The Salvation Army Catherine Booth Hospital was started at Vadasery, Nagercoil in the state of Tamilnadu, in the year 1895. The hospital is situated fourteen miles from Kanyakumary, the southernmost tip of India, where three seas meet.
Dr. Harry Andrews who came to India as a missionary gave existence to this hospital in a tiny bathroom after seeing the poor medical facilities of the downtrodden even though he was not a qualified physician.
The institution which was started as a dispensary was widened and developed in every section by Dr. Percy Turner, a renowned ophthalmologist. Col. Dr. William. A. Noble, gave 40 years of selfless service and efficient administration to this institution which was a golden period in the history of the hospital. He was responsible for extending the facilities of the hospital immeasurably and also introducing many innovations while healing countless multitudes. Whether ministering to the prince or the poorest of his people, his was the noble ministry of heart, mind and hand. In 1931 he received the Kaisar –I-Hind silver medal and served as Palace Physician to His Highness the Maharaja of Travancore and to other members of the Royal family. He was also chosen as the Senior Medical Officer of the Cochin State Leprosy Hospital at Puthencrz, Ernakulam, Kerala State due to his unsurpassing efficiency and devotion.
After his retirement, Commissioner. Harry. W. Williams O.B.E., L.R.C.P., F.R.C.S took charge as the Chief Medical Officer. He is a renowned and outstanding Plastic Surgeon who was appreciated by colleagues of the Medical world as a specialist in his own field. He was called to aid relief work in Vietnam war as Senior Surgeon for three months and during this period, he set up the first plastic surgical unit in Vietnam. During his eight years of missionary medical service, he created a new era in the history of the hospital with his modern techniques in surgery. With these special traits, he has hopes to deserted handicapped in their lives by establishing rehabilitating institutions. Considering efficient service, he was appointed as Visiting Professor in Trivandrum Medical College, Kerala by the then Kerala Government.
After his transfer Dr. Lyle Alloway a famous surgeon in ophthalmology and Major (Dr) Herbert. C. Rader., an efficient well-known general surgeon also served in this hospital and provided missionary medical service.
Since 1985 the hospital has grown in leaps and bound to the present status of a 200 bedded hospital with full fledged Surgeons, Physicians, Gynecologist, Ophthalmologist, Pediatrician, Dentist, Radiologist, Orthopaediatrist and a team of dedicated and well – trained medical and paramedical staff.
With the sole aim of training for the healing ministry, the school of nursing was started in 1939. It was recognized by the Madras Government as a Higher Grade Training School by 1952. Graduate are holding responsible position in India and all over the world. So many progressive steps are being taken even today for the benefits of the downtrodden, sick and needy. Programmes such as Rural Community Health Programmes, rehabilitation and vocational training centers for the handicapped are introduced keeping in mind the and sufferings of the deserted and poor.
Major. D. Jeeva Ratnam
The Salvation Army Catherine Booth Hospital
Vadasery, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu - 627011
Phone: 04652-275516/275517, Mobile: 9442282220
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