Mure Memorial Hospital, one of the prime health facilities in Nagpur, is celebrating its 125th Foundation Day, from June 26.
The theme of the seminar during inaugural programme is “Importance of serving in love by hospital and professional health workers during pandemic,” at 12 noon on June 26. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will be chief guest, Advisor of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Wardha) Dr Ved Prakash Mishra, Former Rotary Governor Dr Sundar Rajan and retired IAS officer Sanjay Deshmukh along with MLA Vikas Thakre, City Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, General Secretary, Church of North India, New Delhi, Dr Dennis Lall will be the guests of honour. The MMH Annual Report will be released on the occasion. The best staff awards will be given in various categories. Chairman MMH Bishop Andrew Rathod from CNI Nagpur, Director, Vilas Shende Board Member, Aradhna Upadhyay will also be present on this occasion.
Vilas Shende informed media persons that Dr Agnes E. Henderson was founder of Mure Memorial Hospital (MMH), Nagpur which is continually serving people of central India since last 125 years. Dr Agnes came to India as a Medical Missionary in 1891 as per the wish of her mother. She spent six months in Mumbai to learn Marathi language so that she could communicate well with the local people and understand their life and health related issues.
She started one bed clinic in Mahal area in Nagpur and later established 24 bed Maternity Hospital in the current campus at Sitabuldi on 26 th June 1896. As the hospital was constructed through generous donation of Mure family she named the hospital as “Mure Memorial Hospital” (MMH). She worked tirelessly when Nagpur and surrounding areas were affected by plague. Even though she worked so hard to establish MMH and did so much for the community and people of central India her name is not known among people. Her motto of service was to “Serve in Love” for the glory of God.
Today MMH is a 100 bed multi-specialty hospital having departments of Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedics, ENT, Ophthalmology, Gynecology, Pediatric, Oncology, Radiology, Pathology and Physiotherapy. It has a 24 hours Pharmacy, ICCU and Ambulance Services. MMH is involved in many community based primary health care projects like Mobile Medical Unit working in 48 remote villages of Nagpur district. Regular health check-up and awareness camps are conducted in both rural and urban areas. Mother and Child Care programmes for slums in Nagpur city, Old Age Home for Senior citizens, Community Care Centre for HIV/AIDS affected families, Youth empowerment training for physically challenged youth, English e-teach learning in village schools and life skill education to children born deaf and blind are current projects of MMH. The hospital has been conducting free Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries camps since 2011, School of Nursing since 1924.
MMH was instrumental in providing community health services to migrant workers, front line workers, slum dwellers and villagers during lockdown and post lockdown periods. From March 2021 a 47 beds COVID hospital was started .
MMH is preparing to keep at least 150 beds ready with oxygen supply for the possible third wave of covid-19 with all equipment in ICU and oxygen generation plant. It is also planning a 500 bed Super-Specialty Hospital with plus health club, naturopathy center, community care center for HIV/AIDS, Post covid care center, B.Sc. Nursing College, Allied Health Professionals Training Academy, health museum, health spa, Yoga center, etc. A basic community health, development and research center in Katol block of Nagpur district and Saunsar block, Chindwara district of Madhya Pradesh to serve the surrounding 70-80 villages is also part of our master plan. Shende has many plans for development of the old institution.