Santa Maria Bambina Hospital

Many psychiatric hospitals were founded in the south of Italy during the first half of the twentieth century by the will of Pasquale Uva, a priest born in Bisceglie.

After the foundation of the Casa Della Divina Provvidenza in Bisceglie (1921) and the foundation of the religious order called Congregazione delle Ancelle della Divina Provvidenza (1922), on July 22, 1945 was celebrated the laying of the cornerstone of Santa Maria Bambina Hospital, on the road that connect the two cities of Lucera and Foggia. The hospital started its activity on March 3, 1949 with the arrival of 20 women and 20 men from the psychiatric hospital of Bisceglie. The completion of hospital structure dates back to 1950.

THE HOSPITAL AT THE BEGINNING:

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Actually the Hospital is spread over 214.000 square metres and it has about 740 beds divided between Alzheimer units, rehabilitation centres, Nursing homes and Ortofrenic istitutes.

THE HOSPITAL NOW

The outer perimeter of the Hospital and its entry.

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At the entrance of the Hospital there is Pasquale Uva's memorial tablet.

In the garden of the Hospital, there is Don Pasquale Uva's Bust.

Hospital departments.

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The hospital chapel.

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The mortuary.

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Inside the hospital: Don Uva's picture.

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  • Photos by Maria Silvestre (October 2011)

Bibliography

  • Salvatore Garofalo, La più difficile carità. Il servo di Dio Don Pasquale Uva, Litonova, Gorle (BG), 1995
  • Nicola Gori, La fantasia della carità,edizioni San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo 2010
  • Giuseppe Dell'Olio, Cristo ebbe bisogno di lui, tipografia Poliglotta Vaticana 1977, Tav. LIII; Tav. LIV; Tav. LV.


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