Luke, the Physician... a reasonable icon for a mission hospital. Except sickness and death take no holidays, and we will be even more short-staffed than usual. Patients like little Norah, who needs a chest tube, and patients like Kennedy, who needs an MRI, and patients like Joan, who needs more debridement of her burns, will suffer because of administrative decisions that may pacify hospital employees but will make no sense whatsoever for hospital patients.
We have a plethora here of western-inspired mission statements, vision statements and computerized forms. We have a dearth of money, medications and functional computers -- much less trained, motivated clinical and clerical staff. It is a challenge to provide even marginal patient care. And Wednesday will be Mashujaa/Heroes' Day, formerly Kenyatta Day, which remains a national holiday.
Let us pray.