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Rev Fr. Shaiju Augustine Thoppil | Director | Lourdes Hospital | Insights Care

Situated in the heart of Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala, is a premier multi-specialty, tertiary care hospital Lourdes Hospital.

Commenced in the year 1965 under the aegis of the Archdiocese of Verapoly, Lourdes today attends to around 500 in-patients and 1700 out-patients, daily, and attracts patients not only from all parts of Kerala but from other states of India as well as from abroad. It is also the first mission hospital in Kerala to get the NABH Accreditation for Quality of Services.

Lourdes Hospital has now around 37 established specialty/Super specialty departments. These are growing steadily, equipped with the state-of-the-art equipments and manned by trained and dedicated staff, many of which now run training program. It is also a full-fledged teaching institution, conducting postgraduate (DNB) courses in 14 specialties, has a Nursing College giving B.Sc., Post B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses, Nursing School (GNM), a Paramedical College offering various courses, and is an AHA International Training Centre as well.

Services and Facilities

Lourdes offers a wide array of services to its patients. This includes specialty services, super-specialty services, and many others.

Specialty services encompass General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Otophinolaryncology (ENT), Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Dental Surgery, Behavioral Science, Dermatology, Pathology, Microbiology, Anaesthesiology, Radiology and Imagiology, Family Medicine, Pain and Palliative Medicine, and Emergency Medicine. Super specialty services include Interventional Cardiology, Cardio Thoracic Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neonatology, Rheumatology, Pulmonology, Oncology, Fertility Clinic, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Nephrology and Toxicology, Urology and Kidney Transplant, Arthroscopy and Joint Replacement, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Paediatric Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, High Risk Obstetrics, Gastroenterology, Cardiac Anaesthesiology, and Anaesthesiology and Critical Care.

Lourdes provides several other services as well, like Executive Health Checkup, Clinical Psychology, Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Haemo Dialysis, International Desk, Laboratory, Blood Bank, Emergency Services, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Domicilliary Care Services, Ambulance Services, School Health Program, and Corporate Health Program.

An All-round Leader

Rev Fr. Shaiju Augustine Thoppil is the Director of Lourdes. He has been associated with Lourdes Society for Healthcare and Research since 2008. After completing his Master of Hospital Administration from Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, he joined Lourdes Hospital as Associate Director. In his new role as Director of Lourdes Institutions, Fr. Shaiju has been responsible for the entire operations of Lourdes Hospital Kochi, Lourdes College of Nursing, Lourdes School of Nursing, Kristu Jayanti Hospital, Lourdes Academy of Health Sciences, and Lourdes academy for clinical Training.

Fr. Shaiju has around one decade of professional experience in Healthcare Administration. He has taken several successful quality initiatives to improve Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. He is also the President of AMCSFNCK (Association of the Management of Christian Self Financing Nursing Colleges of Kerala). He is also playing a devoting role in the Healthcare delivery system of the state as the secretary of CHAI Kerala (Catholic Health Association of India) and secretary of health commission (KRLCBC).

Why Lourdes?

As a Christian mission hospital, Lourdes always focuses on healthcare service with a human touch of love for all its patients, irrespective of cast, creed, and color. Even after having 54 years of service excellence in the healthcare industry, the hospital charges are comparatively lower than other multi-specialty hospitals The hospital’s real strength and incentive remains its strong sense of social commitment in providing an affordable, high quality, and patient-centered care. It is focused on a holistic healing, encompassing all dimensions of human life-mind, body, and spirit. For over half a century, Lourdes has been committed to serving the less fortunate sections of the society. It does this through its free outreach clinics and funding programs designed for the financially backward sections of the society and more. Lourdes Hospital is confident that its mission of providing excellent and affordable healthcare to all will continue unabated in the future too.

Recognitions and Awards

Lourdes Hospital is felicitated by several prominent sources. Following are some of the honorable laurels it has received so far:

  • NABH – National Accreditation for Patient Safety & Quality of Care by Quality Council of India
  • Bureau Veritas’ Green Operation Theatres Certification
  • Green Energy Initiative Award from Kerala State Electricity Board
  • First Baby Friendly Hospital in Kerala in 1993, by UNICEF
  • The Week English Magazine award for the Best 5 Hospitals in Kochi 2014
  • Re-certified as Baby Friendly Hospital by WHO & UNICEF in 2010
  • Indywood Excellence Award
  • Creative Vision Vanithalokam Healthcare Award

Lourdes Hospital Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science and Research

Lourdes houses several institutes that include Kristu Jayanti Hospital, Kristu Jayanti Ayur Care, Sidhi Sadhan College of Nursing, Lourdes College of Paramedical science, School of nursing.

The hospital as a Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science & Research offers 16 post-graduation medical courses. Under the DNB program it offers courses in General Medicine, Family Medicine, Paediatrics, Anesethesia, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Gynaecology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Urology, Emergency Medicine, Pathology, and Cardiology. It also offers fellowship programme in arthroscopy and arthroplasty under orthopedics and neonatology. Other than these, it offers B.Sc., M.Sc., Post Basic B.Sc., and GNM in nursing. Lourdes also has certified courses by American Heart Association including Advanced Cardiac Life Support (AHAACLS-P), Basic Life Support Instructor (AHA BLS-I), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor (AHAACLS-I).

Outreach Programs

Family Medicine Department provides continuing and comprehensive healthcare for the individuals and family. It integrates the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences and encompasses all ages, sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity. The hospital provides primary care for acute and chronic illness for patients of any age and gender. The community outreach Clinics are organized at seven rural and urban areas of the city. This ensures affordable quality healthcare at the doorstep of patients for their convenience