Mangaluru : Father Muller Hospital, Thumbay which acts as a rural connect as well as post graduate posting, was originally started by the famous Educationalist/Industrialist B. Ahmed Hajee Mohiudeen- this great centre of healing in a predominantly village area 17 kms away was acquired in May 2013 by Father Muller Charitable Institutions in order to more fully fulfill the Founder’s dream of giving the rural folk most modern and contemporary medical facilities which only a large medical college hospital can offer. At the time of acquisition, it was a fully functioning 100 bed multi-speciality hospital. FMCI later developed it further to provide greater facilities for the people. And now with the addition of two-floors which consists of nearly 150 beds, and other health services, Fr Muller Hospital-Thumbay will cater to the needs of patients in a bigger scale.
The inauguration of 2-Additional Floors and Health Sciences at Father Muller Hospital-Thumbay was held on Sunday, 1 November 2015, where the Bishop of Mangaluru, Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’souza blessed the new additional floors along with other clergy. Fruits were distributed to the patients on this joyous occasion. MLA J R Lobo, the chief guest inaugurated the floors by cutting the ribbon along with other dignitaries. The formal function began with an invocation followed by welcome address by Rev Fr Patrick Rodrigues-Director of Fr Muller Charitable Institution who said “Fr Muller Hospital-Thumbay which is an extension unit of Fr Muller Charitable Institutions has launched its additional two floors and Health Services increasing its capacity to a 100 plus bed to cater the needs of the patients. Very soon we will be starting a 24 hours Blood bank Unit here. This hospital has always helped the people of this rural area during the time of the medical needs, and all the medical services are provided to them way are charged way much cheaper than in Mangaluru City”.
Fr Rodrigues further said that Fr Muller Hospital-Thumbay was taken over from BA Group mainly to serve the rural people. “This hospital is a quick-responding institution especially for the poor class, and we have quite a few permanent professional doctors always quick in attending to the need of the patients.. It is commendable that Father Muller Charitable Institution has taken over BA Hospital in Thumbay. Father Muller is today growing towards becoming one of the top hospitals and institutions in the country.” added Fr Rodrigues.
The formal inauguration of the ceremony was done by lighting the traditional lamp by Bishop of Mangaluru-Aloysius Paul D’Souza along with other dignitaries on the dais namely Rev Fr Patrick Rodrigues-Director, FMCI; MLA JR Lobo; Rahul K-Asst Superintendent of Police, Bantwal and Belthangady Tq; Fr Roshan Crasta- Administrator-Fr Muller Hospital-Thumbay; Fr Richard Coelho-Administrator, FMMCH; and Fr Rudolph D’Sa-Administrator, FMMC. Addressing the gathering, J R Lobo said, “While most institutions have set up hospitals within the city, the BA Group opened its hospital in Thumbay mainly for the benefit of the rural people.
Lobo further said, “Father Muller is a quick-responding institution especially for the poor class. It is commendable that Father Muller Charitable Institution has taken over BA Hospital in Thumbay to serve the people in the rural area. I like to congratulate the administration of the Institution for starting this hospital and thereby helping the poor and people of the rural areas to a greater extent. Being located on a busy highway, this hospital will serve as an emergency care provider in the hour of road accidents. Let Father Muller Charitable Institution shine bright like a lamp forever,”.
Also on the occasion of the hospital’s completion of 2 1/2 years, a hospital magazine “Fr Mullers @ Thumbay” was released by guest of honour, Rahul K-Assistant Superintendent of Police, Bantwal and Belthangady Tq. Addressing the gathering, Rahul K said, ” It’s indeed a honour to be here and also get associated with a renowned hospital which had done yeomen service to the community. I assure that the police department will fully cooperate with the hospital anytime they need our help. The hospital management/staff can contact us and solicit our assistance anyday anytime 365 days a year”.
Addressing the gathering Bishop Mangaluru, Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza said, ” I am extremely happy that the people of this area and nearby Bantwal, Puttur and Belthangady taluks can avail health services from this hospital. This 150 multispeciality hospital with the state-of-the-art facilities will render remarkable preventive and promotive health care at the door steps of the community with the vision “Heal and Comfort” the suffering humanity with compassion and respect. I wish and pray that this achievement may lead to greater heights and the services provided here may reach to the door steps of poor and needy people around this rural areas.”
The bishop further said, “With the motto “Heal and Comfort”, the healing touch of Fr Muller Hospital grows. Fr Muller Hospital run under Fr Muler Charitable Institutions is famous for being one of the oldest hospitals in Mangaluru. Fr Muller Charitable Institutions have been touching the lives of thousands of people for the last 135 long years. The institution founded by Augustus Muller in 1880 stands out as a hallmark of medical service and education in our country. FMCI has distributed free medicines and contributed free services of nearly Rs seven crore worth during the past year, including free treatment and fee concessions to many.
