Hospital Building and Dr. Rebecca Parish, Founder
Rebuilt Hospital Building
Miniature Sheets of 8 (5,000)
Dorothy Grace B. Daroy
Designer: Victorino Z. Severo
Richard Allen Baron
Layout Artist: Alfonso V.
First Day Covers: Manila
Mary Johnston Hospital
The Mary Johnston Hospital is one of the historical landmarks in
the city of Manila. Founded in 1906 by Dr. Rebecca Parish, a
Methodist missionary from Indiana, USA, the two- story building
built in 1908 housing 55 patients has been rebuilt into a 150-bed
more modern building. As it celebrates its Centennial in 2006, MJH
continues to share Christ's healing love to all patients regardless
of color, creed, financial capability or political persuasion. To
its dedicated staff, healing can only come from caring in the Spirit
of the Great Physician.
The hospital that we are
serving today began on December 10, 1906, as a small clinic, the
Dispensaria Betana in a Bible School for women along Rizal Avenue in
Sta. Cruz, Manila. The room was offered by the principal of the
Bible school at the request of Dr. Rebecca Parish, a missionary
doctor from Indiana, USA.
The clinic had Dr. Parish
as the doctor, and along with her were three young Filipinas loaned
from the Bible School to assist her. For equipment, they had a desk,
a chair with three legs, an enameled bowl, and a pitcher with most
of the enamel off. As crude as the clinic was, it overflowed with
patients everyday. The password was simply, "May sakit po ako"
(Please, I am sick).
The hospital transferred to
its present site in 1908. The cost of the lot and the first building
was paid from a gift of $12,500 given by Mr. Daniel S.B. Johnston, a
Methodist layman from St. Paul, Minnesota as a memorial for his late
missionary wife, Mrs. Mary Johnston. The hospital was better known
then as a maternity and children's hospital.
At the outbreak of World
War II, the hospital became an emergency hospital where the wounded
from the war were hospitalized. On February 5, 1945, the hospital
succumbed to the fires. All was burned except the skeleton of a
concrete porch upon which still hung the sign untouched by the fire,
"Mary Johnston Hospital". To the staff, this became a symbol of
things to come, that out of the ruins of what was once the hospital
would arise a bigger and better hospital.
The present building was
inaugurated on August 26, 1950 at which no less than the late
President Elpidio Quirino was the guest speaker. To quote from Pres.
Quirino's address at that time of the inauguration, "I wish there
were more hospital's in the country that could render as much
service as this hospital has rendered".
Mary Johnston Hospital today still continues to
pursue the mission of Dr. Parrish. Undaunted by the high cost of
medical service, she nevertheless persists in providing the best
service available. As it was in Dr. Parish's time, MJH today accepts
all who come to her, whatever color, creed, religion or political
persuasion. Even with the very limited resources at hand, she
strives to give the best service she can afford, the reason why she
has always been known for quality service. Her staff are dedicated
people, committed to the cause of love expressed concretely in