Christian Hospital Chhatarpur is A 150 bedded hospital situated in the District at North East border of Madhya Pradesh. The District is touched by Mahoba District (Uttar Pradesh) in the East, Tikamgarh (M.P.) in the West and Sagar (M.P.) in the South East.
The district has a Government District Hospital, 4 Community Health Centers, 8 Primary Health Centers, 186 Sub Health Centers and 45 Sectors.
The nearest Railway Station is situated at Harpalpur on the Jhansi-Manikpur line and an Airport is situated at Khajuraho.
The climate of Chhatarpur district is mostly dry. Usually the summer starts from the beginning of March and lasts up to July. The winter is very comfortable even though it lasts for a short time. In the middle of summer the temperature goes up to 45 - 48 Degrees Celsius, which is the worse time for the people here.
Christian Hospital Chhatarpur was started in the year 1930 as “THE ELIZABETH JANE BELL STEPHENSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL”, and was made possible by a gift from Catharine S.Stalker and Dr. Jennie Stephenson. Catharine Stalker was a prominent board member of the Friends Foreign Missionary Society, which was instrumental in sending out Deilia Fistler and Esther Baird, pioneer missionaries to Chhatarpur and Nowgong. The Hospital thus was opened first as a women and children’s general Hospital.
In an auspicious ceremony held on the 26th Jan. 1931, Col. Tyrell the British Government’s physician for all of Bundelkhand formally opened the hospital. The first doctor was Dr. Ruth Hull and Nurse Alena Calkins. Later, Dr. Grace Jones (Singh), an Indian and other nurses were joined our staff were all kept busy with many Medical, Obstetrical, Surgical and Pediatrics cases.
One of the purposes of starting this hospital in Chhatarpur was to provide a place to train orphan girls. So, Alena Calkins started a nursing training school affiliated with the National Council of Churches’ – Mid India Board of Examiners for mission nurses, which is today popularly known as MIBE. In Feb.1949, Dr. Devol and his wife Frances Devol arrived in Chhatarpur to take up the challenging medical work at the hospital, which was by now a very busy general hospital.
On 7th may 1957, Dr. Mategaonkar, an Indian doctor who graduated from CMC Vellore, joined the hospital. He raised the bed strength to 85 beds. On 17th April 1974, after 26 years of services in India and Nepal, Dr. and Mrs. Devol returned to USA.
On the 7th May 1982, Dr. Mategaonkar completed 25 years of glorious service in Chhatarpur and after securing a replacement Dr. Anne Cherian, left in April 1983 to take up another job in Nagpur. The leadership passed on to Dr. Samson Retnaraj who continued till the beginning of 2000. In 2000 June, the ANM School was upgraded to a General Nursing and Midwifery Diploma Training by the provisional permission of MIBE.
As a member hospital, CHC shares the EHA vision of “Fellowship for transformation through caring” and their mission:
EHA is a fellowship of Christian institutions and individuals that exists to transform communities through caring, with the primary emphasis on the poor and marginalized.
We care through:
As a unit of Emmanuel Hospital Association the management of the hospital is centrally directed by EHA through a well-constituted administrative structure comprising of an Executive Committee and a Regional Administrative Committee. This hospital is listed under the northern region of EHA. In the unit level, the day- to-day management is vested on the Unit Management Committee (UMC).
Christian Hospital Chhatarpur is a 150-bed, full-service healthcare facility that has been providing compassionate care to our community for more than 80 years. Services include maternity services, general medicine, critical care, outpatient services, dental services, eye services, pediatrics and surgical services. We also have a GNM training nursing school and community health development projects.
The Community Health and Development Project known as the Prerana Project, refers to the initiative of Christian Hospital Chhatarpur, undertaken to improve health and living conditions of the surrounding communities. The community outreach work started in the district in 1975 with mobile clinics and health education activities in 4 villages of Isanagar block and gradually increased the coverage and activities. In the late 80s community ophthalmic services were included in the program. Later in the 90s the community organization and community mobilization activities were included in the programme.
The project has implemented integrated health and development projects in 40 villages from 4 development blocks of Chhatarpur (Chhatarpur, Nowgong, Rajnagar and Badamalhara) in phased manners. The projects such as Tele-clinic Project, Community Health Equity Fund (Health Finance Project), Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Project, Mainstreaming disability through disability inclusive organic farming project, Axshay India TB Project, and Palliative Care Project.