The Bishop concluded saying, ” With its motto “Heal and Comfort”, it is committed to bring health-care solace to the suffering humanity.Being in the health-care service since 1880, Fr Muller Hospital has a rich heritage which is seen in its vast experience in the field of medicine and gives it the reputation of an institution that combines a caring heart with highly professional skills. I wish this hospital, its management, doctors and staff all the best in their future endeavours-let this hospital serve the purpose in healing and caring those in medical needs”
Speaking to mangalorean.com, Fr Roshan Crasta- Administrator at Fr Muller Hospital-Thumbay said, ” Father Muller Hospital Thumbay has successfully completed over two Years of glorious Existence today.It has grown from a simple General Health care to a Multi-specialty hospital with state of art facilities.The Loyalty that inspires in providing care is a strength which helps to carry on the vision- ‘Heal and Comfort the suffering humanity with compassion and respect’. As my ministry is “love and serve the faithful after the example of Christ”, this is a great opportunity to serve the mankind with preventive and promotive health care at the door steps of the community”.
He further said, “The Hospital Magazine entitled “Mullers@ Thumbay” that will be released today is the mirror Image of the activities carried out and explains people the vision of the Institution in providing quality health care for all and our commitment. It is indeed a matter of joy and pride for me to be an administrator and all the tireless effort of each one you is appreciable. The dedicated team of our doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel strive to provide high-quality, affordable and personal health care that respects the needs and dignity of each person served. I am grateful to Dr Kiran Shetty-Medical Superintendent, Mrs Shalini Menezes- Assistant Nursing Superintendent and all the members of Father Muller Hospital-Thumbay for their dedicated service”.
Fr Richard Coelho-Administrator, father Muller Medical College Hospital speaking to mangalorean.com said, ” It is a matter of great joy to witness the seeds of hard work bear fruit. This hospital of our at Thumbay has not only provide a health care unit closer to people in this rural area by introducing all the branches of Allopathic medicine but also by reaching out to people residing in the out-skirts of Mangaluru through various out-reach community programmes, camps and the like. May God bless all those who work and contribute in some way or the other to this hospital so that they touch the hearts of the patients with compassionate love of Jesus and heal them of all infirmities. May this hospital help in the vision and mission of Father Mullers’ in the future and thus be the true harbingers of Christ’s healing ministry”
Dr Kiran Shetty-Medical Superintendent at Fr Muller Hospital-Thumbay speaking to mangalorean.com said, ” Medical profession should aim to develop patient confidence by assuring good, fair and ethical treatment. This will enhance your standing in the society. In this regard I feel proud to say that we have a bevy of excellent and professional surgeons/doctors who are always ready to cater to the medical needs of the patients in this rural area, in the best of their knowledge and experiences. My sincere thanks to such a great team of physicians, nurses and all the staff of various departments who toil hard to provide the best medical attention towards the sick, thereby keeping our motto “Heal and Comfort” true to its commitment”.
Dr Kiran Shetty further said, ” Being at the helm as Medical Superintendent of this prestigious hospital, I have done my duties to the best of my abilities to maintain the standards and the services rendered. Along with the dedicated and committed Physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff here, I assure that we will see that Fr Muller Hospital-Thumbay becomes a better and full-fledged hospital wholly committed and caring towards the people in this rural area, in the time of their medical needs. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks to Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’souza-the Bishop of Mangaluru for his blessings and support towards this Hospital, and also for gracing this inaugural ceremony-he has been a inspiration for all of us at Fr Muller Hospital-Thumbay. I am also grateful to my mentors, Rev Fr Patrick Rodrigues- Director, FMCI, and also to Fr Roshan Crasta-Administrator, Fr Muller Hospital-Thumbay for their guidance and support during my tenure as Medical Superintendent”.
Persons who were responsible for the construction of the two-additional floors were felicitated namely- Christopher Noronha- the Architect, Rajesh D Maistry-the contractor and Venugopal, the supervisor. Fr Roshan Crasta proposed the vote of thanks, while Shalini Clerin Menezes-assistant nursing superintendent of Father Muller Nursing College compered the whole proceedings of the programme very professionally. Like all the FMCI programmes end with their institution anthem, so also does my report pertaining to their events with FMCI anthem which goes like this :
“We come to comfort and to heal, to love and serve in woe and weal
We come to comfort and to heal, to love and serve in woe and weal.”-Chorus
Let a mighty chorus swell and soar beyond the skies
As white robed bands with healing hands to daily tasks arise,
And eager limbs await their hour with aching, grim surmise
While fading visions float before half open, gleamless eyes.
Let the name Augustus Muller proudly write in gold
Flame across Karnataka’s vast and Bharat’s millions hold,
In admiration of his zeal whose vision bright & bold
In Mangalore’s fair bosom raised its home of peace untold.
Hail! dear home where tender care beguiles disease and pain
Where love divine inspires & lifts the failing heart or brain.
Live on and grow till human kind its destiny attain
And healing reach on wheels and wings the distant home or plain.
Come, Doctor, live your noble Hippocrate’s bequest
Come, Nurse, by Nightingale inspired, forget your broken rest,
Come all who soothe in ways unsung Humanity’s unrest
Let’s all as one, with love pursue the toil by millions blest.
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