The Palakkad District Co-operative Hospital and Research Centre Ltd., No. P. 878 was registered on 1-6- 1984 under the Kerala Co-operative Societies Act, 1969 by the then Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Palakkad, Sri. Ambat Ambujaksha Menon and commenced functioning on 26-6-1984, under the leadership of the founder President Sri. C. V. Ramachandran, a veteran co-operator and the former President of the Palakkad District Co-operative Bank Ltd. It is the only Hospital in the Co-operative Sector which caters to the medical needs of the common, downtrodden and unprivileged classes of Palakkad District. After its inception in 1984, it started functioning as a full fledged hospital in 1989, in a rented building in Kalmandapam. As the functioning of the hospital was cramped for want of space for expansion, the management under the able leadership of Sri. K. A. Chandran, Ex. MLA, for more than a decade, shifted the hospital to the present rented building in the heart of the Palakkad Town opposite to the Government District Hospital. At present, the building can provide bed needs to only 120 patients, which is far below the requirements of patients referred to this hospital by doctors, from in and around Palakkad District. Nearly only one fourth of the patients who come to the hospital are getting bed needs. As the management is not in a position to make permanent development activities in the rented building, it strangles the growth of the hospital.
Poor patients who are members of the Co-operative Institutions, which took shares in the Co-operative Hospital, are also given concessions for the treatment received by them from the hospital. The hospital is providing immense service to the people belonging to the lower strata of the society. The good will created by the Institution with its past 29 years of dedicated service to the human community, attracts a large number of patients from the nook and corner of Palakkad District for their medical needs. As the present building could cater medical needs only to one fifth of the people seeking medical attention, the management of the Hospital came up with a concrete plan to have its own Building Complex. This was approved by the General Body of the Hospital held on 1-11-2008. Accordingly the foundation stone of the building complex was laid down by the Honorable Sri. Oommen Chandy, the former Chief Minister of Kerala and the present Opposition Leader of the Kerala Legislative Assembly, in a public function held on 10-11-2008..
The location of the Rajiv Gandhi Co-operative Hospital is, on the 9 acres of land, out of the 34 acres of land owned by the Hospital at Kallekkad, which is situated just 6 kms from Palakkad Town in the Palakkad – Ottappalam Road. This place is served with public bus transportation, autos and taxis and thereby easily accessible to the public. All infrastructural facilities like water, electricity, drainage, telephone etc., are available at the site.
When the Rajiv Gandhi Co-operative Hospital is completed, the Palakkad District Co-operative Hospital and Research Centre will have the following fully operational departments.
Being a hospital, the service provided by the Institution to the down trodden and poor masses worth mentioning. The functioning of a Super Specialty Hospital with modern facilities is attracting a large number of needy patients who have to go to Trissur or Coimbatore for their medical needs. This hospital will provide best medical services for nominal charges, which in turn will be a boon to the poor patients.