Freemasonry is found on three grand principles namely Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. The distinguishing characteristics of a Freemason's heart is Charity. In pursuance of our ideals, we, the Freemasons of Coimbatore decided doing some charity and the result is this Masonic Medical Centre for Children.
We founded this Coimbatore Masonic Charity Trust with 15 life Trustees. With the golden touch of the Beloved Founder Chairman and Managing Trustee Cav. Dr.G.K.Devarajulu and the magic touch of our past Chairman and Managing Trustee Dr. D. Jayavarthanavelu, we are growing from strength to strength for the last two decades. We bought a property measuring about 2 acres with a big building in the year 1978 and got it renovated. We are using this original building for outpatient care. We have constructed the new hospital building in four floors in addition to the ground floor, accommodating 90 beds, operation theatre, an ICU ward for 10 patients and an X-ray unit. There is an air conditioned conference Hall at the top floor where seminars, slide shows and clinical meetings are held.
In 1982, we started our Children's clinic with one Medical Officer and one Staff Nurse in the old building. The clinic was inaugurated by our R.W.Regional Grand Master of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India R.W.Bro A.S. Rajasabai. The quality care we give, attracted more children for treatment and so we had to add two more medical officers and the necessary paramedical staff.
When patient crowd increased, space was a constraint in our old building. So, we planned a separate building for our medical project. With the firm assurance of some non Masonic friends like Sri G. Vekatraman and Sri. V. Jagannathan, we ventured the new hospital building costing around Rs. 200 lacs. With the blessings of our Chairman Cav. Dr. G.K.Devarajulu and with the co-operation of our Trustee Brethren and Well wishers, we could mobilize the necessary finances for this project as donations. The ground floor and first floor of the hospital building was completed and inaugurated in September, 1985. The new hospital building consist of general wards with 30 beds, special wards with 10 beds, a well equipped operation theatre and an X-ray centre.
Both the Special wards and general wards are equipped with the central oxygen system which helps the medical officers to treat the patients effectively. In due course, we found the new hospital building was not sufficient for both inpatients and outpatients. In the beginning of 1990, after certain alterations, we converted the ground floor of the old building as our outpatient section floor from April, 1990. The bed strength increased to 100 in our hospital for inpatients care.