The Dr. Luca Medical Center in Pitesti, Romania, is unique among Luke Society-supported missions, offering a full range of primary and specialty health-care services at a private practice facility.
As Romania was coming out of communist control, Dr. Augustin Batis saw first hand the scars of corruption among the country’s government-operated medical facilities. That compelled him to begin his own medical facility alongside his wife, Dr. Mihaela, in 1991.
Batis was influenced by an American Christian missionary and decided his clinic would be established as a Christian ministry. The Dr. Lucas Medical Center partnered with the Luke Society in 2000.
The four-story clinic offers care in areas such as pediatrics, internal medicine, cardiology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, gynecology, neurology and general surgery.
Dr. Augustin Batis
Dr. Augustin Batis provides leadership for the Dr. Luca Medical Center, which delivers state-of-the-art medical services. Under his guidance, a new facility was constructed in 2000. Together with his wife, Dr. Mihaela, their team places a strong importance on community health education. Nearby poverty-stricken villages provide locations where medical professionals can build healthy relationships with patients and touch lives.
Population: 21.7 million
Size: 238,391 sq. km, or slightly smaller than Oregon.
Borders: Hungary and Serbia to the west; Ukraine to the north; Moldova and the Black Sea to the east; Bulgaria to the south.
Religious groups: Eastern Orthodox, 81.9%; Protestant, 6.4%; Roman Catholic, 4.3%
Primary language: Romanian
Literacy (age 15+): 98.8%
Physician density: 2.45 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 22.6%
Life expectancy: 74.9 years
Infant mortality rate: 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Machinery, metals, textiles, footwear, chemicals, ag products, minerals, fuels.
Climate: Temperate; cold winters with sunny summers.
Terrain: Hills, plateaus along with two mountain ranges that converge.