This institution, formerly known as Shishumangal Pratishthan, was started on a modest scale in July 1932 as a maternity and child welfare clinic. It gradually developed into a first-grade maternity hospital and, since 1956, into a general hospital.
- General hospital: This 626-bed hospital has the following departments: general medicine, cardiology, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, endocrinology chemotherapy, dentistry, maxillo-facial surgery, dermatology, ENT, general surgery, paediatric surgery, urology, neurology, obstetrics, gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, paediatrics, radiology, CCU, HDU-1 & 2, post-partum (family welfare), public health and various special clinics such as anesthesiology, diabetology, rheumatology, haematology, infertility, physical medicine, breast surgery, gastroenterology, nephrology, chest medicine, neurosurgery, pain clinic, physiotherapy, hearing and speech It has three laboratories, a blood bank including blood component separation unit, eleven up-to-date operation theatres, eight anaesthesia workstations, two dialysis units (28 beds), a 16 slice CT scan unit, nine x-ray units, four image intensifiers, ten USG units, three echocardiography units, an MRI unit, a phaco-emulsification unit, a bone mineral densitometry, a mammography and a lithotripsy, a 20-bed intensive care unit, a 15-bed cardiac care unit, and endoscopy / colonoscopy unit, an ERCP unit, an ETP /STP and an electric laundry plant. The inpatient department admitted 23,170 admissions and the outpatient department treated 3,01,644 cases.
- The school of nursing, recognized by the Central and the State Nursing Councils, had 115 The college of nursing with 4-year B.Sc. (Hons) nursing course, recognised by the West Bengal University of Health Science and the Indian Nursing Council, had 95 (B.Sc.) and 47 (Post-Basic B.Sc.) students.
- The Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences (a postgraduate medical college and research centre), conducts postgraduate courses (MD and MS) in nine disciplines as well as diploma courses (DGO, DCH, DLO & DO) and Diplomate of National Board (DNB) courses in four disciplines. There were 61 postgraduate, 9 diploma and 19 DNB students on the roll this year.
- The Institute also runs the following paramedical courses: degree courses in Physiotherapy (BPT), Critical Care Technology (BCCT) and Operation Theatre Technology (BOTT) which had a total of 103 students, and diploma courses in radiodiagnosis technique (DRD Tech) and medical laboratory technology (DMLT) which had a total of 44 students. A new diploma course in Neuro Electro- Physiology (DNEP) with three students this year.
- The Institute also conducts research projects in basic and clinical medicines funded by various organizations.
- The community health service wing, through a mobile unit working at Sarisha, Arapanch and Rajarhat rural areas, served 32,415 patients. 134 eye cataract operations were performed. A medical camp was held at Gangasagar Mela grounds (7100 patients treated).
- Ten eye camps (119 patients were treated) and 44 blood donation camps (2587 units of blood were collected).
- Medical seminars / conferences / workshops / CMEs (Continuing Medical Education) were conducted (81 during the year).
- The institution has a one nurses’ hostel, one junior doctors’ hostel, five doctors’ quarters, two staff quarters, and two libraries with 17,123 books and 54 periodicals and newspapers. The institute also has a round-the-clock medical pharmacy and a generic medicine store serving the patients.