MUVATTUPUZHA MEDICAL CENTRE, MC ROAD, MUVATTUPUZHA Erstwhile Santhinikethan Hospital, a Premier Medical Institution in this area was established in 1967 by Dr N N Asokan with 20 beds: moved into the new building on 5th April 1970. The centre has all amenities of a multi-disciplinary hospital. In 1967, there was no major hospital in the nereby town Kothamangalam or Kolenchery. Santhinikethan Hospital turned out to be the only place where people could get medical help. That was the time when patients had to come with beds, linen, utensils and firewood for preparation of food. The starting of Santhinikethan Hospital became a blessing for such patients who could not go to Kottayam or Cochin for treatment. It is thankfully remembered that Dr Sabhapathy, the Eminent General Surgeon of Ernakulam used to come to do surgery even at night and people had great appreciation for him. This Santhinikethan Hospital was renamed Muvattupuzha Medical Centre in 1990, and is run as a group managed by Dr. N N Asokan and his son Dr. Sajesh. This centre has 50 beds mainly aimed at serving the critically ill patients; Intensive Coronary Care Unit and Intensive Respiratory Care Unit are the best in the town with trained personnel and equipment with all clinical laboratory facilities. Facilities exist for all investigational procedures. OPD and Casualty departments function in the basement area and the main entrance is on the Velloorkunnam Temple road. The main entrance for serious patients is through MC Road. Casualty services (except for major accident cases) are available all 24 hours. At present the bed strength limits the admission except to seriously sick patients. Expansion of the services is expected to start in this year in the adjacent compound, since the special clinics for cardiology, diabetes, hypertension, pulmonary, geriatric medicine etc. are waiting to be upgraded.