Yuka Adventist Hospital (ZM)

A 77-bed hospital operated by the Zambia Union, situated in western Zambia, 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the Zambesi River. Yuka started in 1935 as a small dispensary of the Liumba Hill Mission headed by Petra Hovig. In 1948, because of the massive patient output, a site overlooking the Leute River was selected by Dr. C. Paul Bringle and W. E. Vail for a hospital to serve the medical needs of the peoples from the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, northern Botswana, southern Angola, and Zambia. Building construction was begun by Frederick George Thomas but was cut short because of financial constraints. The Thirteenth Sabbath Offering overflow of 1953 finally helped complete the hospital. This was followed by the arrival of Helen Furber, the first matron, and Dr. C. J. Birkenstock, the first me...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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