Rs 500-cr dose to turn Nanavati into city's biggest pvt sector hospital
The hospital will house 800 beds 50 more than Bombay Hospital & Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in a swank tower
The Nanavati Hospital at Vile Parle (W), one of the city's oldest super specialty hospitals, is set to emerge as the largest private healthcare centre in Mumbai with 800 beds, courtesy a Rs 500 crore makeover.
The hospital's new avatar a swank highrise is expected to be ready within three years, and will accommodate 50 beds more than the Bombay Hospital and the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, the two largest private healthcare facilities in the city with 750 beds each.The hospital is yet another addition to the list of healthcare centres in Mumbai, both private and public, going for a vertical expansion (see box).
Presently a 340-bed facility, the 65-year-old hospital, which was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1950, is spread over a four-acre campus, opposite the Juhu Aerodrome. While its iconic main building will be retained, the annexe buildings (1 and 2) will be razed along with the nurses' hostel and the staff quarters. The hospital has an additional floor space index (FSI) of 5 lakh sq ft. The hospital received a major boost in July 2014, when it entered into an operations and management alliance with Radiant Life Care, with an aim to introduce best-in-class hospital management practices, expand operations, and transform itself into high-end quaternary care hospital with worldclass treatment facilities, on the lines of the Mayo Clinic in the US.Radiant redeveloped, and currently manages, the BLK Superspeciality Hospital in Delhi, which with 650 beds is the largest private sector hospital in the national capital. The Nanavati Hospital's COO Rajendra Patankar, who is a part of the senior management at Radiant Life Care, pegged the makeover cost around Rs 500 crore. “There is a massive supply-demand gap in the city as far as medical facilities are concerned, especially in the Western suburbs. We are targeting to cater to this population, and are in process of getting the clearances.The new hospital should be ready within three years,“ Patankar said.
One of the targets of the new management is to turn Nanavati into Mumbai's largest bone marrow transplant facility, and a fourbed transplant unit has already been launched. “The BLK Hospital in Dehli carries out more than 500 bone marrow transplants annually, which is the highest in the country. We want to replicate that in Mumbai,“ Patankar said, adding that the hospital will have centres of excellence in orthopaedic and joint replacement, neurosurgery, renal sciences, and gastrointestinal and liver ailments.
The Nanavati Hospital was proposed by Ratilal Nanavati in memory of his grandfather, who was the physician to the royal family of the Gaekwads, after getting a goahead from Mahatma Gandhi in 1946. Today, it boasts of some of the best doctors in the country, such as orthopaedic and joint replacement surgeon Dr Pradip Bhosle, who previously headed the KEM Hospital department, neuro surgeon Dr Mohinish Bhatjiwale, and trauma and joint replacement expert Dr PM Doshi.
Patankar, an MD in hospital administration who had on his CV projects such as Fortis Healthcare, Hinduja Hospital, and Surya Childcare, said that the hospital will not only look different, it will also provide enhanced services. “Most departments are supervised by inhouse doctors to ensure treatment is not compromised with. We are taking feedback from every single patient to design a more patientfriendly approach,“ Patankar said.
NETAS SOUND A WARNING
State health minister Deepak Sawant said that the hospital will have to “take the government“ into confidence before going ahead with the makeover. “I'm not against the plan... in fact, I'm closely associated with the Nanavati Hospital as I was born there. Today, Nanavati caters to the middle-class and the poor. If they construct a tower, it will be turned into a five-star hospital.They'll have to make sure the poor patients are not neglected,“ Sawant said.
Former state health minister Suresh Shetty added that the hospital will be asked to keep 20% beds reserved for the financially weaker section. “They must cater to the middle-class and the poor,“ Shetty said.
Several public, private and charitable hospitals in the city are going for a vertical makeover. One of them is Tardeo's Bhatia Hospital, one of the city's oldest charitable health centres, which is set to undergo a massive revamp to not only double its capacity, but also allow it to add such critical specialties as cardiology, neurology, and organ transplants. The hospital will soon move into a seven-storey structure.
The JJ Hospital will become the largest hospital in Mumbai with 1,000 beds, when it moves into a 20-storey tower. The project was approved in 2012.
The Asian Heart Institute at the Bandra Kurla Complex is also set to rise vertically. The 240-bedheart specialty centre will be converted into a 500-bed facility by adding six floors to the building that is currently a seven-storey structure.