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