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Socio-medical landmark, Sassoon General Hospital

The hospital started with an accommodation for 144 patients and is now a 1,296-bed medical facility.  Sassoon General Hospital is affiliated to the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy (BJ) Medical College and Nurses Training School.

pune Updated: Aug 03, 2017 14:56 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
The Sassoons were a Jewish merchant family, and his nephew Jacob, constructed the Jacob Sassoon Hospital building (1905-06) to relieve the congestion of the David Sassoon building.
The Sassoons were a Jewish merchant family, and his nephew Jacob, constructed the Jacob Sassoon Hospital building (1905-06) to relieve the congestion of the David Sassoon building. (HT PHOTO)

The foundation of Sassoon General Hospital, a heritage building, was laid in 1869.

Dean Dr Ajay Chandanwale said that the hospital caters to the entire district of Pune, the second most populous district in the state.

The hospital started with an accommodation for 144 patients and is now a 1,296-bed medical facility.

He said that Jewish philanthropist David Sassoon, from Mumbai, made a generous donation for the construction of the hospital in 1867. 

The Sassoons were a Jewish merchant family, and his nephew Jacob, constructed the Jacob Sassoon Hospital building (1905-06) to relieve the congestion of the David Sassoon building.

Both are magnificent buildings, architectural marvels and the clock tower of Sassoon Hospital is a landmark in the city. The Sassoon campus has seen great personalities born and be treated here. Avtar Meher Baba was born in the old maternity ward in the hospital and Mahatma Gandhi was operated upon for an emergency appendectomy in 1924 by British surgeon Col. Murdoch, with an Indian anaesthetist Dr. Datey in attendance. 

 Sassoon General Hospital is affiliated to the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy (BJ) Medical College and Nurses Training School.

Records show that on June 23, 1946, BJ Medical College was founded, replacing the erstwhile BJ Medical School.

It was the fulfilment of the vision of Parsi philanthropist Byramjee Jeejeebhoy to have an institution in Pune for the training of doctors and the provision of medical facilities on par with those in Mumbai.

His generosity made it possible for the BJ Medical School to start functioning from 1871 on land donated by him, and when the school was upgraded to the college in 1946, the name was retained, with the initials BJ becoming the colloquial usage. 

The BJ Medical College (BJMC) and the Sassoon Hospital (New Sassoon Building) face each other with the unique architectural style of both buildings bearing two white pillars with elephant heads at the top. The main building of BJMC was inaugurated by Dr Radha Krishnan in 1952.