CBM Bethel Hospital

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CBM Bethel Hospital, Vuyyuru
Council of Christian Hospitals
Location Vuyyuru 521 165, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates 16°21′48″N 80°50′57″E / 16.36333°N 80.84917°E / 16.36333; 80.84917
Care system Medicare
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Community
Affiliated university Christian Medical College, Vellore
Patron Dr. P. David Suvarna Raju[1] (Director)
Network Christian Medical Association of India, New Delhi
Founded 1906

CBM Bethel Hospital is a participating hospital of the Council of Christian Hospitals, an autonomous body of the Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars. The CBM Star of Hope Hospital is located in Vuyyuru, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India and was founded in 1906[2] by missionaries of the Canadian Baptist Mission. It is perhaps the oldest in the region.[3]


The Canadian Baptist Mission was initiated on the request of Thomas Gabriel (missionary) based on which Rev. A. V. Timpany and Rev. John McLaurin who arrived in Ramayapatnam in 1868[4] moved to Kakinada in 1874 after which the Mission got initiated.

In 1904, Dr. Gertrude Hulet[5] arrived in Vuyyuru and opened a dispensary[6] in 1906.[4] The foundation of the present hospital structure was laid by the Krishna district collector in 1923.[7]

What started as a clinic in 1904[5] soon developed into a large hospital, taking care of the ailing in coastal parts of Krishna district. A number of wards, case rooms and operating rooms were built.[8] By 1955 the hospital became a general hospital.[7]

Evelyn Eaton started a midwifery training course in 1941 and, by 1956, it became an Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) course.[7] More than 500 nurses have graduated from this school.[5] The Chapel was built in memory of Dr. Hulet in 1957.


The CBM Bethel Hospital is a member of,

The Hospital also networks with the Christian Medical College, Vellore[10]


  1. ^ European Baptist Ministries, International Prayer Card 2015
  2. ^ T. Theophilus, The History of the Bethel Hospital, Vuyyuru, Platinum Jubilee Souvenir, Vuyyuru, pp. 36–38.
  3. ^ Sivasankaranarayana, M. V. Rajagopal (Eds.), Andhra Pradesh District Gazetteers, Directorate of Printing and Stationery, Secretariat Press, Hyderabad, 1977. Page 205. Internet, accessed 5 October 2008. [1]
  4. ^ a b T. Theophilus, op.cit.
  5. ^ a b c George W. Brown, Ramsay Cook (Eds.), Dictionary of Canadian Biography: 1901–1910, University of Toronto Press, 1994, ISBN 0-8020-3998-7, ISBN 978-0-8020-3998-9, p. 122. Internet, accessed 5 October 2008. [2]
  6. ^ Carlotta Hacker, The Indomitable Lady Doctors, Formac Publishing Company, 2001, ISBN 0-88780-543-4, ISBN 978-0-88780-543-1, p. 121. Internet, accessed 5 October 2008. [3]
  7. ^ a b c Ibid.
  8. ^ Manorama Fritschi (Ed.), Council of Christian Hospitals, Pithapuram, 1977. Manorama Fritschi was the wife of Dr. Ernest Paul Fritschi who was the earlier Director of Schieffelin Institute of Health, Research and Leprosy Centre, Karigiri, India. Internet, accessed 26 October 2008. [4]
  9. ^ The Christian Medical Association of India, Member Institutes in Andhra Pradesh. Internet, accessed 5 October 2008. [5]
  10. ^ Christian Medical College, Vellore, Networking. Internet, accessed 5 October 2008. [6]

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