St. Paul's Hospital, Causeway Bay (aka The French Hospital) [1918- ]
The Hospital website gives a brief history of the hospital:
St. Paul's Hospital is run by the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres Order. It started its medical mission in 1898 by looking after the poor and the underprivileged in Wan Chai and Happy Valley. The Hospital now consists of New and Old Wings. The Old Wing was founded in 1916 and was formally named as St. Paul's Hospital in 1918. The New Wing was founded in 1976. The hospital has over 400 beds with well over 30 departments to provide a comprehensive medical service to the public.
In response to the request of Monsignor Augustin Forcade, perfect Apostolic of Hong Kong as well as Bishop of Samos and Vicar Apostolic of Japan, four Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres arrived in Hong Kong on 12 September 1848, after a perilous four months' journey by sea from France. Beginning immediately their holy mission of saving souls for God and serving the poor, the Sisters established the “Asile de la Sainte Enfance” in Wanchai looking after abandoned babies. Later on, their service expanded to education and health care.
When plague ravaged Hong Kong in 1894, many poor children and old women came to the orphanage to look for shelter and care. The Sister used their wits to improvise lodgings for them. Little by little a hospital and a hospice began to take shape.
By the beginning of this century, the Asile de la Sainte Enfance had reached its maximum capacity. To relieve the heavy patient-load in Wanchai, an extension of the hospital called, “Le Calvaire”, was opened in Happy Valley.
In 1916 the whole establishment of the Sister in Wanchai began its gradual transfer to Causeway Bay. The hospital, being the last one to move, was housed in temporary quarters until the hospital building was ready. It was only on 24 March 1918 that it was finally blessed by the Bishop, Mgr. D. Pozzoni. The hospital continues its service to this day, 100 years later.
In documents from / about the WW2 period, it is often referred to as the 'French Hospital", eg:
St Paul's Hospital at Causeway Bay (also known as the French Hospital) was hit by more than 200 shells [during the fighting]. The building still exists. [It still existed when Tony wrote the book in 2004, but as T points out below it has since been re-developed.]
- From 'Not the Slightest Chance', by Tony Banham.