By Sharukh Vazifdar May 2010 A checklist of spiritual and religious hospitals in India offering medical treatment, holistic healing and spiritual services at a discounted rate Today, hospitals are usually funded by the public sector, by health organizations, health insurance companies or charities, including by direct charitable donations. In history, however, hospitals were often founded and funded by religious orders or charitable individuals, leaders and monarchs. Similarly, modern-day hospitals are largely staffed by professional physicians, surgeons, and nurses, whereas in history, this work usually was performed by the founding religious orders or by volunteers. This commercialisation of the system has limited medicine from being a wholesome path back to well-being to just the well-being of the body in a mechanised clockwork kind of manner.Providing much-needed succour in this overly commercial environment are the hospitals run by spiritual and religious organisations across the country. Whatever their affiliation, most of these institutions prioritise the human being and offer an environment where medical care is combined with spiritual care. Many of them also take an integrated approach to health care, judiciously combining allopathy with alternatives such as yoga and meditation. And very often treatment is offered at a discounted rate.Here we offer a list of such hospitals. The list is by no means exhaustive but will give you an inkling of the kind of services on offer.Name: Evangelical HospitalAddress: Khariar, Orissa, www.khariar.orgAffiliation: Church of North India and Global Ministries, USTreatments available: General surgery, obstetrics, orthopedics, urology, plastic surgery and general medicine, blood bank, paediatrics, ICU. With 150 beds, the hospital treats around 3,500 in-patients and 20,000 out-patients through the yearCost: Although the hospital charges local rates, no patient is turned away for lack of fundsName: Sant Yashpal Charitable HospitalAddress: Dattawadi, NagpurAffiliation: Akhil Bhartiya Santmat SatsangTreatments available: Yearly national immunisation programme, eye camps and disease control camps are organised. Operating theatre, dentistry, gynaecology, heart specialistsCost: Out-patient department medicines are provided free of cost, and other facilities at a discounted costName: Saint Mrijmohan Lal Charitable HospitalAddress: Anangpur, FaridabadTreatments available: Homeopathic clinic, minor surgical procedures, 24-hour emergency servicesSpiritual services: Spiritual satsangs in March/ April and November/ DecemberCost: Homeopathy consultation and medication is free, while charges are nominal for other servicesName: Aravind Eye Care SystemAddress: Coimbatore, Theni, Pondicherry, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Amethi, KolkataAffiliation: Aurobindo AshramTreatments available: Over 2.4 million out-patient cases and 2,85,000 eye surgeries per year attracting patients from all around the worldCost: Discounted or free treatment as per individual caseName: Bhaktivedanta HospitalAddress: Mira Road, MumbaiAffiliation: ISKCONTreatments available: ICU, dentistry, gynaecology and obstetrics, ophthalmology, urology, orthopaedics, ENT, general surgery, neurology, ayurveda, homeopathy, palliative careSpiritual services: Counselling for patient and family, trauma counselling, alcohol and drug abuse treatmentName: Watumull Global Hospital and Research CentreAddress: Mount AbuAffiliation: Brahma KumarisTreatments available: Out-patient facility, blood bank, gynaecology and obstetrics, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, ENT, general surgery, neurology Name: Inlaks and Budhrani HospitalAddress: Koregaon Park, PuneAffiliation: Sadhu Vaswani MissionTreatments available: Cardiology, orthopaedics, urology, general surgery, ENT, oncology, gynaecology and obstetrics, neurology, dentistry, chest medicine, haemodialysis, radiologyCost: Free of charge or at concessional rates to deserving patientsName: Sri Satya Sai Institute for Higher Medical SciencesAddress: Whitefield, BangaloreAffiliation: Sri Sathya Sai BabaTreatments available: Cardiology, orthopaedics, urology, oncology, gynaecology and obstetrics, general surgery, ENT, neurology, dentistry, chest medicine, radiology, counselling Spiritual services: All staff at the hospital are volunteers. There is a long queue of volunteers waiting to offer seva at the hospital Cost: No charge whatsoever to any patient for treatment, lodging, foodName: Amrita Institute of Medical ScienceAddress: Cochin, with branches in Mumbai, Trivandrum, MysoreAffiliation: Mata AmritanandamayiTreatments available: Cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, neurology, endocrinology, organ transplant, behavioural sciencesCost: Free or discounted rates based on individual casesName: Sankara NethralayaAddress: Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, TirupatiAffiliation: SankarmattTreatments available: Serving more than 1,000 patients per day, there are more than 100 eye surgeries every day.Name: Ramakrishna Mission HospitalAddress: Khar, MumbaiAffiliation: Ramakrishna MissionTreatments available: Homeopathy, ICU, dermatology, psychiatry, ENT, paediatricsCost: Free or discounted rates based on individual casesName: Holy Family HospitalAddress: Bandra, MumbaiTreatments available: Cardiology, neurology, surgery, ophthalmology, paediatrics, pathology, obstetrics, ENT, blood bankSpiritual services: Pastoral care helps patients come to terms with themselves, those around them and their illnesses. People of all faiths are enabled to cope with the traumas of life and beyond. The hospital permits religious persons of all faiths to visit the sick in the hospitalName: Holy Spirit HospitalAddress: Andheri, MumbaiTreatments available: Cardiology, neurology, surgery, ophthalmology, paediatrics, pathology, obstetrics, ENT, blood bankSpiritual services: Dedicated team for counselling, psychiatric and spiritual supportCatholic Health Association of India (CHAI) is currently the world’s largest non-governmental organisation in the health services sector, and is in existence since 1943. CHAI is a membership organisation with its headquarters at Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh; having over 3,200 health institutions as its members that include big, medium and small hospitals, and health centres. CHAI aims to awaken the health care sector to treating the patient and not just the disease, help bring about a positive change in the patient and not just eradicate the negative. 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