In order to provide a true synthesis of the best of the East and West, there should be a bridge built between these two great orientations. The Institute in India is intended to become a reservoir of ancient wisdom with the potential to benefit all of humanity for generations to come.
The Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT) was conceived, designed, and orchestrated by Dr. Swami Rama, a yogi, scientist, researcher, writer, and humanitarian. The mission of HIHT is to develop integrated and cost-effective approaches to health care and development for the country as a whole, and for under-served populations worldwide.
Swamiji started this project in 1989 with an outpatient clinic of only two rooms. The hospital at HIHT currently has 750 beds and is serving approximately 10 million people of Garhwal, Kumaon and adjoining areas. The hospital includes a Reference Laboratory, Emergency Wing, Operation Theaters, Blood Bank, Eye Bank, Dialysis Unit, I.C.U., C.C.U., Cath Lab., and a state-of-the-art Radiology Department. The newly established Cancer Research Institute is providing radiation therapy in addition to chemotherapy and surgical oncology.
The Rural Development Institute is providing healthcare, education, income generation opportunities, water and sanitation programs, adolescent awareness programs and other quality of life improvement programs in the villages of Uttarakhand and adjoining rural areas.
The Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences has now become HIHT University, a deemed university, recognized by the University Grants Commission. The University runs undergraduate (M.B.B.S.) and postgraduate courses (M.D./M.S. and Diploma) in 15 disciplines. The medical faculty is also conducting paramedical degree courses in Medical Laboratory Technology, Radiology & Imaging Technology, and Physiotherapy.
The Himalayan College of Nursing offers a four-year B.Sc. program and a 3-year GNM diploma program. The uniqueness of these nursing programs is that the nursing students are provided hands-on training in the community and with the rural population.
In keeping with Swamiji’s mission of integration, the hospital runs outpatient Ayurveda and Homeopathy clinics and the Ayurveda Center provides a residential Pancha-karma therapy program for detoxification, rejuvenation and treatment of chronic ailments. The Combined Therapy Program, pioneered by Swami Rama, has been a unique model of holistic health care for more than 30 years. The Combined Therapy Program combines biofeedback, hatha yoga, aerobic exercise, nutrition, breathing, relaxation skills, meditation and other self-awareness techniques.