, rolling IV poles and oxygen concentrators, and toting all of the other supplies needed for patient care.  By 11:30 AM, every patient had been moved to the new facility, vital signs were taken, and the nurses began passing out medications.

What a fun day!  The moving process was amazingly smooth with just a wee bit of chaos.  Wow, we have a great team here.  Patients and staff were easily settled into their new hospital home.  The wards are full of windows that make them bright and airy.  Everything is so clean, for now!  It is a wonderful improvement over the dark and dinginess of the old buildings.  There is plenty of space, and even some extra beds.  The staff were full of smiles, and I am pretty sure the patients had fun too.

There was one old papa who was particularly cute.  The nurses were convinced that he kept making up illnesses so that he could stay in the hospital long enough to be moved to the new building.  He gave me a "thumbs up" for his picture.  I must admit, he looks pretty good to me!  I wonder if he will be feeling better tomorrow, of if he might like to stay around for a bit?
For more pictures of this exciting time, check out my photo album of the new and improved Kudjip Haussik!

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
~ 2 Peter 3:13

1 comment:

  1. We are smiling as we read the news! God is so good....we will continue to pray.