Nazarene Hospital Foundation:

2015 Hospital Statistics (Jan-Dec)

Outpatients:

57,599

Admissions:

6,291

Deliveries:

2,214

Minor Surgeries:

962

Major Surgeries:

601

Nutritional Feedings:

9,507

TB Treatments:

300

HIV Treatments:

100

Immunizations:

10,000

Nazarene Hospital at Kudjip in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea is a mission hospital operated by the Church of the Nazarene, serving the people of PNG since 1967.


Our Mission is to care for the sick and needy. We are committed to:

  • Christian holiness
  • Christian compassion
  • Evangelism and discipleship
  • High quality care
  • Training and education
  • Developing leaders
  • Partnering with communities

Nazarene Hospital is one facet of health services provided through Nazarene Health Ministries, the others being the Community Based Health Care Program and Nazarene College of Nursing.
The Hospital provides a full range of services, including:

  • 120 inpatient beds
  • Surgery, Pediatric, Ob/Gyn, and Medical Services
  • 24 Hour Emergency Department
  • Laboratory and X-ray
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary Health Service, including STD, TB, Leprosy, and cervical cancer screening programs.

Primary service area of 150,000 people, 460,000 people in the province, often using Nazarene Hospital.


Staffing

  • 5 Doctors (presently all from USA), including one general surgeon, one pediatrician, and three family physicians
  • 35 Nurses (all PNG nationals)
  • 20 Community Health Workers (similar to Nurse Aides)
  • 7 Laboratory and X-ray staff

Climate

Nazarene Hospital is located in the beautiful Waghi Valley in the Western Highlands.  We enjoy wonderful weather year round.  It is usually clear or partly cloudy in the mornings, warms up through the day, and often rains in the late afternoon or evening.  Temperatures range from lows around 60 degrees to highs in the mid 80s.


Volunteer Physicians Interested in Working at
Kudjip Nazarene Hospital

Please contact Dr. Andy Bennett at andybennett@reachone.com for information.


Frequently Asked Questions

1.   What is the climate like, and what kind of clothes should I bring?

The climate here is incredibly pleasant.  It is around the lower 80¹s in the day, and 60's at night.  Bring a sweater or sweatshirt, as well as rain gear as it often rains in the afternoons.  You can wear scrubs in the hospital, but it is not necessary - whatever is most comfortable for you.  The cultural expectation is that women wear dresses or long skirts at all times, except indoors in your flat or in a missionary home.  You can wear sandals, tennis shoes,  or whatever is most comfortable for you.

flat2.  What are the living accommodations like?

The volunteer doctor's flats (apartments) are small, but more than adequate. The  flats each have a refrigerator, stove, oven, toaster, and a microwave. The laundry room, where you will do your own laundry, is connected to the flats, and your clothesline is in the front yard. Two studio flats and one two-bedroom flat are available.

3.  Is Malaria an issue?

Not really.  There are very few mosquitoes here, so you will not need any repellant unless you are  planning on spending any time on the coast.  However, prophylaxis is recommended but not mandatory. The missionaries here do not take it.

4.  What are the "On-Calls" like?

Depending on how many doctors are here at the time, you will only take 2-3 calls a week, and have several weekends off (though most doctors round on their own patients on the weekend mornings).  The hospital is about a 5 minute walk from the doctor's flats, and the average is about 2-3 phone calls per call night - of course, sometimes more, and sometimes none at all.

5.  Will I have a phone or email access?

Please ask Dr. Andy Bennett for current information.

6. Are there any recreational activities?

basketballWe have a basketball court where the doctors and MK's (missionary kids) often play in the afternoons, and on Saturdays.   If you are a runner, you can also go running  outside of the station, though we don't suggest running alone.   A weight room is available.  Bring a swim suit if you like swimming, because you may have time to go to a beautiful nearby waterfall.

7. What opportunities for worship are there?

There are many. There is a church on the station which is attended by many of the missionaries and hospital staff. The missionaries visit “bush” churches fairly often, and always welcome our volunteers to go with them. There is an English language service on the first Sunday of each month, weekly hospital devotions and a missionary prayer meeting, and volunteers are welcome at all of these.

Things to Buy8.  Do I need to bring my own linens and kitchenware?

There are plenty of sheets and towels provided in your flat, so you do not need to bring your own. You will also have dishes, utensils, and pots and pans provided.

9.   How much money should I bring?

Contact Dr. Andy Bennett for current information.

10.   Hospital Station/Compound Description:

kidsThe station is not large, taking only 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other. Besides the hospital buildings, there is Nazarene College of Nursing, offices for the Nazarene mission, about 10 missionary homes, nursing student dorms, and many houses belonging to PNG national staff. There are many children on the station, both MK's and PNG children. There are around 15 full-time missionaries here, as well as their children. Women may not walk on the station after dark without male escort (which the missionary families happily provide) or walk off of the station alone at any time. We have security guards, but they cannot be everywhere at once.

