Mangaluru: Healing, comfort - Tryst with Father Muller Charitable Institutions

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Mangaluru, Feb 11: With every new day, the stream of weary people meander the corridors in search of the quintessential need for health, pass through the great portals of the Father Muller Charitable Institutions. The concept of health has changed over centuries from biomedical, psychosocial to holistic health, which is the foundation in which the great legacy of this institution has emphasized throughout the years. Health is not the embodiment of a perfectly functioning body but is the tuning of the physical, mental, social and spiritual self to its fullest realization attaining peace and satiety.

The journey of the Father Muller Charitable Institutions has seen 14 decades of steadfast service towards humanity and the elevation of the human spirit to the wellness of health. His Excellency, Fr Peter Paul Saldanha, the bishop of Mangaluru is at the helm of the institution being its president. The director, Fr Richard A Coelho, who manages the day to day affairs of the institution and its sister concerns, has burnt the midnight oil in continuing the legacy of Fr Augustus Muller. His acumen and work ethics come from serving the institutions as an administrator for seven years and then adorning the office of the director. The administrators of each sister concern work independently yet cohesively and meticulously in enhancing the infrastructure and the upkeep of human resources. The man behind the Father Muller Medical College Hospital, administrator Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa, has seen over nine years of untiring service to the institution, even being the administrator of the Medical College and as assistant administrator too. Fr Roshan Crasta administrator, Father Muller Homeopathic Medical College Hospital; Fr Ajith Menezes administrator, Father Muller Medical College; Fr Slyvester Vincent Lobo administrator, Father Muller Hospital, Thumbay, and the assistant administrator Fr Nelson Dheeraj Pais, have engraved their initials into their respective genres of work. The dedication put in by the Bishop of Mangaluru and his team of director and administrators through the years has borne the hub of servitude and compassion, the Father Muller Medical College Hospital. Never a day goes by that the mission and vision of the hospital are not put into practice.

Established in the year 1880 by Fr Augustus Muller which once began under a banyan tree dispensing homeopathic medicines in Mangaluru, a south Indian town in the state of Karnataka has branched out into a canopy having various medical and allied health institutions but firmly rooted in the mission of healing and charity.

Nearing 140 years of service, the institution has become a leader among the few to be nationally accredited in India and the first to in the state with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) A+, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) certification, +, National Accreditation Board for Testing and Clinical Laboratories (NABL) and the Pharmacie De Quality by Bureau Veritas. The administration in itself is a Non-Profit organisation which caters to the need of the economically poor but offers an array of sophisticated and next-gen technology in health care, becoming a beacon to all in search of health. The accreditations and honours bestowed on the institute has been born out of the dedicated services put in by the management and the staff in providing efficient and quality based service with a human touch.

Currently, over 2,500 doctors, nurses, technical staff paramedical and other health care providers are working for FMCI, which runs the following institutions: Medical College, College of Nursing, School of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences, College of Speech and Hearing and a Physiotherapy College providing both undergraduate and postgraduate training which are supportive systems to the health care fraternity.

FMCI also owns hospitals with over 2,000 beds multispecialty teaching hospital to train the undergraduate, postgraduate students and also an out-reach hospital and centers to cater to the needs of the community in that locality with over 900 free treatment beds, primarily in the Father Muller Medical College Hospital and rest at the Father Muller Hospital Thumbay, Father Muller Homeopathic College Hospital and Father Muller Salvadore Monterio Rural Training Center, Bajpe.

All the constituent colleges that are under the FMCI are a brand in themselves, offering the following health education programs to over 3000 students. MBBS, Postgraduate diploma and degree medical programs, MD, MS, MCh (Neurology and nephrology), PhD, BHMS, MD (Homoeopathy), Diploma in General Nursing, PBBSc (Nursing), BSc (Nursing), MSc and PhD (Nursing), MHA, Bachelor degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, Imaging Technology, Radio Therapy, Master degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, Masters in Radiation Physics, BPT and MPT (Physiotherapy), BASLP (Speech and Hearing) and Masters in Audiology and Speech and Language, BSc in Anesthesia Technology, Renal Dialysis Technology and Operation Theatre Technology. The demand for the allied health subjects has seen a boom with newer frontiers available in the gulf and western world for technologist and physiotherapist. Services available at Father Muller Hospital which caters to the sick round the clock as best as it can with more than 32 speciality and super-speciality Units, the Intensive Care Units of the medical, surgical and pediatric specialities and has the largest number of beds in this region with the Outpatient Department serving over 2000 patients per day on an average. The Father Muller Oncology Centre, a speciality unit dedicated to comprehensive cancer care and research, inaugurated by late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, has incorporated all branches of Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Palliative Care.

