At T.C. Palya, more than the education, the local people needed a clinic. Taking into account this dire need, our apostolate was extended to the medical field. Mother Josepha, the then superior of the school community was kind enough to set aside the small building for the dispensary. Thus, on 14th January 1973, a small Health Care centre was started. It was blessed by Fr. Louis Di Fiore, the then Rector of Kristu Jyothi College. Fr. Lawrence Noronha the parish priest of St. Antony’s church gave the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Sr. Martin a trained nurse was put in charge of this centre. This centre caters to the health of the poor people distributed in 12 villages around Thambuchetty Palya (to name a few Bhattarahalli, Basavanapura, Halehalli, Ananadapura, Kithakanur etc). It was realized that the dispensary was too small to carry out the required activities. Thus, on 12th November 1974, the foundation stone laid for the new building. The considerable financial support extended by Fr. Di Fiore through the Social Service Guild (SSG). It is with gratitude and love we recall his helping hands. On 8th September 1975, a modest building was put up, which was blessed by Archbishop Packiam Arokiaswamy. New programs such as OPD, IPD, Mobile Clinic, visiting the sick, care of the orphans in the crèche, helping the babies below 3 years of age in the villages run by SSG (Social Service Guild) and ANC (Auxiliary Nursing Care) program on Sundays etc were introduced.
In 1991, the staff sisters expressed the need for a Laboratory, X-Ray block, Staff quarters, special wards, recovery room, maternity ward, antenatal room and a chapel. Mother Margaret Mary, the Superior General, with the consent of her council decided to have the extension of the dispensary building. The construction was completed and was blessed on 23rd June, 1993 by Fr. P.T. Thomas SDB.
From 1973 to 1981 the Shanthi Nialya sisters were part and parcel of the school community. From 1981-1989, they were part of Novitiate community. From 1989 to 1996, they were part of the school community. From 1996 to 2003, they were part of the Provincialate community. On 30th June, 2003, this centre became an independent community with Srs. Lydia, Mary Emmanuel, Rose Mary and Shanty Thomas. The vehicle shed and driver’s room were converted into kitchen and dining hall. It was blessed by Fr. Dominic Veliath SDB. Shanthinilaya Health Centre continues to offer its service keeping in mind the poor stratum of the people.
Shanthinilaya T. C. Palaya K. R. Puram P. O Bengaluru-560036 Ph.no. – 080-28474162