Clara Swain Hospital

The Clara Swain Hospital is a hospital located in Bareilly, India. It was founded by Dr. Clara Swain in the early 1870s to provide focused medical care to women and children. Presently, the Clara Swain Hospital remains the "oldest and largest Methodist hospital in India." At the pinnacle of the hospital's career, 350 patient beds were in use, and an active community outreach program was in place. Additionally, it was the lead institution for nursing education in Northern India. However, by 1998, the hospital had acquired great debt and had only 30 patients in attendance. Subsequently, debate sprung over the decision to officially close the hospital, under the Methodist Church in India.[1]

Clara Swain Hospital
LocationBareilly, India
Openedearly 1870s
ListsHospitals in India


Efforts to revive the hospital were supported by the newly assigned hospital director, Lillian Wallace, and a qualification for a hospital revitalization program, funded by the General Board of Global Ministries.[2] As a result, in 2001, it was reported that the hospital had undergone several renewal projects and as well as an increase in medical equipment, staff, and patients. Additionally, a separate grant was provided by the Women's Division[3] of the General Board of Global Ministries to augment the nursing school's facilities. As of 2006, the hospital has designated a wing to diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS patients.[1][4]

The hospital was taken on lease by a prominent businessman and was revamped in 2011 under the guidance of Mr. Umesh Gautam, the chancellor of Invertis University, Bareilly.


  1. ^ a b "Church's Hospitals Promote Healing in India". United Methodist Communications. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  2. ^ "General Board of Global Ministries". Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Women's Division". Archived from the original on 5 May 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Reviving Methodist Church Hospitals in Africa and Asia". New World Outlook. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.

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