Mumbai suburb gets new heart centre
Mumbai: As more and more patients with heart ailments continue to seek treatment in Mumbai's overburdened hospitals, the Holy Spirit Hospital in suburban Andheri opens its new Heart Centre Sunday.
The hospital's specialised heart unit answers a pressing need as it often had to refer cardiac cases to other hospitals in the absence of a full-fledged centre of its own.
The new 10,000-square-foot facility with a dedicated 14-bed intensive cardiac care unit boasts a modern catheterisation lab and a fully equipped cardiac operation theatre.
Catering to the poor
Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan will inaugurate the hospital. Mumbai archbishop Cardinal Gracias will bless the facility.
"From a humble beginning 43 years back as an outpatient clinic to today's modern 330-bed multi-speciality hospital, we bring specialised care to all irrespective of caste, religion or economicstatus at an affordable cost," said Sister Lissy, executive director of the hospital.
Seventy per cent of the patients seeking treatment at the hospital are from a poor background, she said.
The hospital, part of the private charitable trust, the Catholic Mission Hospital, is owned and managed by an order of nuns called the Servants of Holy Spirit. It started off as a tiny dispensary for the poor in 1965. In 1967, it took the shape of a 65-bed hospital with a general ward.