History of the Hospital

1947 - The Beginning

The McNutts in 1948.
Front: Gayle, 4 years
Second row l-r: Mel, Marita F.
Third row l-r: David, 7 years; Marita J. 12 years; Dennis 11 years.

1948 - The Bungalow

The Governor also offered the house in Saboba, the young British Colonial officer was building, to be used as the missionary's residence. Later when the Mission truck approached Saboba with the supplies, and equipment, the truck carrying the the Colonial Officer officer, had to move off the road to let them by. He had slept in his new house only one night. He had vowed missionaries would never live and work in Saboba. The McNutts were privileged to be the first American family to live in that house 

1949 - First Clinic Opens

A U. S. World War II surplus building donated to the Assemblies of God. Set up by Leonard McNutt. 

1948-1949 Early Pictures of Patients

Mrs. McNutt

The Regional doctor gave Mrs. McNutt directions on how to treat the wounds. She also treated patients during the spinal meningitis epidemic in 1948. 

Young Patients

Treatments for Yaws on patient's legs.

Adult Patients

Several afternoons a week Mrs. McNutt would clean and bandage wounds of patients. 

John and Ammona Sue Goodwin and family

John and Ammona Sue Goodwin and family

The Goodwin family served in Saboba in 1984. John's  parents Homer and Thelma Goodwin, and Ammona Sue's parents, Franklyn and Aniece McCorkle  served in several locations in Ghana.

The medical center began in 1949 as a mother/child clinic, commissioned by the Foreign Missions Department of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Mo. The first building was built by Melvin Mc Nutt.  The Mc Nutts were the first white family to live in Saboba.

The hospital grew over the years under the leadership of  the following staff: Mel and Marita Mc Nutt    1948- 1949  

Ruby Johnson         1949-1953  

Ozella Reid             1949-1953              Ann Symonds , RN   1953-1954   
Becky Davison, RN    1953-1954        
Naomi, RN, Dewey Hale  1953-1955
Helen Kopp , RN    1954- Jan 1957
Charlese Spencer , RN  1954- Oct 1957  Ruby Johnson, RN     1957-1973
Penny Scott, RN         1958-1961
Eloise Smith, RN         1958-1977
Ann Symonds, RN       1960-1977
Becky Davison, RN      1960-1977
Charlese Spencer, RN   1967-1971
Ann Fisher, RN             1968-1971
Jean Webster, RN         1975-1978
Jeanette Boteler , RN    1978
SMC  was closed     1978 -1981       
John Goodwin        1981-1993
Joseph Wumbee      1981- present
Sam Dunyo, MD   First Doctor    1991
Jean Young, MD   1992-1996  
Charles Talan, R.N.   1992-1996
Mercy Obeng, RN        1994-2001
Gert Blauw, MD-Gerda Blauw  RN   1996-2001
Stephen Ogbordjor, MD  1997
Heinrich Blum , MD  2001-2002
Jean Young, MD       2004- Present
Lord Conrad M.A.     

Dr. Samuel Sulemana Medical Superintendent

Mr. Samuel Odonkor, General Manager

From its humble beginnings The Saboba Medical Centre  has  become a significant  medical institution  and is now the Regional District hospital for  the Saboba - Cheriponi region  of Northern Ghana. It has grown to a sixty  bed hospital, a Primary Health Care Clinic, an Out patient Clinic, a laboratory, and a pharmacy.

Saboba, Gold Coast by John Goodwin

Saboba, Gold Coast
October 27, 2010 by John Goodwin

In early 1945, my father (H. T. Goodwin) made a trip into Konkomba land to call on the converts from his previous trips. By now he was driving a U. S. military surplus jeep obtained from the U.S. Air Force Base in Accra, Ghana. When he arrived in Saboba, he went directly to the Chief’s compound where he always stayed. He was informed of the presence of a young British Colonial officer who had come to stay and was building a residence near by. The next morning as my father was leaving Saboba to continue on to Bawku, he stopped to pay his respects. The young officer informed him that it would be his last trip to Saboba. Shocked, he asked why. The officer told him he had decided that the Komkombas were still in a primitive, indigenous state and were to be preserved as an undisturbed anthropological exhibit. Therefore, no missionaries or any other outside influence would be allowed in. One Saturday afternoon not long after that, my father was walking along the beach in Accra when a British gentleman fell into step with him and they began to visit. As they did so, the gentleman expressed interest and began to ask questions about his work in the Gold Coast. Because the Saboba incident was fresh and disturbing to him, he related the details. As they said their goodbyes, he asked my father to come see him in his office. When asked where that was, he said that he was the secretary to the Governor of the Colony. When my father arrived at the governor’s office the next week, the secretary had already discussed the situation with him and he had just one question: ―Can you promise to establish a Health Post in Saboba and bring nurses in to minister to the physical needs of the Konkomba people? Of course my father’s reply was yes. He immediately sent urgent messages to his mission agency for missionary nurses to be recruited, then went to the commanding officer at the U. S. Air Base in Accra and requested supplies and equipment. Because the base was closing, the equipment he requested was quickly given, along with Quonset huts (movable buildings used by the military) to be used as the initial clinic buildings. The governor’s offer included the house that the young British officer was building for himself. It was to be used as the missionary nurses’ residence. As the Mission truck approached Saboba with the supplies, equipment and household furniture, the truck carrying the belongings of the young officer had to move off the road to let them by. He had slept in his new house only one night.

More to come