Nestled among the teak forests and gently rolling hills along National Highway 69 between New Delhi in the north and Chennai (Madras) in the south, is the village of Padhar. Situated in rural Central India (Madhya Pradesh) about 170kms from Bhopal, the village got its name more than 120 years ago from the Swedish “Padre” (missionary Pastor) who miraculously healed the local chief’s son presumably suffering from Malaria. This area is part of the belt of dense jungles and there were frequent injuries as a result of encounters with wild animals that needed to be treated. This added to a lack of medical facilities because it was such a isolated place. This led to the establishment of a small dispensary that eventually grew into the present 200 bedded Hospital.
Padhar Hospital is a charitable multispeciality hospital belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh. Catering mainly to local tribal communities, namely the Gonds, Korku and Gawalis, the hospital has earned a reputation for dedicated service and now attracts patients from the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh as well.
Padhar Hospital has been blessed with dynamic leaders who have contributed to the growth of the hospital. Rev. Dr. Clement Moss, OBE was Director from the early 1950s to 1978. A visionary, he was able to bring about radical changes in the nutritional and health status of the local tribals.
Dr. A. Victor Choudhrie took over as Medical Superintendent from 1978 to 1986. Trained at CMC Vellore and later armed with a FRCS and FRCS (E), he joined Padhar in 1969. He promoted specialisation and tertiary care in every department and his holistic approach to patient care helped make Padhar Hospital one of the finest rural mission hospitals in the country.
Under the able guidance of Dr. Vincent K. Solomon who has been Medical Superintendent since 1986, the hospital has expanded tremendously. Dr. Solomon, an Orthopaedic Surgeon trained in CMC Ludhiana, has been working here since 1978. His many achievements include the introduction of Total Hip and Knee replacement surgeries, Intensive Care Unit, Dialysis Centre, Pain and Palliative Care Centre. Thanks to his unstinted efforts, Padhar Hospital is now a government-recognised institute for treatment of Polio. He has been instrumental in constructing a dedicated Orthopaedic operation theatre and in procuring modern equipment to keep pace with modern medical technology. He is also credited with building manpower through various paramedical courses, not only for this hospital but also for the needs of other mission hospitals in India.
For Further Inquiries: Medical Superintendent PO
- Padhar, District - Betul, Madhya Pradesh (460005), India.
Tel - (91) 7141 263227,263228, 263230, 263346. Fax - (91) 7141 263346.