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History - We are KHMH!

 

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) came into being in 1995 to replace the Old Belize City Hospital in Belize City. Founded in 1820, the Old Belize City Hospital’s initial purpose was to provide medical services for sick and deprived seamen involved in shipping. In 1871 the hospital later converted to a general hospital and continued with a series of conversions throughout the years, leading to the opening of the new hospital in 1995 and the name change. It was named in honor of Dr. Karl Heusner who was born in Belize on September 6, 1872 to German immigrant parents. He 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 more 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. The hospital receives major funding from the Ministry of Health and is administered by a Board of Governors.

 

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