11.  If I am bringing my "non-medical" spouse, what is there for them to do?

They can be as busy as they choose to be.  There is plenty of work to be done, if they will seek it out.  Some possible examples are organizing and cleaning the store room, teaching the nationals working in the hospital how to use computers, helping to organize the nursing college library, filing, helping in the MK school, helping in the community school, and many more.  There are also lots of PNG children on the station who would love to play with them.

12.  Are there any other guidelines I need to know?

No smoking. No alcohol. Modest, culturally appropriate dress (women wear skirts/dresses). Men and women who are not husband and wife should be careful to avoid any appearance of impropriety, understanding the Papua New Guineans have a stricter understanding of this than most westerners.

13.  What is the primary focus of Kudjip Nazarene Hospital?

The spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is first and foremost a Christian ministry. We treat the sick out of compassion, because of Christ’s example of healing, and to provide an opportunity to bring men, women and children to a saving knowledge of Jesus. About 800 people come to Christ through the ministry of Nazarene Hospital each year.

14.   Do I have to be a Christian or endorse the doctrines of the Church of the Nazarene to volunteer there?

We prefer that our volunteers become actively involved in ministry, that they are willing to pray with patients, or to explain salvation through faith in Jesus when the opportunity arises. Our volunteers have come from a wide variety of denominational and doctrinal backgrounds. Occasionally a doctor who is not a Christian, but who has agreed to abide by our standards of behavior, and has agreed not to oppose our ministry has come as a volunteer. Occasionally they have placed their faith in Jesus for their own salvation while here with us.


The Kudjip Experience:

We have a 30 bed adult medicine ward, a 30 bed surgical ward, a 30 bed pediatric ward, a 12 bed tuberculosis ward, and a 20 bed maternity ward.  We have a labor suite with 3 delivery beds.  We have a nursery with the capacity to be flexible and hold 10 babies.  We have two operating theaters and a minor procedure room.  Our Outpatient Department includes 6 exam rooms and a 5 bed emergency room.  We have both fixed and portable x-ray machines and can do most basic views.  We have two ultrasound machines, which are used by all of our physicians.  Our laboratory facilities include hematology and chemistry, as well as microscopy and blood banking.  Unfortunately, we have no microbiology lab, but we are able to do serological tests for syphilis, Hepatitis B, and HIV. 

Our medical staff presently includes three family physicians, a pediatrician, and a general surgeon.  All are residency-trained and board-certified.  In addition, we frequently have visiting physicians in a variety of specialties. 

Volunteers who come here usually have a wide variety of experiences.  They generally are assigned a portion of one of our inpatient wards. They see those patients on morning rounds and then spend the remainder of their day in the Outpatient Department.  Volunteers in the primary care specialties usually see outpatients along with our staff doctors. Those in more limited specialties usually see referral cases.  Since practicing here can be very different than practicing in more developed countries, we try to make sure that our staff doctors are available to answer questions as needed.  Surgeons usually spend 2 or 3 days a week in the OR.  Many surgical specialists enjoy the chance to scrub with our general surgeon on cases outside their usual experience. 

Primary care doctors commonly do more procedures than they would in their home country.  They often do several thoracentesis and paracentesis, repair complex lacerations, do many I&D’s, and lumbar punctures.  They may do ultrasounds, D&C’s, manual extraction of retained placentas, and closed reductions of various fractures.  Depending on their experience, they may assist in the operating theater, and may perform cesarean sections. 

Most of our volunteers take call.  The primary care doctors take general call in rotation with our staff doctors.  If their skills do not include obstetrics, a staff doctor is assigned back-up duties for OB.  Specialist’s usually make themselves available after hours for emergencies in their specialty’s

Volunteers also have opportunities to teach.  Our staff doctors are always striving to broaden their skills, and usually take advantage of the knowledge of any volunteers that come.  In addition, we often have students or residents here, and volunteers that are here at the same time often get involved in teaching. 

Outside the hospital, volunteers have opportunities to gain an understanding of the people of the Whagi Valley.  They often visit nearby villages, visit with local people and attend cultural events.  Most worship in “bush” churches on some of the Sundays that they are here. There are many interesting hikes in the vicinity of KNH that afford opportunities to see both people and beautiful scenery.  Visitors usually go into the nearby town of Mount Hagen once or twice during their stay. 

In addition, volunteers usually get to know the staff of KNH well.  They are usually invited into the homes of the medical and non-medical missionaries, and are included in activities on the station.  Those with a personal interest in medical missions have opportunities to ask questions of missionaries at various stages of their careers, and to discuss their own plans and aspirations with experienced missionaries.  They also are able to observe how missionaries and their families live, and to gain an understanding of the challenges and the rewards of missionary life.