Saint Elisabeth Semarang

The mission hospital Saint Elisabeth at Semarang was founded in 1927 as a general hospital by the Roman Catholic congregation Franciscan Sisters of Heythuysen Missieziekenhuis Sint Elizabeth. See Jan Willemsen, Van tentoonstelling tot wereldorganisatie, 94. See also Dutch Missionary Activities, an oral history project of the University of Nijmegen concerning religious sisters and brothers who worked in the mission fields of the Roman Catholic Church. Pages 120-121 Interview 84 with M.J. Elfrink (sister Florentia) KMM file nr. 146: Sister Florentia worked as a nurse in the hospital at Semarang from 1931-1977. From the website of the Rumah Sakit Saint Elisabeth, Semarang:

At that time, Semarang City had 2 hospitals, namely Centraal Burgerlijk Ziekenhuis (CBZ) which was a government hospital (now Dr. Kariadi Hospital) and Juliana Ziekenhuis which was a private hospital (now Bhakti Wira Tamtama Hospital). At that time, the two hospitals were no longer able to accommodate the increasing number of sick people. Moreover, with the existence of various types of disease outbreaks that often hit the city of Semarang and claimed many lives, with strong determination and strong conviction, the OSF sisters are trying to realize their goal, namely to establish a Catholic hospital in the city of Semarang. This was the way it was on the eve of the half century anniversary of the founding of the congregation of the Sisters of St. In Indonesia, the Franciscan Sisters collect funds from scholars, the municipal government of Semarang as well as from the center of the Sisters of St. Francis. On September 3, 1923, the funds were used to buy a 34,000 m2 plot of former Chinese cemetery in the hilly area of ​​the new temple, with a very beautiful view, a quiet area. The construction of the hospital building was not without difficulties, since the groundbreaking on March 9, 1926 by Mgr. APF Van Velsen SJ, the construction was carried out by 3 contractors, namely Ir. Karsten, Ir. Zoetmulder, Ir. Peter and Ir. Keliverda. The price of building materials experienced a tremendous increase during the construction of Ir. Kersten, so that a substantial additional fund was required. Thanks to God’s grace the building construction could be completed on August 8, 1927. Various preparations for the inauguration were carried out, among others by placing 50 beds and other equipment. Coinciding with the party of St. Lucas as the patron of the medical profession on October 18, 1927, RS St. Elisabeth was officially opened by Mgr. Van Velsen, SJ accompanied by Rm. P. Hoeberechts, SJ and Semarang Resident Van Gulk.

During the Japanese occupation, St. Elisabeth was taken over and made into a military office. The Dutch sisters were taken prisoner and 9 of them died in the camp.  St. Elisabeth was handed back on September 1, 1945, in a state of disarray and lack of manpower. Witnessing this fact, the sisters had to work hard. Officially on September 3, 1945 Sr. Charitas Lammerink together with 2 other sisters started hospital work again Semarang had many hospitals in the city itself but also in the surrounding region. It was the capital of the Residency with the same name in the province of Central Java. Semarang was also the capital of the province of Central Java. It is the main seaport. It has a municipal council with a mayor and has 218,000 inhabitants, of whom almost 12,600 Europeans and 27,500 Chinese (Gonggryp 1934, 1287-1288).

Nowadays, the hospital is called: Rumah Sakit Umum St.Elisabeth, Semarang. The hospital is situated on the Jalan Kawi no. 1 at Semarang. Coordinates: Latitude: -7,01 and Longitude: 110,42. The hospital is classified as a category B hospital (reg.code: 3374021) and has 296 beds.