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May 03,2013
Times of India
Malathy Iyer

MUMBAI: An altruistic streak among Mumbaikars will help launch the city's first super-specialty hospital meant only for children.

Through a donation drive organized by NGO GiveIndia, a dozen of Mumbai's families and corporate houses have pitched in to build the hospital which will come up at Haji Ali in the next two years.

The hospital is the brainchild of the Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children (SRCC) and will be managed by Bangalore-based heart surgeon Devi Shetty's Narayana Hrudayalaya chain of hospitals.

S Ramadorai, vice-chairman of Tata Consultancy Services and SRCC chairman, told TOI, "The hospital will be built in three phases. We have collected half the money for Phase I, which will include setting up of 115 beds."

Dr Devi Shetty, who has set up affordable hospitals in 21 towns across India, said there is a need for paediatric healthcare in Mumbai. "In Bangalore, I see two to three children from Mumbai every month. Evenrich persons living in Mumbai have to look elsewhere for treatment of their children," he said.

Phase I is pegged to cost Rs 75 crore and will take about 30 months to complete, he added.

SRCC is confident of collecting the rest of the money within a month and starting civil work in June.

In a city that either has corporate or charity-run hospitals, the new hospital will be a new experiment.

"The hospital will be an example of building social infrastructure through collective effort It could well emerge as a model for hospitalsof the future," said Amit Chandra, the managing director of Bain Capital and a director of GiveIndia.

GiveIndia began the special drive for the hospital fund in April.

GiveIndia's Deepa Varadarajan said, "We looked at commitments ranging from Rs 2-5 crore from families that wanted to do something for Mumbai." The hospital will be designed to take care of 10,000-12,000 kids per year as in patients and 1,00,000 kids in outpatient department.

The proposed hospital will follow the Narayana Hrudayalaya revenue model; only 30% of the beds will be fully-paying beds while the rest will have various levels of subsidy. "'The fully-paying patients will subsidise others. The Narayana Hrudayalaya model has worked for the last 12 years," added Chandra.

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