Established with an aim to be an affordable multi-specialty corporate hospital in rural parts of Gandhinagar, Goenka Hospital represents an emerging trend in healthcare
By Nikita Apraj, ENN
“We aim to provide the best healthcare facilities to patients in rural areas, because for them it is difficult and unaffordable to approach high-end specialty city hospitals” Dr Manoj Kodwani, Sr Medical Administrator, Goenka Hospital
Hailing from some distant village in Gandhinagar district, Kantaben’s eyes are filled with happiness as she looks at her new-born baby quietly sleeping in her lap. Her dream has come true- a dream that her baby would enter the world in a reputed hospital, in presence of experts to help her. Thanks to Goenka Hospital.
Located in the outskirts of Gandhinagar, Goenka Hospital is a 100-bedded multi-specialty hospital catering to rural population of the district. “We aim to provide the best healthcare facilities to patients in rural areas. For them it is difficult and unaffordable to approach high-end specialty hospitals in cities, especially in case of an emergency,” tells Dr. Manoj Kodwani, Sr. Medical Administrator, Goenka Hospital.
Not an easy path
Recruiting staff and doctors proved the biggest challenge in initial stages, given the location of the hospital. Attracting rural patients was another challenge as it was difficult to convince them that even they can avail super specialty healthcare facilities at an affordable cost. After incessant efforts of two and a half year, the hospital has now started gaining a momentum. The hospital today has a team of doctors practicing various specialties including critical care, anesthesiology, oncosurgery and even neurosurgery. The hospital also has a team of highly qualified and dedicated para-medical staff backed by advanced medical infrastructure.
ICU-on-Wheels ambulance is a unique concept implemented at the Goenka Hospital. Equipped with fully atomized ventilator and advance centralized monitoring system with complete set-up of ICU in ambulance, the vehicle is used for transporting critical patients to the hospital. The facility has been proved very helpful for the people residing at remote villages.
“The monitor in the ambulance is connected with monitor in ICU and an expert’s chamber at the hospital. A team of experts at hospital guide the doctor and his team in ambulance on its way to the hospital. It also helps us make necessary arrangement at
the hospital before the patient reach helping patient get an immediate treatment,” Dr. Kodwani explains.
Leveraging Government schemes
Goenka Hospital is affiliated with many government schemes through which it provides advance medical services to Below Poverty Line (BPL) patients. Some of these are Rashtriya Sasthya Bima Yojana Scheme (RSBY), Mukhyamantri Amrutam Yojana, Chiranjeevi Yojana, Bal Sakha Yojana and Jana Suraksha Yojana.
“Through the schemes we provide our advance healthcare facilities totally free of cost to the BPL families. About 56,000 BPL families of Gandhinagar District are getting benefits of all these facilities through these schemes,” informs Dr. Kodwani.
“We aim to take this institute to national level and to provide state-ofart healthcare facilities to more population,” Dr. Kodwani says with a shine in his eyes.