The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross was founded at Menzingen at Switzerland in the year 1844 by Fr.Theodosius Florentini and Mother Bernarda. The purpose was to bridge the gap between the Gospel values and the actual life of the people. They recognized the signs of the time and chose a new form of religious life among the people for the holistic formation and education of the young women. The Congregation came to India in 1906 to care for the sick in the Govt.hospitals at the request of the then ruling Maharaja of Travencore.
Today the sisters present the values of Jesus to the society in three provinces in India through Hospitals, Health Care Centres, Community Health programmes, Leprosy Centres, Hospice for terminally ill Cancer patients, Centre for HIV/AIDS, Health promotion in Govt Schools, Education of the bonded labourers and school dropouts, Community Colleges, Day Care Centres, Boarding, Teaching ,Training Nurses and paramedicals, Caring for the mentally challenged children, Prison ministry, Rescue and Rehabilitation of women and girl children who are victims of trafficking , promoting education for rural children etc.
Mission at Chikmagalur
We started our mission at Chikmagalur with a 12 bed Hospital in 1979 . Today on an average 60 –70 inpatients are admitted here. Empanelment of around 25 Schemes mainly for rural people are done and it is a great help for all walks of people to utilise the facilities. Patients who visit our Hospital is mostly from low socioeconomic background. Patients are given free treatment and concession in their bills. We conduct ongoing free medical camps for different specialisation. Hospital has got ICTC facility for counselling on HIV/AIDS and RNTCP programme which supports the TB Patients. The community Health Centre attached to the hospital carry out daily Home visit, conduct awareness programmes especially for control of tuberculosis, organise periodical Health Camps with free supply of drugs.
Hospital join with the National Rural Health Mission in bringing down the mortality and morbidity rate by participating in immunisation programme. We have also adapted few govt PHCS and carrying out specialised free medical camp for pregnant women and under five children. Holy Cross hospital is accepted by WHO for the following
a. AFP Notification. Acute Flaccid paralysis for the eradication of Polio
b. IDSP – integrated Disease surveillance Project for the notification of diseases.