The Archdiocese of Thrissur was bifurcated in order to have better coordination and to attend to the pastoral needs of the people which was the background of instituting the diocese of Irinjalakuda. The new diocese was instituted in the year 1978 and Mar James Pazhayattil was appointed as its first Bishop. At that time there were no hospitals and not even a dispensary under the administrative set up of Irinjalakuda diocese. As time went waiting for nobody, an occasion came up to remember and celebrate the sacerdotal Silver Jubilee of Bishop Mar James Pazhayattil. A meeting of the selected laities and priests of Irinjalakuda Diocese was called to discuss and finalize a project to commemorate this occasion. The meeting was of opinion that a project which will ultimately benefit the common man, more particularly it should be aimed at to uplift the down trodden, and orphaned. After long discussions and lengthy deliberations the novel idea of setting up a hospital was accepted by the committee.
Thereafter a committee was formed to find out the best place to locate the hospital. After seeing so many sights the committee recommended the present place to locate the hospital. Immediately, thereafter, a Trust was formed to implement the above scheme and Rev. Fr. Thomas Panjikkaran who was the vicar of St.Joseph’s church, North Chalakudy was appointed as the founder director of the hospital.
The civil work was started in the year 1986. The foundation stone of St.James Hospital was blessed by the then Pope John Paul II on 7th February, 1986 and laid by Mar James Pazhayattil on 10th September of the same year. The hospital was inaugurated on 10th of September 1989 by Mar Antony Padiyara, Cardinal and Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly.
St.James hospital is a multi super speciality hospital where a competent team of specialists and super specialists join together with the support of sophisticated technology to deliver high quality medical and health care protection. Our hospital is equipped with all the latest communication facilities like telephone, fax and internet that afford easy access to patients across the glove. It puts at ease the patients anxiety relating to his travel and stay.