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About VHS Chennai

Dr. Krishnaswami Srinivasa Sanjivi (1903 – 1994) Founder The Voluntary Health Services (VHS), Chennai.


  • Meet the health care needs of the poor and middle class based on their clinical needs and not based on their ability to pay for services
  • To responsibly contribute to the human resources of the country through training


  Dr K S Sanjivi, an eminent physician – scholar, who was greatly influenced by Gandhian thought and particularly by the philosophy of “Unto the Last”,  envisaged and made available health and medical services to the poorest of the poor through the establishment of the Voluntary Health Services in 1958.   The underlying ethos of VHS is that of prevention and cure of serious illness, fostering of the family as a unit for medical care, and facilitating active community participation in the provision of a continuum of health care, with special reference to disadvantaged groups such as women, children and elderly. VHS manages an extensive community health programme through 14 mini health centers located in the southern periphery of the city.   VHS is managed by a Board of Trustees, a Central Committee and other functional Committees with eminent public personalities, community leaders, social workers, and philanthropists.


  VHS has an extensive training programme including postgraduate education for doctors, Ph.D. programmes, Dip. in National Boards, MSc, BSc and GNM Nursing. Training programmes are offered for para-medicals in laboratory, hospital administration and dietetics.


  • A multi specialty 465 bedded tertiary teaching hospital offering modern medical care to the poorer and lower sections of society.
  • All general specialties and a few super specialties including a blood bank, hemophilia center and de-addiction programme are available. Dialysis, laboratory investigations etc are available at a nominal cost


  • 50 years completed as non-profitable health care services
  • About 70 % of the patients (those with a monthly income below a certain limit) are  treated free of cost
  • A non-commercial blood bank run purely on voluntary blood donation since 1962
  • Several Health Check up programme
  • Master Health Check
  • Pre-employment Medical Check
  • Food Handler’s Medical Check
  • School Medical Health
  • Medical Aid Plan
  • VHS was selected in 1995 by the USAID as the nodal agency for implementation of the AIDS prevention and control project through NGOs in Tamil Nadu
  • Mini Health Centre  programme

    • Anesthesiology
    • Blood bank
    • Cardiology
    • Community Health
    • Dentistry
    • Dermatology
    • Diabetology
    • Endocrinology
    • Endoscopy
    • ENT
    • Family Welfare
    • General Medicine
    • General Surgery
    • Geriatrics
    • Haematology
    • YRG - HIV / AIDS
    • Intensivist
    • Laparoscopy
    • Neonatology & Pediatrics
    • Nephrology (with dialysis facilities)
    • Neurology & Rehabilitation
    • Neurosurgery
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Orthopedics
    • Pathology
    • Physiotherapy
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Psychiatry
    • Radiology
    • Ultrasonography

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