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46 Years On!

46 years ago today our institution came into being. But, the seed of Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital was sown long before. Well before independence in fact.

46 years on

In 1928, a girl was born into an aristocratic family in pre-Partition Punjab. People could hardly have imagined how she would go on to touch the lives of countless thousands.

Sita Devi Sachdev, spent a carefree childhood in the rather unusual surroundings of the Multan borstal – a reformatory for juvenile convicts, as both her father and grandfather were in the jail service of that era. It was only her discovery of Marie Curie that indicated that fate had more in store for her. Inspired by the tale of Madame Curie, young Sita decided to dedicate her life to the service of society.

Over the years, she worked hard and went on to study medicine. However, her happy student life, and that of countless others, was shattered by Partition. In an epic journey, she made it across the border and then against immeasurable odds, completed her degree in medicine at G S Medical College in Mumbai. From there, she went on to work in a number of the refugee camps in post-Partition India

It was here in these camps that Dr Sita treated innumerable women and that experience would pave the way for what was to come. Shortly thereafter, she married Colonel Amrit Bhateja and moved to Bangalore.

In 1968, on the 1st of November, Sita Bhateja Hospital opened its doors to the public. Over the course of the next few decades, under the leadership of Dr Sita and the able guidance of Colonel Amrit, we grew from strength to strength and stood at the forefront of gynaecological excellence

Then in our 38th year, we entered a new and exciting phase, expanding into other specialities such as neurosurgery, spine surgery, orthopaedics, intensive care, internal medicine, urology, plastic surgery and maxillofacial surgery

Today, the surgical specialities are housed in a new operation theatre complex of global standards where we routinely perform advanced surgeries using cutting edge techniques and technology. A lot of our work is charitable in nature and we pride ourselves in being able bring world class healthcare to those can’t afford it but need it the most.

We’ve come a long way in the last 46 years. But, we still have a long way to go to live up to the example of Dr Sita. Today, on our Founder’s Day, we pledge to continue pushing the boundaries of medicine and bring hope to those who have none.

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