Access to world class healthcare is critical. But equally important is the kind of care a patient receives. At Bethany Trust Hospital in Thane, Mumbai, medical care is not a business, but a call to serve. “A call to serve you and your loved ones with compassion”. Dr. Stephen Alfred MS. (Bom.), FRCS (Edin.), FRCS (Glasg.) and personal friend of Tony Sargent, heads up the hospital, is managing trustee, and offers affordable modern health care to vulnerable people in this large city, regardless of their financial or social status.
Part of their mission is to make healthcare accessible, and so consciously routes part of the hospital’s revenue to areas in India where it is not. Also, to engage with and partner, through education and rehabilitation, in the eradication of drug abuse, alcoholism and AIDS, and to offer care to the elderly at their point of need.
This is a 125-bed multi-speciality hospital facility, that combines compassion with the finest in diagnostic and therapeutic technology. Acts is proud to have encouraged such a proactive ministry which spreads far and wide around the city of Mumbai, and even further afield into the foothills of the Himalayas in Dehradun.
Stephen’s call back home to India is a very compelling story. Working as a cancer surgeon in Scotland for many years and having earned a very comfortable and respectable position, he was challenged by his Christian faith to return to India to serve his fellow countrymen, and pioneered a much smaller facility, “Lok Hospital”, in Mumbai. Lok Hospital has been retained, and operates as a specialist AIDS unit providing Christian care to such vulnerable people in their greatest need.
Their motto is: Not to be served, but to serve
Acts are keen to encourage such excellence and service, and you can explore the hospital further. Do consider helping Stephen and his team in bringing health care to such a needy people. Depending on whose statistics you care to read, India is often referred to as a wealthy country. Certainly, it is developing rapidly, and undeniably it is home to many wealthy companies and individuals, but sadly that wealth rarely trickles down to the poor and underprivileged. Bethany Hospital is a fine example of reaching the poor and destitute with health care that takes a holistic approach.