The Little Big Hospital on the Hill

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It began with the simple wish to provide quality healthcare for cancer patients from all walks of life.

The Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital (MMCH) in Fettes Park, Tanjung Bungah, gets the “Mount” in its name from the hill it sits on, while “Miriam” refers to Mother Mary. Six Roman Catholic nuns from the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM), driven by determination, compassion and, above all, a divine calling to serve and care for humanity, laid the foundation for the institution.

They took over the task in 1969 from the French Sisters of the Foreign Missions, popularly known as “Grey Sisters”. These Sisters were initially invited to work on the hospital project in 1963 by the first Bishop of Penang, the late Rt. Rev. Monsignor Francis Chan, but circumstance worked against them and they were unable to fulfil the task.


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