Siddhi Memorial Hospital; a community hospital for women and children
Siddhi Memorial Health Service Center (SMHSC) was established in 1993 at Barahisthan, Bhaktapur which expanded in 1997, becoming the Siddhi Memorial Hospital for women and children. With the moral and monetary assistance from its supporters, SMH has grown into a complex consisting of two single floor buildings and three multi-level buildings in Bhimsensthan, ward no. 7 – Bhaktapur. Starting from 10 beds, it has since expanded to fifty. The hospital now offers emergency care, a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), dental, inpatient and outpatient services, as well as birthing center, family planning and gynecological operation theater services. Diagnostic services such as laboratory, x-ray and ultrasound imaging are also available. The recently started PICU and NICU are providing intensive care for increasing numbers of critically ill pediatric patients.
Since its establishment, the hospital has gained overwhelming popularity as a provider of much needed first aid facilities and primary care to women and children at an affordable cost. SMH is committed to offering quality, accessible health services, and is continuously striving to improve its care to community members. The hospital caters its services towards women and children with lower socio-economic status, and provides essential medicine and treatment free of cost if the family is unable to pay. As a non-governmental, non-profit organization, it has won the confidence of its benefactors both from Nepal and internationally. The hospital currently employs more than 130 staff members in clinical and administrative positions. On a daily basis, the hospital sees around one hundred children and women in the out-patient department and thirty children in the pediatric emergency department.