In 1966 the institution started the first-ever Psychiatric Care Unit in the private sector in Karnataka for persons with mental disorders. Being one of the oldest centers in this region, it has the satisfaction of bringing on track thousands of lives derailed by mental ill-health. Furthermore, the health care facilities at FMCI are complimented by De-addiction Centre, for the welfare of those who are victims of substance abuse.

The Father Muller Simulation and Skill Centre is the latest addition to FMCI is justifiably proud of it. A pioneering unit in south India, it is equipped with high fidelity skill trainers in the field of simulation. The Centre is also the first medical college in Mangaluru to be accredited by the American Heart Association as an authorized training centre for BLS, ACLS and ECG courses. Research is an important component of medical education, FMCI has been consistently encouraging research in all its constituent colleges; FMCI has set up a research centre to support the faculty in every possible way. The research activities are undertaken by both the faculty and the students with funding from agencies such as ICMR, BRNS, DHR, RGUHS and collaborative research with institutions in Switzerland, UK, Germany and Malaysia.

The health check packages are the most sought after by NRI’s and the locals alike, being comprehensive and at affordable cost inclusive of doctors consultation. Women’s health, senior citizen health care, adolescent health, executive health, comprehensive health and child health check-up are the most used plans. All insurance be it government and the private sector insurance are accepted with due conditions.

The charitable nature of the hospital has carved itself a Father Muller health card which is merely costing Rs 100 for a person with add-on of Rs 50 per person in a family, provides 100 per cent concession on registration, admission, bed, nursing, food, operation and professional charges, 25 per cent concession on physiotherapy, 20 per cent concession on ultrasound, 10 per cent concession on lab, ICU’S, all scans and drug charges all for the general ward outpatient. For private or semi-private inpatients, 100 per cent concession on registration and admission charges, 25 per cent concession on physiotherapy, 20 per cent concession on ultrasound, 15 per cent concession on the bed, food, nursing charges and 10 per cent concession on professional charges, OT and Lab charges, ICU’s, coronary angiogram, cath lab procedures, neurosurgery, oncology, endoscopy and the drugs. Few exceptions being charges on operation theatre materials, contrast dyes, prosthesis, stent, contact lenses, dental materials, hearing aids and food for Vailankanni ward (De-Addiction centre). Benefits of the cards are available on the number of years of subscription too.

The very nature of the Father Muller Institutions inception has led it to be a beacon of hope for many. Challenges have been overcome and opportunities held. It has provided care from birth to death with dignity and compassion to many. Succour amid competition, it still upholds hope and compassion. With overwhelming support from benefactors from near and far, the institution marches on to 140 years of youthful fervour in 2020.

Never relenting in face of trouble but growing magnanimous to carry all. The newly renovated Fatima ward and the Sacred Heart Block (Oncology) are a testimony to this. The institution believes that with belief in Jesus Christ, physician par excellence and divine power of the Almighty, there is no stopping but only service in serving.


Father Muller Medical College Research Center
Father Muller Road, Kankanady,
Mangaluru - 575 018
Karnataka, INDIA


Telephone Research Office: 0824 2238327

Dr Kelvin Pais, MDS

Liaison Officer

Father Muller Charitable Institutions, Mangaluru

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  • Ina Carmelita D'Souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 12 2020

    Congratulations!!! to the administration and staff of Fr. Muller Charitable Institutions on the Advent of their celebration of 140 years of selfless service and charity to the people of DK and neighboring states.

    Amen. All Glory, Praise, Wisdom, Thanksgiving, Honor, Majesty, Power and Might be to Christ our Lord. Amen Hallelujah amen!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 12 2020

    Father Muller's Institutions lead in Medicine & Education ...

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