Just a few months ago, Amrit Koirala joined INF as Hospital Superintendent at Green Pastures Hospital. We asked him a few questions about himself and his hopes for the role.
Tell us a bit about your background:
I was born in Pokhara, but with a troubled childhood I was out of home and far from family from a very early age. I heard the gospel from a Christian family. I’m married, and we have a three-and-a-half year old son, Aarush. When I was a teenager and young adult, I studied in India, including a Medical Laboratory course and a Masters degree in Medical Microbiology at Christian Medical College Vellore. During this time, I worked in a number of mission hospitals in India and have also completed a Diploma in Hospital Administration.
Why were you interested in the role?
We had wanted to come back to Nepal for several years. In the process of exploring Christian organisations, we came into contact with GPH. I have always been passionate about mission hospitals and believe God had been preparing me for this work. When the vacancy was announced I applied, aware that the post would demand commitment and dependence on God. I accepted the role, knowing that the work of INF was initiated by people who were committed and who completely relied on Him.
What do you hope to achieve in the role?
I will consider that I did my part if I lived by INF’s values and if I am able to demonstrate a small fraction of the work that our founders and predecessors demonstrated. I will seek to support the diverse range of people and activities within the hospital so that the hospital as an institution and the staff can flourish and that patients’ needs are addressed in the best possible manner.
How are you and GPH coping with COVID-19 and what changes have occurred?
I feel I have joined GPH at a very confusing time. The situation is changing every day. We make plans and have to remake them. Amidst the confusion, the team has been extremely understanding and supportive. I am encouraged by the support and prayers that we receive from friends across the globe, and I completely trust that God is in control.
The initial days were the most challenging. There was confusion and fear about several issues and it was clear that there was much stress about safety and the future. But it has been a wonderful journey so far to see how supportive and understanding the staff are. We have worked hard to address people’s concerns and staff have been educated on pandemic related matters so there is a really positive attitude. The nurses particularly have done a tremendous job in adjusting to a different inpatient set-up and the medical staff has continued to provide good quality outpatient and inpatient services in the midst of new challenges. Allied health professionals have shown willingness to work outside their comfort zones and administration staff have gone the extra mile to facilitate the work of the hospital.
Are there particular things we can pray for you?
Pray for my journey ahead. Pray that I learn to lean on God, and for our family to be reunited soon [Amrit’s wife and son are still in India]. Please also pray for Green Pastures Hospital, that we continue to shine as a city on a hill.