Bai Jerbai Wadia HospitalIn November 2012, when Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala and Mr. Reny Varghese joined Wadia Hospitals in Mumbai as CEO and Head- Projects respectively, they had a major challenge in their hand, to restart Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children which was closed down in 2009 due to a structural damage. Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital and Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children established in early 1920’s are the first of its kind Public Private Partnerships in the hospital sector in India which is currently the largest charitable hospitals in maternity and paediatrics and are renowned teaching institutes.
Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala says, patients were shifted to the adjacent Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital which already had 300 beds and an additional load of 300 more beds ended up with a real space crunch and inconvenience to the patients. “Reny and I joined on the same day and the first strategy was to do a space optimization of the existing facility which could ease the internal traffic. The staff was extremely cooperative and implemented the same for the sake of patient comfort”.
It took us almost one and a half years to present our case to the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) as it was defunct during that time, commented Reny Varghese. Both the hospitals, classified as II B Heritage structures, had to mandatorily take MHCC permissions to do any sort of renovation and retrofitting. The proposal was passed in the first sitting itself looking at the genuineness of the case which otherwise takes ages with suggestions and omissions.
We started off with a meager budget and to our sheer luck to serve the not so privileged,the CSR bill was passed by the central government where the project got funded by many corporate groups including Britannia Industries Limited, Bombay Dyeing, Britannia Dairy, Nowrosjee Wadia & sons limited, National Peroxide Limited, Go Air, Mahanagar Gas, Zydus Nycomed, Disney India, Sunteck Realty, Param Capital Research Pvt Ltd, Ronald McDonald House of Charities Foundation (India) to name a few says, Dr Minnie.
Reny Varghese further added that the structural consultant had estimated 3 years for the entire renovation and retrofitting of the hospital and the project was kicked off in August 2014, got completed in November 2016 with a saving of eight months. Being a charitable hospital, we could not afford to a dedicated medical planner and the entire bed distribution and the equipment planning was done in-house in consultation with the end users. The team never believed in deadlines but was always keen on beating the deadlines and was achieved as desired. With a plush look with false ceilings comparing to any corporate hospital in the vicinity, yet charging meager rates for the underprivileged with epoxy coated operation theatres and equipped with 525 beds, the hospital got commissioned having the largest NICU in the world with a provision for 150 warmers/incubators, a dedicated paediatric cardiac surgery unit with 10 beds , an organ transplant unit. We will be shortly establishing the biggest Bone Marrow transplant unit for Children in Western India in Public sector, a 128 slice CT Scanner, a low radiation Cathlab apart from existing 28 branches in Paediatrics alone concludes Reny Varghese.
Dr Minnie reiterated that the Nowrosjee wadia Maternity Hospital also will also be retrofitted to its past glory shortly as the permissions are already in place for renovation post the shifting of the paediatric hospital.