Sassoon Hospital

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Sassoon General Hospital is a large state-run hospital in Pune, India with over 1500 beds. The B. J. Medical College and a Nurses training School is attached to it.

The Jewish philanthropist David Sassoon from Mumbai made a generous donation to make the construction of the hospital possible in 1867. The hospital could originally accommodate 144 patients.

A well-respected child-care center and orphanage, Society of Friends of Sassoon Hospitals (SOFOSH), is connected to the hospital. SOFOSH was started in August 1964 by a group of Pune citizens for the welfare of poor patients of Sassoon Hospitals. Child care activities were initiated in 1973. SOFOSH’s child care center, "Shreevatsa", has provided a home to orphan children ranging from newborns to six-year-olds. Many of the children are placed with adoptive families in India and overseas. A number of children are physically and mentally challenged and a growing number are afflicted by life threatening ailments. Many of these children will never find adoptive families, and are cared for by the SOFOSH "Preetanjali" project. This also helps kids from ages 0-6 get a home in their orphanage care system they have been matching adults up with children for 32 years now.

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  • Meher Baba was born in Sassoon Hospital on 25 February 1894.
  • Sassoon Hospital, which treats 4,000 to 4,500 dog bite cases per month, recorded a maximum of 5,758 stray dog bite cases in May 1999.
  • Mahatma Gandhi was operated upon......
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