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Was established in 1925 when it began modestly with 40 beds, 20 of them "Free". The spirit of the Founders was of service to the poor and needy, and the participation by the community was so overwhelming that this hospital came to be acclaimed as a monument of organized philanthropy. To maintain the large number of free and subsidized beds the Hospital heavily depended on public donations. Yet it continuously grew, expanded and modernized, thanks to the philanthropic community which stood by it at all times.

With increasing cost of maintenance of the services, coupled with the cost of expert personnel to man the state-of-art facilities, and a fast advancing technology which demanded continuous modernization to fight obsolescence, the expenditure was growing at faster rates year after year. Naturally, the cost of treatment per bed increased manifold over the years, and the Hospital's determined bid to maintain its large number of free and subsidized beds resulted in significant addition to its costs. An ambitious programmed of expansion including the construction of a Multistoried Tower was already on hand.

The Hospital found itself going through a financial crisis. The Managing Council held detailed deliberations on the various options and finally resolved to accept the offer received from the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation (DAF). A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in December 1997 between the Hospital and DAF, the latter committing to bring in funds to the extent of Rs.45-60 Crores over the following 3-5 years. The Nominees of DAF were inducted on the governing bodies and steps began to be taken to improve the situation.

During the past seven years since DAF began its participation in the management of this Hospital, funds have been brought in to the tune of over Rs.62 Crores, for the revival and enhancement of facilities. A further amount of Rs. 8.70 Crores was given for undertaking medical research projects and improving the infrastructure for that purpose.

Extensive refurbishment was undertaken on the existing buildings giving a new, refreshing look to the Pediatric Ward, the Maternity and Gynaec Wards, all Operation Theatres, the ICCU, ICU, the Dialysis Unit, and several other areas. The Casualty services are now housed in a much larger area with better facilities, including a room for procedures and a few Day - Care Beds. An improved kitchen has replaced the old conventional kitchen. Much to the convenience of patients and their relatives, Pharmacy services are reorganized to facilitate supply of medicines, etc. directly to the patients round the clock. The Nurses Lecture Hall has been converted into a Functional Auditorium-cum-Class Rooms, good enough to organize prestigious Medical Conferences.

An Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) has been established, offering more professional care than what is feasible in the regular Ward, for patients who need a little more clinical attention. Later, a High Dependency Unit (HDU) was commissioned, adding a new dimension to our service to patients needing critical care. The ICU, the ICCU, the IPCU and the NICU continue to be in demand.

Upgradation of infrastructure in both diagnostics and patient management has been receiving top priority. The 4-Channel EMG, an exclusive Endoscopy Unit to do away with its earlier dependence on the Operation Theatre facilities, a state-of-the art Ophthalmology Unit, a full-fledged Cardiac Cath Lab and CT Scan Centre, Mammography equipment, Ventillators with pediatric attachments separately for the Operation Theatres and the Cath Lab, are some of the prestigious additions on our equipment front.

The refurbishment of the premises to meet the expectations of the generation next, modernization of infrastructure in most diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, addition of well trained and experienced Consultants in good numbers to the existing strength in many Departments, constant monitoring of the liaison with the Insurance Companies and Third Party Administrators, and above all the conscious steps taken to continuously improve the quality of delivery systems, have resulted in improved operational efficiency in respect of most services. The Hospital has been witnessing consistently improved productivity in most departments during the past few years, thanks to the restructuring of the staffing and services. The performance today is reminiscent of its glorious past.

The number of patients who received treatment at the Hospital as Indoor patients during last year (2004-'05) was 10385. It is after a gap of eight years that the Hospital is witnessing a patient load of this size. This has resulted in a Bed Occupancy level of 84%, the highest in recent years and a clean 10% jump over the previous year. At the Outdoor Department (P.T. Clinic) the Hospital rendered services to 45514 patients during the year, maintaining an average annual growth rate of around 10% during the past three years.

The Hospital has been organizing Free Health Camps - inside the Hospital Campus as also at several locations spread across the city and far flung areas in rural Maharashtra. On an average, one camp is organized every month. Our team of doctors and paramedical staff visited the site of the earthquake in Gujarat, actively participating in the medical relief work there. We also offered medical back up and support to the elders at the 'Dream Run' event organized in Mumbai recently with much fanfare. Continuing Medical Education Programmes are offered for the benefit of Family Physicians in the neighbourhood of the Hospital, and also the Resident Doctors.

The team deputed by the National Board of Examinations, after inspecting the facilities at the Hospital, has accorded recognition for DNB in 11 departments. These posts cover a wide spectrum of specialities and superspecialities. Several of our house posts are already recognized by the Indian Medical Council and for the various diploma programmes of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The Nurses Training College continues to turn out 100% results at the Diploma Examinations of the Maharashtra Nursing Council and several of our students have received awards at the State level.

The Hospital is also recognized by the University of Mumbai for admitting students pursuing the M.Sc. (by research) and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology, Biochemistry and Applied Biology.