Origin and Genesis
The origin of the Hospital dates back to the year 2003, when the Rotary Club of Ambala decided to it was decided set-up a Palliative Care Unit for the terminally ill Cancer Patients so that the agony and pain of the patients could be mitigated and the patients and their families could be provided succour and relief in their hour of extreme agony and pain . Subsequently the Rotary Club of Ambala earmarked a 50 sq. ft. room in the Kumari Rukmani Devi Memorial Hall, to set-up and start functioning of a make shift dispensary under the guidance of one qualified doctor, a nurse and support staff.
Rotary Club of Ambala in collaboration with a Delhi based non-government organization Global Cancer Concern (India) with the facility of a three-wheeler vehicle to ferry terminally ill cancer patients at their residences, administer medicines for pain management coupled with medical counseling to the patients and their family members was provided by this team at no cost to the patients.
This team also started holding Camps in the nearby areas of Ambala, particularly for women to advise them for self-detection of Breast Cancer. During a period of about 2 years, more than 100 such camps were held which were attended by over 3000 women.
With the expanding activities of this unit, it was thought that a bigger place is needed to provide these services to a larger group of people in an efficient manner. Accordingly instead of the Palliative Care Unit, the new outfit was thought to be a Cancer Detection and Welfare activity. The expanding need demanded more space for the hospice.
The Rotary Club of Ambala in the tenure of Rotarian Ajay Aggarwal approached the District Administration for the piece of land . Area spanning over 2500 sq. yards was allocated to the Rotary Ambala Cancer and General Hospital by the District Red Cross Society .
The Year 2005 was declared as the Rotary Centennial Year by the Rotary International to commemorate the formation of Rotary 100 years ago. Past Rotary International Director Rtn. Yash Das (then PDG) in response to this declaration of the Rotary International gave a clarion call to the Rotary Club of Ambala and suggested that the Club should consider setting-up a full-fledged Cancer and General Hospital for providing treatment for Cancer and General ailments to the community of Ambala and its nearby areas. Consequently on the 15th December 2005, the Rotary Ambala Cancer Detection and Welfare Society was got registered under the Government of Haryana. It was decided that the Hospital would be run and managed by the Society.
Immediately construction was started for setting up this 50 bedded Hospital.
Mentorial Torch Bearer :
The distinguished philanthropist , rotarian and public spirited Gandhi-an Dr. Jai Dev, took the mantle of the Chairman of the Hospital and decided to set up a First Class Medical Facility in the town of Scientific Instruments at Ambala Cantt . Under his leadership the Rotary Club of Ambala , rotarians , Rotary International and the Advanced Micro-devices Private Limited together joined hands to create a First Class Multi-speciality Medical Facility.
The first phase of the Hospital consisting of 50 beds, including special rooms and ICU units was inaugurated on 6th March 2010 by the then RI President – Elect Rtn. Kalyan Banerjee. With the increasing popularity of the Hospital due to our motto “Quality Treatment at Affordable Prices” the 50 beds Hospital has blossomed into a 100 bedded four storied building hospital .
Present Status of Hospital
By leaps and bounds, with the aim of converting the 50 sq. ft. unit into a large multi-speciality Hospital, various departments are being added one after the other. At present the following Departments are functioning satisfactorily at the Hospital.