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It’s Centennial time in Lombard Memorial Hospital, Udupi

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Udupi: The Lombard Memorial (Mission) Hospital, will be flagging off its Centenary Year Celebrations on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Addressing reporters at the Udupi Press Club this morning, Dr Sushil Jathanna, director of the hospital said that the inaugural function will include three events: a Blood Donation Camp at 9 a.m., a Thanksgiving Service at 3 p.m., and the inauguration of the New Block of the College of Nursing at 5 p.m.

Jayakar Shetty, General Manager of Badagabettu Cooperative Society, will inaugurate the Blood Donation Camp. Rev. Sr. Sujatha, Vice President, CSI Karnataka Southern Diocese will lead the Thanksgiving Service in the Mission Hospital Chapel

Vinay Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte Deemed to be University will inaugurate the new block of the Nursing College in the presence of Kurma Rao, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Udupi, and the Most Rev. Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of the Udupi Catholic Diocese.

The Centenary Year Celebrations of the hospital will be marked with a series of activities throughout the year, culminating in the Valedictory Function on June 15, 2023, when a new book on the history of the Mission Hospital will be released. The year-long activities will include academic meets, cultural programmes, the inauguration of a Palliative Care Centre and new premises for the Paramedical College, Dr Jathanna added.

 Centenary Vision

Announcing the Centenary Vision, Dr Jathanna, said the Mission Hospital has three clear objectives. Firstly, to develop into a super speciality hospital. Secondly, to expand its educational base with more courses in nursing and allied health sciences with a view to establishing a new medical college in Udupi in the future. And thirdly, to offer more community-based services like a Palliative Care Centre, Home Care Services and Outreach Clinics in the rural areas of Udupi.

Deena Prabhavathi, Administrative Officer, Dr Suja Karkada, Principal, Lombard College of Nursing, Dr Ganesh Kamath, Senior Medical Officer and Rohi Rathnaker, PRO and Head of Community Services of the hospital were present.

Dr Sushil Jathanna (Centre), Director of Lombard Memorial (Mission) Hospital addressing reporters at Press Club, Udupi. (L-R) Rohi Rathnaker, PRO and Head of Community Services, Dr Ganesh Kamath, Senior Medical Officer, Deena Prabhavathi, Administrative Officer and Dr Suja Karkada, Principal, Lombard College of Nursing.)

About Lombard Memorial (Mission) Hospital

The 120-bedded Lombard Memorial (Mission) Hospital was founded by Dr Eva Lombard, a young Swiss missionary doctor on June 15, 1923. One of the oldest hospitals, it is perhaps the first Mother and Child-focused unit in the region. The hospital runs five educational institutions offering courses in nursing and paramedical sciences and a kindergarten school. Its community-based initiatives include Karunalaya, a geriatric nursing care centre, and Sahajeevana, an old age home.

Lombard Memorial (Mission) Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Coastal Karnataka. It was perhaps the first Mother and Child-focused unit in the region. With over one lakh square feet of built-up area, the hospital is served by a team of 170 staff. Lombard Memorial Hospital was established as a small six-bedded maternity and children’s unit in the ‘Bungalow’ in Mission Compound on June 15, 1923, by Dr Eva Lombard. In l933, a special unit was set up to train young girls in all the necessary techniques needed for nursing care.

The Mission Hospital, as it was then and popularly known even now, grew from strength to strength. Most of the funds for the development came from its own income and from well-wishers and donors. The hospital became so busy that at one time, there were not enough beds in the hospital. The Mission Hospital, which was once a beacon of hope to the people of Udupi, is once again shining brightly. It is now a hospital that has regained the trust of the people by delivering high-quality care with compassion and dedication. Since 2014, there has been a huge agenda of modernization and transformation with the renovation of old buildings and wards.

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