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Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body. ~Cicero.
Bhaktivedanta Hospital was established not just to meet the health needs of the burgeoning suburban residents of the Mira Road area of Mumbai but also give solace for their mind and spirit. A non-profit organization supported by philanthropic donors, it extends its services to the society in form of subsidized treatment of the underprivileged, an active role in treatment of disaster victims and free health camps for the needy.
The hospital began in 1986 with the vision of a small team of dedicated doctors. This group took medical camps to many areas of Maharashtra to serve those with no access to modern medical care. After years of providing treatment to thousands of patients, ‘Sri Chaitanya Clinic’ was established – a 7-bed clinic on Mira Road on the outskirts of Thane (India). The small clinic has since evolved into the Bhaktivedanta Hospital, a state-of-the-art six story facility with hundreds of staff members and consultants offering a vast array of medical options. The hospital regularly augments its equipment, infrastructure and services to keep pace with advances in technology and the medical field.
Bhaktivedanta Hospital firmly believes that, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The spacious and sparklingly clean premises are permeated with ethereal calmness as soothing devotional music plays in the background. Modern medical technology and healthcare is offered with a unique integrated approach to Ayurveda, Homeopathy and other complementary medical therapies. Trained personnel from the dedicated spiritual care department offer counseling, prayers and meditation for the patients and relatives to help them face the trials of disease.
- Free School Children’s Health Care: As per WHO report, India still needs to focus on provision of quality healthcare to children. Poor hygiene, low literacy, poverty and inequality have compounded the problem. Bhaktivedanta Hospital has been conducting health checkup camps in Municipal Schools. These camps have screened over 12,000 children annually. Education and awareness programs for children are also conducted in schools.
- Free Health Care: Annually, around 200 health camps are conducted in various rural and tribal areas across India. Approximately 50,000 persons are screened and treatment is provided to 10,000 persons. Medicines, surgery, food and travel expenses are provided for patients.
- Palliative Care: The Department of Palliative Care treats nearly 200 patients annually for palliative care. These patients who are totally shattered medically, physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually, receive this care free of cost, irrespective of their religious faiths and beliefs. The patient is offered emotional and psychological support, while bereavement care and consolation is provided to the family members. Spiritual counselling which heals the body, mind and the soul is provided for.
- Health Care for Senior Citizens: The objective is to enhance the quality of the life of senior citizens by providing preventive, curative and rehabilitative services which would result in higher life expectancy of the patient. Every senior citizen is treated with tremendous care and respect which enhances their comfort level. Approximately 10,000 patients are screened annually.
- Cancer Care: Lack of awareness, non-availability of timely treatment and poverty have been cited as the major bottlenecks in providing quality cancer care to the patients. Bhaktivedanta Hospital conducts cancer screening camps across locations in Maharashtra and Utter Pradesh. People in villages are educated in cancer awareness through seminars. Free and concessional treatment, which may include surgeries, is provided for the needy. Approximately 10,000 people are screened and 300 are operated annually in rural and tribal areas.
- Cardiac Care: Preventive and curative cardiac care and treatment is provided through cardiac camps. Educative seminars are conducted; free and concessional treatments are provided for the needy. Patients needing further care and attention are brought to the Hospital. The newly inaugurated ‘Heart Centre’ in the hospital is expected to perform approximately 1000 angiographies & angioplasties annually.
- Kidney Care: Chronic kidney disorder is an economic catastrophe, social calamity and a global public health problem. Bhaktivedanta Hospital provides free and concessional dialysis treatment for the needy. The Dialysis Unit treats approximately 8400 patients annually for dialysis.
SERVICES IN 2012-13
Free treatment valued at 20.2 million rupees was given to needy patients
225 free eye camps were conducted in rural and tribal areas. 45,564 patients were screened and 4,650 cataract surgeries were performed
60 free general health camps – cancer, senior citizen and school camps – were conducted in remote areas.
Free dialyses valued at 1.9 million rupees were performed.
“I feel everyone here cares for me as my family member.” – Sameera Shaikh
“This is the best hospital. We have never seen such atmosphere and culture.” – Ram Singh
“This is the best hospital that we have been. Please keep the services and thank you a lot.” – Deodita Fernandes
“I am happy to know that while treatment is provided with the latest available technology, care is taken to ensure that the equipment and automation do not compromise the personal touch provided by the trained doctors, nurses, paramedics, and staff. The hospital’s commitment to provide quality healthcare to everyone, without any discrimination, is commendable.” – Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India
“The work that the Bhaktivedanta hospital has done till now has been tremendous. It is not an ordinary hospital. The people who work in the hospital bring in that little extra service, that little extra spirituality which makes all the difference in the recovery of a patient. I’m also very happy to see the progress that is being made. The hospital has a mission to see that the entire Thane district is free of cataract. And in this initiative I would like to support the hospital as much as I can in terms of providing the equipment and the space that the hospital needs – which I can give.” – Ajay Piramal. Chairman, Pirmal Health Care and Piramal Group
“I could perceive powerful feelings of care and concern permeate the hospital ambience. The mutual respect that the hospital crew had for each other was amazing. Overall, it was a great experience there.” – Dr. Michael Schweppe, Chief of Orthopedic surgery, Northern Dutchess Hospital, NY
“I believe the time is ripe for seeing the BVH model extend to other areas.” – Dr. Robert Charles Powell, Director, Pastoral Society of North America