Sankeshwar Mission Hospital, Sankeshwar, Belgaum, Karnataka.
Sankeshwar Mission Hospital (SMH) was started by British Missionary Dr. George Henderson in 1923. He was not a Doctor to begin with. Mr. George Henderson went to study medicine and received his certificate and as a qualified Doctor he was led by the Lord to start SMH. (SMH) is the oldest hospital in Sankeshwar and perhaps even in Hukkeri district of Karnataka, entering its 97th year in the service of the rural patients covering 360 villages in and around Sankeshwar. It was a center for leprosy treatment and rehabilitation, and still continues to give treatment to the new and old leprosy patients of the area. From 2001 onwards only sponsored candidates (2 yrs. Period) managed the hospital with the help of Ms. Miriam Keyse who is a registered Nurse from UK. At present the hospital is concentrating on community based work, it is manned by a dedicated staff of 19 including the Christian Doctor couple Dr. Anil Arlikatti Medical Superintendent & Consultant Surgeonand Dr. Shanthi Arlikatti Consultant-Obstetrics & Gynecology from June 2016. It has a daily clinic from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm with two full term doctors. The old dilapidated structures have been demolished and a medium size hospital building was constructed, the Hospital is now having services of Senior Doctor round-the-clock. Specialist’s doctors are also made available on week days as per appointments. SMH is a 25-bedded hospital with facilities such as O.T, Lab, X-ray, Pharmacy etc. No doubt the multispecialty hospital came up and started functioning. But patient load is steadily started increasing in SMH and is still growing from 450 to 800 per month at present. Mr. Abraham Mathew is the Chairman of the SMH Trust.