Pawar’s ‘dream’ project opens at YCMH today

Twenty years after he inaugurated the 700-bed Yeshwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital at Sant Tukaramnagar in Pimpri,NCP supremo Sharad Pawar will on Saturday inaugurate the cathlab facility at the hospital.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published:February 28, 2009 3:04 am

Open heart surgery,angiography,angioplasty, bypass surgery at cheaper rate

Twenty years after he inaugurated the 700-bed Yeshwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital at Sant Tukaramnagar in Pimpri,NCP supremo Sharad Pawar will on Saturday inaugurate the cathlab facility at the hospital. The cathlab,where heart surgeries will be performed at much cheaper rates,is close to Pawar’s heart.

“After inaugurating the hospital in 1989,every time Pawar visited the hospital he expressed the need to set up a cardiac centre for those who cannot afford costly treatment of private hospitals,” said Dr Anand Jagdale,medical superintendent of YCM hospital.

It was at Pawar’s directives that PCMC administration and YCM management pushed for setting up of the cathlab. A deadline of February was set. “The NCP chief’s dream has finally taken shape,” said Dr Jagdale.

The cathlab has been set up on the first floor of the hospital. One look at it and you will find it difficult to believe that you’re in a civic-run hospital. That’s what cathlab has done to the hospital’s image. The Rs 23 crore cathlab will be inaugurated by Pawar around 10 am on Saturday. It is said to be first of its kind cathlab where the common man stands to benefit what with charges for heart surgeries much lower than other hospitals in both Pune,Pimpri-Chinchwad,Khadki and Dehu Road.

At the cathlab,open heart surgeries,angiography,angioplasty and bypass surgery will be performed by a team of expert doctors. And all these at a cost 40 per cent less what is incurred at private hospitals in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. “If open heart surgery requires Rs 1.50 lakh in a private hospital,the same will cost Rs 95,000 at YCM hospital. This goes for angiography,angioplasty and bypass surgeries too,” said YCMH medical superintendent Dr Anand Jagdale. This is the first time YCMH will provide treatment for heart ailments for residents in Pimpri-Chinchwad,for whom,the only option so far was to make it all way to Pune city. “The rates will be lower than for CGHS,at least by 35-40 per cent,” he said.

The cathlab will be run by Ruby Ailcare. The PCMC has signed an agreement with Ruby Ailcare to run it for 20 years at an annual rent of Rs 9 lakh. The Ruby Ailcare management has appointed 85 employees to take care of cathlab. Among these include four cardiologists and four surgeons.

“The heart sugeries will be available at cathlab at much lower rates than other hospitals. We will also be trying to implement a state government plan for those living below poverty line. Once we get state approval,heart surgeries for BPL patients will be performed for free. Also,there is a plan to implement a similiar scheme for senior citizens,” said Sandeep Shah,one of the directors of Ruby Ailcare.

In seven months
The cathlab facilities were set up Nirmiti Engineering Corporation. “We completed the work in flat seven months. It was a race against time for us. The cathlab includes two operation theatres,23-bed intensive care unit,UPS room,an OPD,a meeting hall,a medical store and a pathology lab,” said NEC owner Pushkaraj Govardhan. “The cathlab is one of its kind in Pune,” Govardhan said.

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