After the Nepali King opened the country to foreigners in the 1950s, an American physician, Dr Stanley Sturges and family opened a small clinic in the town of Banepa. A 20-bed hospital was then opened in 1960. For many years, this hospital was the only presence for the SDA church in a country that is dominated by the Hindu/Buddhist religions.
Centura Health, now AdventHealth Rocky Mountain Region, began a partnership with Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital in 2006. Teams traveled from Colorado to Nepal twice a year to perform free surgeries for women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse. Additional surgical missions have included orthopedic and general surgery team. In addition, a train-the-trainer program called Helping Babies Survive was initiated in 2017 which employs local trainers that are supported through AdventHealth.
Administrative support has made a significant impact on the hospital in recent years, with monthly calls and consultations on various areas including management, strategic planning, finance, HR, IT, nursing and physician leadership. A master plan for the campus was also developed, and the purchase of new equipment for surgery, ICU, NICU and patient wards have made a significant impact on the quality of care received a Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital. Additional funding was provided to move the hospital’s nursing school to provide more patient care spaces.