Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 8:22 am CST.
By BBN Staff: On September 15th, 2020, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) commemorated it’s 25th Anniversary.
The hospital first opened its doors in 1995 replacing the Old Belize City Hospital.
The Old Belize City’s Hospital was founded in 1820 and its initial purpose was to provide medical services for sick and deprived seamen involved in shipping.
The hospital converted to a general hospital in 1871. Then in 1995, the name was changed and named in honor of Dr. Karl Heusner who was born in Belize on September 6, 1872 to German immigrant parents.
Dr. Heusner was known throughout the Caribbean and Latin America for his expertise in tropical diseases.
During his career, he made extensive use of herbal remedies and local plants as well as conventional drugs.
KHMH was formally incorporated as a statutory authority by way of the KHMH Act of 2000, which designated it as the country’s national referral hospital.
Today, KHMH is the country’s flagship hospital providing tertiary care for the entire country and serving as the secondary care hospital for the Central Health Region.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the KHMH has been equipped with a COVID-19 ICU to treat patients.
The hospital receives major funding from the Ministry of Health and is administered by a Board of Governors.
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