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This hospital has been established early in the 1920s. The mission hospital Charitas at Palembang was founded by the Roman Catholic congregation Sisters of Charity of Tilburg (SCMM). The hospital was established on the Talang Djawa in 1926. (See Grote Atlas van NOI, p. 174).
The last known address is Jalan Jendral Sudiman n. 1054 and the recent name is Rumah Sakit RK Charitas. (Coordinates: Latitude: -2,98 and Longitude: 104,75).
The hospital is classified as a category B hospital (reg.code 1671050) and recently had a bed capacity of 313 beds. The hospital employs some 1500 employees, of whom 182 doctors, 527 nurses, 76 midwives and 747 employees of other disciplines.
The website of the hospital is : http://www.charitashospital.com.
The history of the hospital is reported thus (Google translated and shortened):
On July 9th, five Sisters from the Congregation Charitas Roosendaal arrived in Palembang. They are: 1. Sister Raymunda
Hermans, 2. Sister Willhelmina Blesgraaf, 3. Sister Caecilia Luyten, 4. Sr Alacoque van der Linden, 5. Sister Chatarina
Koning. So with the spirit of the ideals of the founders of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis Charitas
"namely in joy, simplicity and especially in love to help others, while praying and sacrificing themselves, it shows
the joy of life among the sick and the needy" the five sisters started their work in Indonesia precisely in the mission
area of the city of Palembang, having its address at Jalan Jenderal Sudirman next to St. Church. Yoseph
(Frateran Mother of the Sacred Heart) at this Time, General Sudirman / frateran now. This hospital is very simple to
accommodate 14-16 sufferers, who at that time were mostly people who did not understand about hospitalization in the
hospital, so the number of beds that were only a few were often empty. To expand their ministry they made home visits. So, every day two sisters go in and out of the alleys around the city of
Palembang. Geographically, Palembang is a city of water, with lots of swamps, so that at that time many alleys were
still connected with only a single bamboo. Nevertheless, the Sisters continue to carry out their duties diligently and
energetically for the benefit of society and the church. The work of the Charitas Sisters in Palembang is growing and there are ten more Sisters from the Charitas Congregation in
Roosendaal Holland, so it is felt that a new hospital is needed. By the leadership of Sister Charitas, a plot of land was
chosen which was located at an altitude at that time far from the city crowd and quite strategic, this place is indeed
a small mountain in the corner of Palembang, which is the location of the current hospital. In 1937,
the foundation stone was laid, then on January 18, 1938, Mgr. Meckelhot SCJ under the name RK hospital Charitas. Meanwhile,
the old building opposite the hospital was handed over to the Brothers of O.V.L. van Utrecht. The hospital that was founded by the Charitas Sisters is the first hospital in Palembang, has 59 beds. Apart from that, the
hospital visits and delivery services are still carried out by hospital nurses who ride bicycles. During the Japanese occupation the hospital was taken and made the headquarters of the Japanese army. The sisters and
priests were interned / detained in various places. At the time of independence the Charitas hospital was returned
to the Congregation of Charitas Sisters and continued to be renovated until it became the hospital it is today.