Businessmen Hospital Trust was conceived in 1974. The Trust initially comprised of Chaudhry Nazar Mohammad, Mr. Naseem Saigol, Mr. Mumtaz A Sheikh and Syed Babar Ali. The idea of building a Trust Hospital for the welfare of poor and non-affording patients was floated by the then Chairman, Chaudhry Nazar Mohammad (Late). To materialize this dream, they formed a group of eminent businessmen who believed in social uplift, charity and philanthropic pursuits. These included Mr. Mohammad Husain and Shahbaz-ud-Din Chaudhry. Other issues including building infrastructure and hiring staff was handled by the rest of the Trustees.
A piece of 18 acres land was provided by the government of Punjab to Businessmen Hospital Trust for the establishment of a tertiary care teaching hospital. The location of the land at Shalimar Link Road made it possible for the hospital to extend healthcare facilities not only to the patients of lower income population of Northern Lahore but also to community living in its outskirts.
The team successfully generated Rs. 5 Million for the construction and functioning/running expense of hospital. Hospital’s Architecture was designed by experienced Australian Architects who gave this hospital a unique touch by planning a combination of squares and rectangular style. The hospital structure is designed in a way that it keeps the corridors airy and bright. This proper but natural ventilation reduces odor.
Later Mr. Ibrar A. Mumtaz, Mr. Shahid Hussain, Chaudhry Ahmad Saeed, Mr. Mohammad Munir Chaudhry and Mr. Altaf M. Saleem joined the Trust. Now the Trust comprises of seven members and is working under the leadership of Chaudhry Ahmad Saeed since April 1996. Their active support and cooperation has played an instrumental role in bringing this institute at par with international standards of tertiary care teaching hospital.
The Businessmen Hospital Trust started as a not-for-profit institute in 1978. The name was later changed to Shalamar Hospital, named after historic Shalimar Gardens, as the former name provided an impression that hospital is primarily for the business community. Hospital started working with six basic faculties on Outpatient basis. The rush of patients led Chaudhry Nazar Mohammad and Mr. Mohammad Husain to increase the facilities according to the regularly increasing needs of the community.
Instituted and run by Businessmen Hospital Trust, Shalamar Institute of Health Sciences now comprises of Shalamar Hospital (SH), Shalamar Nursing College (SNC) and Shalamar Medical & Dental College (SMDC). It is an umbrella organization to undertake various activities of healthcare and health education. Shalamar Hospital is the primary source of free and subsidized medical treatment to hundreds of thousands of patients of Northern Lahore and beyond. The systematic procedures allow maximum number of patients to benefit from the services of the hospital, outpatient facilities and the 24-hours emergency facility. In order to provide quality treatment and round-the-clock service to hospital patients, trained and qualified paramedical staff is a critical pre-requisite. Shalamar Nursing College fills this need through pre-service training of nurses.
Shalamar Medical & Dental College, aims at extending the same spirit a step further by producing quality medical professionals. The state-of-the-art infrastructure and outstanding faculty of Shalamar Medical & Dental College ensure unparalleled quality education. The broader aim is to maintain Shalamar Hospital’s standards as well as to create similar facilities providing efficient and professional healthcare to disadvantaged communities. Although a number of philanthropic institutions are working in Punjab for providing healthcare services, Shalamar Institute of Health Sciences enjoys a unique position. Some of the dimensions that set Shalamar Institute of Health Sciences apart from other institutions include a carefully selected geographical focus, highly-qualified human resources, environmental responsiveness, strategic partnerships, state-of-the-art infrastructure, an integrated approach and a focus on excellence.