the great need for medical care in his native India,
British-trained surgeon Stephen Alfred felt God calling
him to return to Thane, India to address this need.
In 1992 he returned from the United Kingdom to practice
privately in Thane, bringing with him the dream of eventually
starting a hospital to minister to the area’s
many people. With much prayer and support, his dream
of creating a hospital to provide excellent care to
the needy while showing Christ’s love for all
slowly became a reality.
In February of 1997 the first phase of hospital construction
was complete. The two-story Lok Hospital was born. The
first floor consisted of a minor operating theatre (including
a full range of endoscopic equipment), X Ray, Ultrasound,
Electrocardiogram, Electroencephalogram, EEG and Pulmonary
function test facilities ,a major operating theatre,
an outpatient department with seven consultation rooms.
The second floor included wards with a total capacity
of 28 beds.
Construction of two additional floors began in 1998
and was completed in 1999. Lok Hospital as it stands
today has expanded to include a 6-bed intensive care
unit that first treated patients in January 1999, a
six-bed neonatal intensive care unit that heard its
first newborn cry in August of 2001, a haemodialysis
suite, administrative offices, a medication dispensary
and eight additional ward beds. Another 4 beds were
added for inpatient treatment in 2007 Thus making it
into a total of 56 beds.
Lok Hospital is recognized around the area not only
for its provision of free care to the underserved, but
also for the excellent level of care it provides to
all of its patients. Patients have traveled many miles
to receive care from 45 consulting specialists. Care
is available in the fields of medicine, general surgery,
pediatrics, cardiology, medical haematooncology, surgical
oncology, otolaryngology (ENT), pediatric surgery, orthopedics,
nephrology, neurosurgery, gynaecology/obstetrics, Dentistry
and physical therapy (physiotherapy). Diagnostic and
therapeutic endoscopy procedures are also regularly
performed including colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy
(EGD), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
(ERCP), and bronchoscopy. The diagnostic modalities
available within the hospital now include Computed tomography
Digital X-Ray, electrocardiography, image intensifier
(fluoroscopy), color-flow Doppler, ultrasonography,
EEG, echocardiography. Magnetic resonance imaging is
accessible at nearby facilities.