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HISTORY OF KUSUMAGIRI MENTAL HEALTHCARE CENTRE
“Servant of God” Joseph C. Panjikaran the founder of Medical Sisters of St.Joseph (MSJ) Congregation was a passionate follower of Jesus Christ to serve the poor. His great vision was to give medical and mental health care for the poor and marginalized. In 1934, he succeeded to start a medical support facility named as “Dharmagiri St. Joseph’s Hospital” at Kothamangalam. His vision for providing Mental Health Care was materialized by Rev. Fr. George Meenachery in 1971 at Kakkanad named as Kusumagiri Mental Health Centre (KMHC). The centre named after the Heavenly Patroness of St. Teresa of Lisieux. Kusumagiri Mental Health Centre (KMHC) is located in the city of Cochin, Kerala. KMHC is a charitable registered society(ER1/1969) made its humble beginning with one psychiatrist, three nurses, one pharmacist and one laboratory technician. At present the hospital provides inpatient facility for 125 adults, 15 child and adolescents. A committed and enthusiastic team of doctors, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, speech therapists, special educators etc. make this institution a unique experience for the patients and their relatives. KMHC is providing world class mental health services and personalized treatment and care including clinical consultation and assessment, mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention, resource development, education and training. KMHC focuses on mental health issues and applies a holistic approach, involving work with individuals, families and society as a whole.