Spread over 10 lakh sq ft space, the 19-storey Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute that was inaugurated on Monday and has many firsts to its credit.
Slated to be a cardiac specialty hospital and conceptualised in 1997 by Dr Nitu Mandke, a leading city-based cardiac surgeon, ran into problems after Dr Mandke’s death in 2003. The project was then taken over by Reliance ADAG in 2005.
The hospital has India’s only intra-operative MRI in an operation theatre enables surgeons to obtain real time MRI images before, during and after surgery. The hospital has machines to deliver radio surgical treatment to small deep tumours of the brain, lung, liver and prostate, besides the largest OT complex and ICU beds in Mumbai.
The 750-bed hospital at Four Bungalows in Andheri was inaugurated on Monday by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. It can accommodate upto 6,000 patients on a daily out-patient basis.
The hospital that offers services in 42 specialities also claims to have the largest footprint in physiotherapy and the largest dialysis centre in the city.
The hospital’s inauguration was attended by Anil and Tina Ambani, Kokilaben Ambani (after whom the hospital has been named), Dr Alka Mandke, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan besides others.
Kokilaben, wife of group founder Dhirubhai Ambani, donated Rs 75 crore to the hospital, which was built to celebrate her 75th birth year.