St. Luke's Hospital, Nazareth

St. Luke's Hospital is a private, Christian, minority-run hospital in Nazareth, Tamil Nadu, India. It is administered by the C.S.I. Thoothukudi–Nazareth Diocese.

St. Luke's Hospital, Nazareth
LocationNazareth, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates8°33′31″N 77°58′13″E / 8.558513°N 77.970353°E / 8.558513; 77.970353Coordinates: 8°33′31″N 77°58′13″E / 8.558513°N 77.970353°E / 8.558513; 77.970353
ListsHospitals in India


The hospital was established in 1870 by the first qualified doctor of Christian Mission in India,[1] Rev. Dr. J. M. Strachan MD. of Edinburgh, Scotland, a S.P.G. missionary dedicated to serving the poor and needy.[2] Dr. Strachan worked in various parts of South India before opening the full-time regular medical mission at Nazareth.

Later on, Strachan was appointed as the Secretary of the Madras Diocesan Committee of S.P.G. (1874-1879) and then as Bishop of Rangoon in the year 1882. The hospital's administration was assumed by doctor and surgeon Rev. Arthur Margoschis, who christened the hospital with its present name on St. Luke's Day, 18 October 1892.[3][4][5][6] Margoschis attended the hospital for two hours each day. A fee of one penny was charged for medicine and advice.[7]


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  2. ^ Office of the Surgeon General, Indian Medical Department (1872). "Reports on civil dispensaries": 54,55,56. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Nazareth, St.Luke's. "St. Luke's Hospital at Nazareth".
  4. ^ Nazareth, St.Luke's Hospital. "St.Luke's Hospital".
  5. ^ Vellore, Christian Medical College. "ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL NAZARETH".
  6. ^ Parish Magazine, Stinchcombe (1880). "Parish Magazine". The Parish Magazine for Berkeley, Coaley, Dursley, King-Stanley, Stinchcombe, and Uley-cum-Owlpen.
  7. ^ Allen, William Osborne Bird (1885). A parson's holiday : being an account of a tour in India, Burma, and Ceylon, in the winter of 1882-83. University of California Libraries: Tenby : F. B. Mason. p. 195.

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