Tansen hospital was established in 1954, when the United Mission was permitted to start work in Nepal. Tansen hospital was the first place where medical care was given. Up till then the Nepali people had to go to India for medical care.
At present the hospital has 169 beds, staffed with 257 medical and 159 supporting staff. Daily an average of 300 outpatients visit the hospital. Common diseases are infections (meningitis typhoid, gastroenteritis, TB, HIV and parasites), chronic lung disease, alcoholism, heart disease, diabetes, injuries, malnutrition and pregnancy complications.
United Mission Hospital, Tansen (UMHT) is an acute care general hospital situated in Tansen, Palpa District. UMHT is a referral hospital for Palpa and surrounding districts. The Mission of the Hospital is to promote health, prevent illness and treat disease among the people of Palpa and surrounding districts, by providing high-quality health care at the level of a zonal hospital in the Name and Spirit of Jesus Christ, irrespective of colour, caste, creed, gender or financial status and to make Him known in word and deed.
The United Mission Hospital, Tansen is committed to helping its staff to develop their full potential. UMHT is also a training hospital with a clear mission to train up medical nursing and paramedical professionals both for the immediate needs of the Hospital and for wider service in Nepal.
Tansen hospital was awarded the title “best hospital Nepal” in 2012, is fully non-governmental and is part of the activities run by UMN in Nepal. As a matter of fact, the government has requested UMN to continue its role and involvement, instead of handing it over to the state, as proposed by UMN. In 2015, a new agreement for the next five years was signed with the Government of Nepal. The vision is to grow the capacity of the hospital to 250 beds over a 5-year period as, at this point, patients still need to be turned away when all the spaces on the floor have been filled.
The team of anywhere between 10 to 20 expatriates, in an otherwise all Nepali-staffed hospital, has been able to make a remarkable difference in the quality of health care and the education of Nepali physicians over its 55 years of existence.
The budgeted running expense for the fiscal year from July year 2013-July 2014 is NRs 230,340.000 (USD 2,303,400) and capital expenditure is estimated at NRs 39,809,000 (USD 398,090). The capital expenditure will only be spent if revenue covers first the running expenses. The experience over the last 10 years shows that the hospital manages to cover these expenses. Roughly 80% of the patients are able to pay.
Salaries make up roughly 55 % of the budget, medical supplies and consumables about 25%. Thus approximately 80% of cost is directly “medical”. The hospital fees have been increased by about 10 % p.a.