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HOSPITALS ALSO NEED FRIENDS

Government Civil Hospitals in India provide free or low-cost medical care to the less privileged in our country. The Sassoon General Hospitals (S.G.H.) is a vast teaching hospital providing medical care to Pune District in the State of Maharashtra, India.

Patients from all walks of life, especially patients living ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) from the city of Pune and adjacent rural, areas, come to seek treatment at this medical centre established more than a Century ago by Philanthropist David Sassoon.

With 1800 beds and an equally large clientele of out-patients each day Sassoon Hospital is a landmark in the city of Pune and a life line for people in times of medical crisis.

BIRTH OF A FRIENDSHIP

In the year 1964, on the initiation of the Medical Social Workers of the S.G.H., a group of public spirited and citizens of Pune came together to form a voluntary charitable trust. It was aptly named the Society of Friends of Sassoon Hospitals, or SOFOSH, as it aimed to supplement the medical services provided by the hospital through a range of humanitarian services for crisis affected patients and their families, and to support the hospital itself by providing much needed facilitates.

Thus began a “friendship” which has touched the lives of countless patients and their families in their darkest hour ……