The GSBS Medical Trust was born out of the parent body, Gowd Saraswat Brahman Sabha, (Matunga) Mumbai, a social and cultural outfit. Initially a few prominent doctors and well-wishers of the community got together and started a health awareness centre, a medical service wing of the Sabha in 1967 & Later immunization service to the children below the age group of 5 years was added. Gradually this was shifted to Dwarkanath Mutt, Wadala, for the sake of convenience and for better availability of space. GSBS Trust is ever grateful to the then Smd Dwarkanath Thirth Swamiji of Shree Gokarn Parthagali Jeevottam Mutt for generously accommodating this activity at the premises of Dwarkanath Bhavan , free of cost. This was where the nascent diagnostic centre was established.
However, the popularity of these programes prompted our foresighted elders to look for a bigger place to continue these activities and also add more medical services. The pioneering group of founding Trustees viz, Dr. A.P. Pai, Dr.V.R. Prabhu, Dr. K.V. Pai, Dr. B.M. Acharya, Mr. A.M. Kamath,Mr. K.K. Kamath, Mr. H. Anandrao and Mr. N.K. Gaitonde were full of verve and vigour to push the project forward on its path of success. The goal was clear and the way to it was well defined.Their struggle yielded results in getting a new place at Shilpa Apartment, Dasturwadi, Dadar. By this time this was formed into a Public Trust in 1973, an autonomous body, and was named GSBS Medical Trust, under the aegis of the Charity Commissioner, Mumbai as a non-profit, non-communal,autonomous body.
It has since gone on from strength to strength and never looked back.
Initial years of operation also encouraged many liberal-minded individuals to lend their helping hand. Sizeable donations poured in at the right junctures and helped the Trust to equip many of its departments with modern machines.
The rates of tests and consultations at the Trust are very reasonable. But there are sections of society that cannot even afford these low rates. Or an unexpected high cost medical burden like a surgery can wreck the fragile economy of the lower middle class. To help this section of society, the Trust started the “Arogyanidhi” scheme. Patients who fulfill certain economic criteria are attended to without any charges. They receive FREE consultation, FREE testing and even the recommended medicines are given FREE. The Trust also offers financial aid for their minor surgeries, like Cataract, Cleft correction, Dental repair work, Physiotherapy, etc. wherever needed.