By Dr. Phil McDaniel
The Kwai River Christian Hospital welcomes young and old, rich and poor from many ethnic and language backgrounds. Thai, Sgaw Karen, Pwo Karen, Burmese, Mon, Lao, and Chinese patients come to the hospital for treatment.
KRCH doctors, nurses, nurse aids, pharmacists, receptionists, and cleaners all speak at least two languages. Some speak three or four. Dora, the longest serving employee, speaks five! The patients themselves often speak two or more languages. Between the languages that the patient speaks and the languages the staff speaks, we can usually find a match and communication can begin.
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