History of the hospital

The 80-year history of Berettyóújfalu’s hospital is a story of surviving, constant development and accomodating of local tasks. The beginning was marked by a bad sign; 28 October 1928, the opening date almost coincided with the Great Depression.

Tragic historical circumstances split Bihar county into two parts and left the smaller one and its 180000 inhabitants without a hospital. This situation gave reason for establishing a new health care centre. According to Kornél Soltz at the Ministry of Natioanl Welfare, the new institution was to be responsible for hospital care, outpatient care, and all regional needs.

Since opening the hospital has faced some special difficulties. The disproportion between regional poverty and undevelopment, and the number of beds for example, – 106 beds for 189000 inhabitants. The accomodated territory lay between Sarkad and Létavértes. Fulfilling the tasks in these circumstances were impossible.

The first head physician manager was Dr. Géza Böszörményi Nagy. Internal and surgery departments shared the 106 beds. Dr. Böszörményi urged to build a new hospital wing with 200 beds. At that time the the institute sustained itself from patients and the state. During the financial crisis it was difficult to gather care fees so saving money became initial. The epiedemic centre had to be closed for several months.

In ten years the management achieved a rise in the number of beds up to 168. There were 40 beds for the internal department, 44 for surgery, 45 for obsterics, 16 for children, and 41 for pulmonary patients. The first ambulance station was founded.

Dr. Pál Fényes became director in 1928. He stabilised the economical and professional situation. As the battle line approached in 1944 the hospital was evacuated by th Internal Ministry. The equipment was packed and transported to Mátészalka and was returned almost entirely in 1945. Unfortunately the building was bombed hard and it took 3 years to renovate it.

In 1945 dr. László Szabó became the new director and Dr. Fényes was declared a „class enemy”. Dr. Szabó quit in 1950. His place was taken by Dr. István Makó with his adjutant Sándor Zálogh. He was an excwllwnt leadre and had well-known professional skills. As he took his position he fuonded the country’s first clninc. Its first manages was Dr. József Török. During his leadership the number of beds in the hospital kept growing;in 1960 there were 224, in 1970 496 and by 1975 there were 653 of them. In 1965 opened the new clinic with 17 new positions and was finished the renovation of the old buildings. Unfortunately Dr. Makó didn’ live to see this; he dropped dead in his office of a heart attack. We keep his memory.

After Dr. István Székely, in 1967 Dr. Ferenc Bartha became the director of the hospital. Under his leadership there were flats and hostels built for staff, a kindergarten opened, while psychiatry and pulmonology departments were set up. He took part in establishing Hungarian Hospital Association, helped organize lively scientific life, cultural and sports events. The hospital itself bacame more and more involved in medical education while attracted highly estimated personalities.

The importance of prevention and rehabilitation beside actual treatments has been a vitaltheory for the hospital ever since.

In our development program „1985-1995” we fulfilled the tasks of establishing a new IC unit, urology department, a central sterilizer. The IT system was set up mainly from private financial help. Our goal remains improve our professional services while optimizing the use of financial opportunities.