Dr Nalla G Palaniswamiâa Doctor, Educationist and Philanthropistâ was born on March 15, 1941 in a small village called Nallampatti, in Erode district to ThiruNalla Gounder and Ilayammal, in the agricultural family of eight children. He is the only one in his family who went for education. After studying in Nallampatti Elementary School and Board High School, Perundurai, he joined P S G Arts & Science College in Coimbatore and then went to Stanley Medical College at Madras (Chennai) in 1961.
Dr Palaniswami did MBBS and MD from the same college between 1961 and 1972 and later served as a Lecturer of Medicine at Coimbatore Medical College in the year 1973 1975. After his fathers demise, Dr Palaniswami went to the USA in May 1975 for higher studies in Medicine. He completed higher training in Internal Medicine at Cincinnati, Ohio and Wayne State University at Detroit, Michigan, USA during 1975- 1978. He undertook fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan during 1983-1985. He worked as internist at St. Joseph Hospital, Mt. Clements, Michigan, USA in the year 19781983. He also served the Department of Hypertension, Obesity and Risk Factor, Wayne State University at Detroit, Michigan, USA during 1985-1990.
Having conceived the idea of establishing a hospital in India at par with the US hospitals, Dr Palaniswami began working on the project of Kovai Medical Center & Hospital at Coimbatore in 1985. KMCH was established and started functioning from June 1990 with the help of NRIs from the USA, the UK, Australia, Middle East and people from India. KMCH is serving the community with dedication and commitment for past two-and-a-half decades. Starting with 200 beds, the hospital is now 750- bed super specialty hospital and offering treatment of all kinds of medical ailments under one roof. It has recently added 200-bed advanced cancer treatment facility.
Good health and education are vital needs of the nation. To give a good health services requires good trained paramedical people. To achieve the goal, KMCH started paramedical colleges. Subsequently, for a good citizenship and education, other educational institutions were also started. The institutions are:
- KMCH College of Nursing
- KMCH College of Physiotherapy
- KMCH College of Occupational Therapy
- KMCH College of Pharmacy
- Dr NGP Arts & Science College
- Dr NGP College of Education
- Dr NGP Teacher Training Institute
- Dr NGP Institute of Technology
- KMCH Institute of Health Sciences
- THE NGP School
- Service to Community
KMCH has set up community rural and women centers to serve the poor and needy in association with Rotary Clubs and St. John service organisations. KMCH has also established trauma centres and first aid centers in Coimbatore and Erode. In the USA, Dr Palaniswami as a Director of Tamil Nadu Foundation started the Rural Health and Sanitation programme and for Tamil Nadu he has established a model sanitary programme at Naduvalasu Nallampatti village in Erode.
He has also built a school building worth Rs 1 crore for the Government Higher Secondary School at Nallampatti in Erode district. He has helped building toilets in several schools.
Dr Palaniswami has helped renovate temples, especially for the Dalit, in Coimbatore and Erode villages. To train the villagers and make them familiar with sanitation habit, he has established model latrines and model education programme to use foot wares and inculcate cleanliness among the villagers.
KMCH group is also offering scholarships to the students of schools at Nallampatti and Perundurai since 1977. Many students are being given free education and scholarships in various educational institutions.
In the name of Kalapatti Nalam Arakattalai, Athma crematorium has been established at a cost of Rs 3 crore in Kalapatti village and functioning since 2014.
Dr Palaniswamis mission is to serve the people of India in the realm of health care. To serve the people with cancer, comprehensive cancer center was established in the year 2012. Now he devotes his attention to poor women with cancer. Creating awareness about cancer among the public is his goal.