Now the Prerana project aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality in three blocks of Chhattarpur district through community level activities designed to promote better home based care and utilization of available health services by increasing awareness and adding quality of government primary health care services, as well as strengthening the services available at the Christian Hospital Chhatarpur.
It was noticed that one of the most prevalent problems we were having was the high number of patients presenting to the hospital who were involved in deliberate harm to self. To address this need, we planned to start a rehabilitation program for them which was community based. The aim is to train a group of community health officers who are project co- coordinators in the art of science of counseling and send them to the community to follow up these patients and help them in coping with life’s problems. Once this project is underway, we hope to start a de-addiction center here as well, because, there is a huge problem with substance abuse in this part of the country.
We have also started a well-baby clinic and along with this we have also started a physiotherapy and rehabilitation service that we are offering our patients. But this is at a very small level right now.
Our aim is to develop a de-addiction center, complete with residential facility for patients and adequate counselors. Also, to build up a robust rehabilitation program this is fully functional at the hospital level and also at the community level.
We intend to build up a network of local churches in the area of Bundelkhand and start training them in the Word and also teach them some basic medical skills. For this we intend to start the CHLTC program.
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists
Psychiatrists and psychological counselors.
Christian Hospital, Chhatarpur, is a vibrant community and gives full freedom to doctors and staff to learn and hone their skills as well as develop any new service for patients that they feel is capable of being beneficial to the patient and community at large.
Otherwise, we have a robust and fully functioning ICU, labour room, and OT. Our emergency room is always busy and there are numerous procedures to learn and a wide variety of cases to learn from. Besides the complicated labour cases that most mission hospitals thrive on, we have variety of infections, and myocardial infarctions and various types of poisonings and bites that should be a critical care physician’s dream.
Postal Address: Christian Hospital Chhatarpur, Mahoba Road, Chhatarpur Dist, Madhya Pradesh 471001
Telephone: Office – 07682244311 Managing Director (Mr. Jone Wills) – 09685902333
Medical Superintendent (Dr. Shalom Patole) - 07223057101
The nearest Domestic Airport is Khajuraho Airport, roughly 45 minutes’ drive from Chhatarpur. It is well connected to a spectrum of cities like Varanasi, Delhi and Agra. The nearest International Airport is Bhopal Airport, roughly six-hour drive from Chhatarpur. Frequent Flights to various national and international destinations take off from here.
The nearest Railway Station is Khajuraho Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Madhya Pradesh. It is well connected to the cities such as Delhi, Gwalior and Agra.
The nearest Railway Station connected to the major cities of other states is Jhansi, around 125 kms from Chhatarpur.
Khajuraho: It is one of the most famous tourist places having the largest collection of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, prominent for their erotic sculptures by Chandale kings. The temples are made up of sandstone and have its own charm among locals as well as tourists visiting Chhatarpur.
Panna Tiger Reserve: Situated in the Vindhya mountain range in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh, Panna Tiger Reserve is spread over the Panna and Chhatarpur districts. The terrain here consists of extensive plateaus and gorges.
Flowing from the south to the north through the reserve is the River Ken. These forests along with Ken Gharial Sanctuary form a significant part of the catchment area of this river. This river is one of the sixteen perennial rivers of Madhya Pradesh. It is the lifeline of this reserve and is the least polluted of Yamuna’s tributaries. The path of the meandering Ken offers some spectacular scenery. The reserve is also dotted with two-thousand-year-old rock paintings.
Pandav Falls: -Situated on a tributary of the Ken River, Pandav Falls is one of the central attractions in the region. It is regarded as one of the very beautiful waterfalls in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Raneh Falls:- Named after King Rane Pratap, the erstwhile ruler of the region, Raneh waterfalls is a real treat to the eyes. A natural water fall on the confluence of Ken and Khuddar River, it is located in the Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh. The cascading waterfall is quite scenic and is surrounded by wonderful rock formations. Raneh falls are about 20 km from Khajuraho, and are located just where the Ken Gharial Sanctuary begins.
The river forms a 5 km long and 30 metres deep canyon, the main attraction at Raneh waterfalls, through which there are series of waterfalls. The canyon is made of pure crystalline granite in varying shades of colours ranging from pink and red to grey. Apart from a few large and small falls which are formed at the assemblage, some of the seasonal falls also appear during monsoons.
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