The Samaritan Medical Outreach Ministries (SMOM) was formed to provide assistance to medical facilities and/or their staff through consulting and financial contributions in order that they may provide adequate medical care in communities deemed indigent by US standards. The organization exists exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
Though in the organization’s incorporation this purpose is stated broadly, the specific purpose since its inception is to provide this assistance to the overseas institution, Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) in Bangalore, India. The initiative for founding SMOM came through American surgeon, Dr. Rebekah Naylor, who was at that time a full-time member of the hospital’s staff. The hospital exists to provide and to train others to provide holistic care to people of all religions and creeds.
Specifically, since its beginning in 1973, BBH has a priority of giving high quality medical care to poor patients. No patient is refused care because of his inability to pay. A significant portion of hospital funds are budgeted for indigent patient care. Outreach work in the rural areas and urban slums has been emphasized throughout the past four decades. In recent years BBH has operated a peripheral rural hospital with a variety of health projects and development programs in 50 surrounding villages.
This same commitment has carried over into the educational programs. A major objective in establishing the School of Nursing was to allow young women from a weak socioeconomic background to gain an education and a profession with a dependable livelihood. Though the goal was that 50% of students would come from this background, in fact over 90% of the students have required scholarship support.