Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross

Holy Cross Hospital, Murbad Road, Kalyan

Purpose:
Most people belonged to the average group or even below the poverty line. There were only few clinics with minimum facilities. So the sisters felt the need for a good hospital.

Socio cultural back ground:  
Kalyan is a part of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation established in 1983 with municipalities of Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambarnath and 81 villages. It was then one of the largest urban local body in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and in the state with the area around 209 sqkm. The sex ratio is 915 female for 1000 male. The literacy rate is 85.70%. Kalyan has super speciality medical facilities. However, the cost of advanced medical facilities is very high. There are total 53 schools and 19 colleges in Kalyan city.

During the British Era Kalyan was referred as Calyan. Kalyan is known for its rich culture and glorious history. One such trace of the cultural remains is Durgadi fort. Kalyan is a port city of Shivaji Maharaj. India's first woman doctor, Anandi Gopal Joshi was from Kalyan city.

Community and Apostolate:
Apostolate: Hospital, Holistic clinic, Creche, Nursery, Socio- Pastoral work

At present there are 15 sisters in the community. They work in different departments of the 50 bedded hospital. Sisters also take care of the Creche and nursery school. There are more than 300 children in Nursery School. They also take care of non-drug therapy unit known as Holistic Department with many equipments and infrastructure which is catering up to 40 patients on OPD basis. Nursing Aide course is started from this year. One of the sisters works with the parish mainly catering to social work, women’s program, prison ministry, open school and other charitable works for the poor and under privileged. Palliative care is given to the needy since last year in the hospital. Ten persons have already benefited from it. Sisters are involved in the pastoral service of the parish. Regular services are rendered to the catholic families by the sisters on Sundays.