The Poona Hospital and Research Centre,in its silver jubilee year,plans to introduce a nursing college apart from upgrading the hospital to a 350-bedded one,says Dr J Ravindranath,director of the hospital.
Chairman of the Bajaj Group of Industries and Rajya Sabha MP Rahul Bajaj inaugurated the silver jubilee celebrations while chairman of the Manikchand Group Rasiklal Dhariwal presided over the function on Friday.
The hospital,run by the Rajasthani and Gujarati Charitable Foundation,was conceived way back in 1970 by Mukundas Lohia,who worked on the project untiringly till the hospital came up in 1985 as a general hospital. Apart from the bone and joint surgery centres,the hospital has also set up the Rasiklal Maniklal Dhariwal centre for cardiac and neuro sciences.
At present,there are 250 beds,says Ravindranath and now plans are afoot to upgrade it to 350 beds. It got the Color Doppler used in heart ailments to the city in 1998,and also started an emergency and trauma unit. In the same year,the hospital also conducted a renal transplant with the first procedure taking place in the city in the same year. Since then the unit boasts of 8 dialysis units with over 400 patients taking the treatment every month.
According to a release,some 35,000 to 40,000 patients attend the Out Patient Department every year. Medical camps are frequently held and in the silver jubilee year,plans are underway to conduct continuing medical education programmes as well. Two camps will be held soon on gastroenterology and hepatitis B.We are also in the process of acquiring land to start the nursing college, adds Ravindranath.
With the onset of minimally invasive techniques coming into fore,the hospital set up the citys first Cath Lab with a Shimentzo machine. The hospital also took lead in performing open heart surgeries with over 1,500 surgeries taking place between; 2003-2009 after two cardiac operation theatres became operational. In collaboration with Smile Train USA,an international organisation,the Poona Hospital team is also involved in performing free cleft lip and palate surgeries on over 2,500 children so far.