Dr. Lydia Colaco B.A., M.D., D.G.O., F.R.C.S., M.R.C.O.G., started the COLACO HOSPITAL, a unit of I.C.M.C.H. Trust in the year 1955. She was South India’s highest qualified lady medical practitioner. The Hospital is the first private hospital of Mangalore. In her career spanning 50 years, she conducted more than 25,000 child deliveries, most of which were challenging. Her dedication, talent and fame spread across the Konkan and Malabar Coast. In her twilight years she donated the Hospital complex to the Isidore Colaco Memorial Charitable Hospital Trust.