Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital & Research Centre in South Mumbai on October 25.
Now in its 90th year, the hospital has been completely rebuilt by Reliance Foundation, headed by Ms Nita Ambani, into a modern 19-storeyed tower and two heritage wings.
Founded in 1925 as Mumbai’s first general hospital, it has a rich heritage. It witnessed the freedom struggle and the Second World War and one of the most frequent visitors then was Mahatma Gandhi.
The hospital celebrated its silver jubilee with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, then Deputy Prime Minister, as its chief guest and the golden jubilee celebration was graced by well-known social activist Jayaprakash Narayan.
A press release from Reliance Foundation said the hospital has collaboration with John Hopkins, MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Southern California.
“This hospital has state-of-the-art operation theaters equipped with robotic surgery and on-line video conferencing enabling live consultations with specialists across the world, a hybrid cath-lab — India’s first — for emergency heart operations, state of the art diagnostics facility with Asia’s first new generation CT scan. The hospital is equipped with high-end Obstetrics & Gynaecology services and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a learning centre, adapting the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations,” the release said.
“The general wards of the hospital will have the same level of treatment for the citizens at the bottom of the pyramid,” it said.
The hospital has an outreach program that currently covers over 310,000 individuals in the vicinity providing preventive and primary healthcare on a digital platform virtually free of cost.
The hospital has initiated steps to adopt the nearby congested areas as part of the Prime Minister’s call of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan.
The hospital has adopted water recycling and rainwater harvesting, making it the greenest healthcare facility in India of its size, the release said.
The hospital’s digital initiatives include RFID tags for patients, end-to-end digitization of medical records and real-time remote access to these records, adopting the vision of Digital India of the Prime Minister, it said.
“Reliance Foundation and its Chairperson Nita Ambani are delighted to dedicate this hospital to the city of Mumbai,” the release added.