The beginning of the 12 bed hospital was the fruit of a dream of Rev.Fr. Sebastian Pinakattu and MMS. Rt. Rev. Dr. James Kalasserry, the then Bishop of Changanacherry was the Patron. The pioneers Sr.John Kuthivalachel, Sr. Francis Pullukattu, Sr. Xavier Kunnel, and Sr. Ann Kayathinkara were professionally trained at Rawalpindi. Dr. Agus Coshan was the first resident doctor.
Sr. Damian Besseling, Sr. Cabrini Vettickappallil, Sr. Xavier Kunnel, Sr. Anne Bellosillo, Sr. Rosily Vanisserry, Sr. Johanna Marie Kootter, Sr. Celine Kallarackal, Sr. Rosaline Muricken, Sr. Victoria Karimattam and Sr. Josita Myladiyil catered the institution as Administrator with much love and commitment in their turn. Sr. Rose Vachaparampil is now serving as the Administrator and Mr. Josbin Mathew Kadaplackal is the Asst. Administrator of the hospital.
Today the hospital has bed strength of 185 with department of General medicine, Surgery, OB/ Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Alternate Therapy and. part- time Cardiology,dermatology, ENT, Neuro consultation and Naturopathy. Acupuncture, acupressure, drugless therapy, ultrasonic therapy, alcohol and drug de-addiction are also part of the treatments here. Pastoral care, counselling and patients follow up aim at the total healing- spiritual, mental and psychological healing of the person and one's family. Quality nursing care is the hallmark of the hospital. Hospital is honored as a 'BABYFRIENDLY' hospital.
Nursing school is known for its excellent professional training. A well organized community health department (CHD) reaches out to the marginalized in the society with special focus on women and children. CHD has been active in the fields of immunization, village clinics, substance abuse, control of infectious diseases and HIV/ AIDS prevention especially among students and adults Conscientization of people about their right to health, environmental issues are commendable. Contribution of local people through financial assistance and voluntary service from the very beginning of the hospital is noteworthy.
No patient is refused of needed investigations or treatment facility just because s/he has no money. Free services are provided for heart patients, cancer patients, and diabetic patients, terminally ill and other poor patients. On an average 12,000 patients receive free care during one financial year which amounts up to 5.5% of the total operating expense. Scholarships are provided for the education of deserving nursing students.
The hospital was established because of a felt need of the people and it continues to be so, in spite of the competition from the super specialty hospitals. IHMH function as a general hospital, which renders its services to the ordinary and poor people.