The Caritas Hospital is a hospital in Thellakom (near Adichira), Kottayam district, Kerala, India. The hospital is run by the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Kottayam and is registered as a charitable organisation.
Caritas Hospital has grown from a 50-bedded hospital to 635-bedstrength hospital.
In 1962, Mar Thomas Tharayil, Bishop of Kottayam, in collaboration with a select few benevolent German people (of the Caritas organisation) started a health care venture named Caritas after the Catholic organisation Caritas International. The name is derived from the Christian virtue of caritas, or benevolent giving.
In 1962, MAR THOMAS THARAYIL, Bishop of Kottayam, in collaboration with the selected few of German benevolent people started the venture of health care naming it ‘CARITAS’. The word itself adheres to the recommendations of the 1946 Bhore committee report “to ensure medical care for every individual including those who cannot pay for it’’. Inefficiency of the system, deficiency of proper planning, lack of true commitment and above all, wide spread corruption, have led to the deplorable situation that the health mission of ‘CARITAS HOSPITAL’ has to play a vital role in alleviating pain of the sick and the suffering, especially to those who cannot afford adequate treatment. Spread over 25 acres, 4 kilometers from Government Medical College and seven kilometers from Kottayam.
The unconditional support and enlightened vision of MAR KURIAKOSE KUNNACHERY, the Bishop of Kottayam, the hospital has grown to a world-class manifold academic and community based hospital that is from a 50-bedded hospital to a 635-bed strength hospital. Footing on the strong guidance of MAR MATHEW MOOLAKKATT, the Archbishop of Kottayam, the hospital is growing to its renowned heights. It now cares more than 3 lakhs OUT PATIENTS and almost 50,000 IN-PATIENTS each year. The hospital has 33 clinics in the Out Patient department and 25 wards in the In Patient department. In addition there is a full-fledged Emergency and Trauma care unit also.
Caritas Hospital foundation stone laid by H. E Cardinal Tiserang in the presence of Mar Thomas Tharayil on 27 th November 1953. The site of the hospital about six acres in area was donated by late Mr. Joseph Vallapally's wife and children. Caritas Hospital Established in 1962 by Mar Thomas Tharayil, Bishop of Kottayam, in collaboration with the selected few benevolent German people with just 50 beds. The prime aims Maternity care and Snake bite management. Dr. Peter Rohde MD from Germany was the first Doctor. Inefficiency of the system, deficiency of proper planning, lack of true commitment and above all, wide spread corruption, have led to the deplorable situation that the health mission of 'CARITAS HOSPITAL' has to play a vital role in alleviating pain of the sick and the suffering, especially to those who cannot afford adequate treatment. Spread over 23 acres of scenic hinterlands, CARITAS is the embodiment of modern medical care.
The hospital runs a full range of medical and acute surgical services.Anaesthesiology, Biochemistry, Blood bank, Cardiology, Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Dermatology, Dietetics, ENT, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, General Surgery, Microbiology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology & Fertility, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Oral & Maxillo Facial Surgery, Pathology, Pediatric, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitative & Sports Medicine, Plastic and Micro Vascular Surgery, Psychiatry & Psychology, Radio diagnosis, Urology, Oncology, Pediatric Surgery.. It also has an ayurvedic treatment division.
The Caritas Cancer Institute is an 82-bed center with Medical, Surgical and Radiation Oncology departments as well as a Pain and Palliative Care division. It was inaugurated on February 24, 2003.Current HOD is Dr.Jojo Joseph who is a renowned Surgical Oncologist with over 12,000 oncology surgeries to his credit. The center is equipped with 2 linear accelerators for radiation teletherapy via IMRT. World famous Senior medical Oncologist Dr. V. P. Ganagadharan is a visiting faculty at the center. Dr. Mary Kalapurakal is the head of the pain & palliative Dep. in caritas. She is the founder and first president of the palliative association in the Kottayam District. Dr. Manu John, one of the few Palliative Oncologists in India, also works there as a full time Consultant.
The Caritas Cancer Institute aims to give holistic support to the patients so they may live and die with dignity.
Caritas Heart Institute was inaugurated and blessed on 24 September 2011. It has South india's First Hybrid CathLab, Two state of the art Operation Theaters, 24 bedded Cardic Intensive Care Unit, 14 bedded post operative ICU, Hi-end Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory & Well equipped 24 hours mobile emergencyThe cardiology department at this hospital has completed 25 years of service to the community. The department has earned a great reputation for rendering excellent service in the past with one of the third in Indian subcontinent. Interventional Cardiologists, American trained Cardiac Surgeon and a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with vast experienced have been posted . Facilities for Angioplasty, Bypass surgery, Valve repair, Baloon dilatation of the valves, Valve replacement surgery, Pacemaker Implantation etc are available in the new complex. In addition to this there is a Research cell in the cardiology department which participates in multiple multi centre international research studies.
The hospital runs the following institutions:
Caritas College of Pharmacy - conducts the D.Pharm course with an intake of 60 students per year.
Caritas College of Nursing - offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and has an intake of 50 students per year.
Caritas Allied Health Science - offers various Paramedical courses for students with different qualification levels