Malaysia | Southern Asia-Pacific Division (IAD)
During these trying moments of the pandemic, Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) took time to reach out to the needy in our community; emulating what our founder, Dr. J Earl Gardner, was called to do: to serve the community. Just as many other sectors, the healthcare industry is very much affected by this pandemic. PAH is not spared. Despite the adversity, our patients, their family members and our staff’s safety remains as our top priority. Our Charity team had the opportunity to reach out to the needy in our community by distributing more than 3,000 boxes of wholesome cooked food, over 900 loaves of Adventist wholegrain bread, and 500 Care Packs to 1672 low income and needy families in our community. As we stand together in combating this global epidemic, Adventist Bakery had delivered 500 freshly baked items and we played our part by loaning two units of ventilators to Penang General Hospital. Our Chaplaincy department was on hand to offer psycho-social-spiritual support to the patients, their families, and not forgetting all our PAH staff, who have continued to work tirelessly. Accepting prayer requests and preparing soothing pipe-in music within the hospital to alleviate anxiety for all listeners were among some initiatives put in place. We are blessed and thankful that God has been with us in every step of the way. I praise Him for His strength in all things. It is not easy but let us choose to see blessings in the midst of this pandemic. —Dr. Thomas Tean, COO, Penang Adventist Hospital.