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41 years of quality and compassion

 

In an age where corporate hospitals are thriving and profitability is the key to staying ahead, a hospital that demonstrates integrity and values is hard to find. Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) is one such hospital. Even after four decades, the hospital remains true to its promise of providing quality care to every member of society. As a mission hospital, its focus continues to be charity along with service and the welfare of people.

BBH was founded in 1973 by the International Mission Board (IMB), –a part of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). SBC stressed on the value of medical care and had been supporting mission hospitals in 17 countries before taking BBH under its wings. The cornerstone was laid by Dr. Wikman, the first surgeon at BBH, and his wife Barbara who came to Bangalore to setup the hospital.

 

They also initiated medical services from the first mission station that was setup by SBC at Sankey road, which was then moved to BBH’s current location.

The hospital mission and its promise of service to the community were carried forward by Dr. Jasper McPhail from Mississippi, USA, who wanted to serve the people in India further. Dr. McPhail sought the permission of the then President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishna as well as that of Dr. Sushila Nair, the then Central Health Minister, to set up the hospital. His request was granted and BBH was setup as a trust on 15 January, 1973. The initiative was strongly supported by the State Government of Karnataka and was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister, D. Devaraj Urs.

BBH began its operations with the principle of providing holistic care and healing in the spirit of Jesus Christ. In the 1970s, BBH was led by Dr. John Wikman, Dr. Richard Hellinger and Dr. Jasper McPhail. The torch bearers who followed them during the 80s and 90s were Dr. Rebekah Naylor and Dr. Stanley C. Macadan. Today, Dr. Alexander Thomas presides as the Chief Executive Officer of BBH. Each of these visionaries has contributed greatly to the renewal of the hospital in every aspect of care and service –successfully steering BBH to its 41st year of quality medical care and service.

Being a mission hospital, BBH has been providing quality healthcare at a nominal rate for the poor and needy through its Community Health Department (CHD). The CHD has opened an urban medical center at the DJ Halli slum, Bangalore, and is thus taking steps to respond to  the medical complaints from the area. CHD also initiated two major campaigns, ‘Project Believe’ in 2011 and ‘Smile on Wheels’ in 2013.
BBH has also conducted many outreach visits and awareness campaigns in villages and rural areas. As a part of the outreach visits, a doctor, nurse and chaplain are sent to provide palliative care to terminally ill patients.

With a keen eye on quality, the hospital received its NABH and NABL accreditation in 2011 –making it the first non-corporate hospital to bag this recognition. Not one to lag behind as far as awards are concerned, BBH has also won the FICCI Healthcare Excellence Award and NBE Teaching Excellence Award for 2012 and has successively won the QCI-DL Shah award in 2013 and 2014 for communication & quality initiatives respectively in healthcare. BBH recently received IMA Medachievers.com Award 2014 Excellence for contributing  towards Medical Profession 

 

 
 
---- Dr Alexander Thomas
 
 
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Established in 1973
Currently 300 beds
Over 750 Staff and students
Multi speciality health care facility care 8 Post Graduate residency programmes
Nursing & 4 Allied Health Diploma courses
175000 outpatients, 13000 inpatients annually
3800 surgeries, 2700 deliveries annually
Accredited by NABH & NABL
 
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