Capiz Emmanuel Hospital: Old Photographs

         With the opening of The Health Centrum (THC) next month, we look back at the FIRST hospital established in Capiz – the Capiz Emmanuel Hospital (CEH) which was built by the American Baptist Missionaries in 1908 – one hundred three years ago!  The early years were marked with hardship – and sacrifices by so many dedicated people.

The first hospital building, 1908

Dr. Frederick Meyer, Yale Class 1915

          Dr. Frederick Meyer, a fresh Yale medical graduate in 1915 was recruited by the Baptist missionaries to manage the young hospital that serves the whole of Capiz (which included Aklan during that time).  He married Ruth, a nurse who would later on dedicate her life as well to CEH. 

The hospital veranda


Dr. Frederick and Ruth Meyer

The remodeled hospital, 1914

          World War II was a very dark period in the history of Capiz Emmanuel Hospital.  Dr. & Mrs. Meyer, with some other americans were beheaded by the Japanese near the end of the Japanese occupation.  A sad footnote to the history of this hospital.

Jan. 29, 1941: The CEH Annex building

The last photo of the Meyer couple before their death

Photo credits: Photos from “Capiz History Series Number 1: Capiz Emmanuel Hospital 1908-1943″ by Prof. Milton Walter Meyer, published by the Paige Press (2005)



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