This is a Documentary Video on the creation of the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital in Puttaparthi India that serves all patients admitted to the hospital Free of Charge. Founded by Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the Sai Organization and Trust with the help of Isaac Tigrett after the sale of his interests in the Hard Rock Cafe. It was first announced on November 22, 1990. during one of Sri Sathya Sai Baba's birthday celebrations.

The following information is taken from Wikipedia the Free Online Encyclopedia:

The Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital is a tertiary health care hospital created to provide patient care facilities to all, free of cost There are currently two super speciality hospitals, one in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh and another in Whitefield, (outside of Bangalore), Karnataka, India

Mission Statement:

---"Sri Sathya Sai Medical Trust provides free medical care to the sick and ailing with the dedication, commitment, love and the best of skills, so that they will be cured in body, mind and spirit. Our Mission is to provide high quality medical care free of charge to all irrespective of caste, creed, religion, and financial status in an atmosphere of love and care."

The super speciality hospitals (run by the Trust) follows the guiding principles laid down by Sathya Sai Baba

---Universal Healthcare:

--------Healthcare should be available to all, irrespective of caste, religion, nationality, or financial status.

--------Decommercialized Healthcare: Healthcare should be delivered free of charge.

--------Human Values in Healthcare: Healthcare should be administered with Love.

--------Spiritualization of Healthcare: The aim should be to heal the patient in body, mind and spirit, not merely to cure disease.

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Elaborating on the objectives of the hospital, Sathya Sai Baba said in a discourse on November 23, 1991,

"Many persons appealed to me to set up the hospital in an urban center. There are many medical institutions run as a business in several cities. When any educational or medical institution is established, the sole aim is to make a business of it. There are few who are ready to set up such institutions to provide free facilities for the poor. Therefore, from the start we decided to set up a hundred-crore hospital near Prashaanthi Nilayam itself. Even as higher education is free here, "Higher medicine" also will be free. People spend some lakhs to get heart surgery done in the U.S. What is the plight of the poor? Who looks after them? Recognizing this fact, we have launched this big hospital project. Whether it is heart bypass operation, or a kidney transplant, or a lung operation or brain surgery, everything will be done free."

History:

Sathya Sai Baba's mother, Easwaramma, "had expressed her desire that there should be a hospital for all the poor people of Puttaparthi. Sai Baba had promised her that it would be done at the proper time."

"The foundation of the Prasanthi Nilayam hospital was laid on 23 November 1954, and the hospital was inaugurated on 4 October 1956. Many devotees toiled to help build the hospital by carrying stones, bricks, cement, and other articles on top of the small hill on which it was constructed. The hospital initially had twelve beds, six of them for confinements, according to the needs of the time. The hospital catered mainly to the villagers and devotees. The doctors and the paramedical staff were appointed by Sathya Sai Baba. They worked voluntarily without any remuneration. Treatment both for inpatients and outpatients is free. Medicines, injections, operations, and deliveries are also free. As the demands on the hospital built in 1954 increased ... the need was felt for the construction of a new hospital building, equipped with all medical facilities.

The foundation of the new hospital building was laid on 23 November 1982, and the hospital was inaugurated on Sivarathri Day, 29 February 1984. The hospital has arrangements for one hundred beds with an air-conditioned, fully equipped, operation theater; blood bank; laboratory; intensive care unit; X-Ray unit; eye unit; and dental unit. Well-qualified medical and paramedical staff members have been recruited to staff the various branches of the hospital." Sathya Sai Baba also was checked into the hospital after some health failures, and on 24 April, died there.

On November 22, 1990, Sathya Sai "Baba announced that a Super Specialty Hospital offering sophisticated treatment completely free of charge to all, would be inaugurated the next year, in the very hamlet of Puttaparthi."

Prasanthi Nilayam Super Speciality Hospital:

"While laying the foundation stone on 22nd November 1990, Sathya Sai Baba declared that the hospital would be inaugurated on November 22, 1991."

"The first cardiothoracic operations were carried out successfully exactly after one year.

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