It is with great pleasure and gratitude to God we record our sincere appreciation to Dr Samuel Fyske Green who founded Green Memorial Hospital in the year 1848. The hospital is now run by the Jaffna Diocese of Church of South India. Dr Samuel Fiske Green was a young medical graduate from New York, United States, born on October 10, 1822 in America to Mr and Mrs William E Green. On completion of his school education he worked as a clerical assistant and due to his inborn talent, he resigned from his job in 1841 and concentrated on medical studies. He gained a vast knowledge in medicine and surgery by way of associating with eminent doctors in America. Thereafter, he joined a prestigious medical college in America and passed out as a doctor in 1845. Within a short time period, he got a job as a surgeon in New York. But, his main aim was engage in missionary work, which led him to Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
Dr. Green translated several Western books in to Tamil and also taught Western medicine in Tamil. In 1856, he wrote a Tamil book on gynecology which is a notable work of him. Dr Green was instrumental in starting the first ever medical school in Ceylon. Green Memorial Hospital which is known to many as GMH continues to fulfill the vision of Dr Green by providing free medical clinics through the Centre for Holistic Healing (CHH). Doctors, nurses and other staff join this great services of CHH in the Vanni area where medical facilities are scarce. The “Friends of Manipay” which is based in the UK and led by Dr Jeyantha Arnold support the continued and enhanced services at GMH. We are also grateful to Dr. Ambikaipahan who initiated a biography of Dr. Green and to Dr. Arumugam who published this excellent book. The diocese is now in the process of further developments of medical services including training of medical personnel in consultation with a team of doctors from abroad.