Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital For Children: Democratizing World-Class Pediatric Care In India

Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala,  CEOThe inequality in accessing quality healthcare services and knowledge in India, especially in pediatric care, is a soaring issue. It’s an unjust fact that the congenital and acquired heart illnesses are prevalent amongst under privileged who lack knowledge and access to the appropriate treatment. One of the results is that one in a hundred children in India suffer from a heart ailment. Located in the heart of Mumbai, the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children (BJWHC) pledges to beat these numbers and to ensure that every kid in need gets access to the expensive cardiac treatments. BJWHC carries forward the philanthropic legacy of the Wadia Family, delivering world-class treatments in Pediatrics care at affordable costs regardless of the patients’ socio economic status. The hospital alone treats more than 5000 children with heart ailments annually, out of which almost 700 to 800 need surgical intervention. A teaching hospital of world-wide repute, this 525 bed healthcare centre is propelled by a highly accomplished team, comprising of over 60 pediatrics specialists who devote themselves to the care of over 2,00,000 children on an outpatient basis, and approximately 20,000 children as inpatients, annually.

There is an entire gamut of parameters that make BJWHC a common man’s center for world class treatment. For instance with 155 beds, it has the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the West Zone and is the only centre for Neonatal/Pediatric Dialysis in Western India. In its effort to provide universal healthcare BJWHC also acts as a tertiary level referral center a nodal centre for Clubfoot in Maharashtra. Furthermore BJWHC has a centre of excellence for Pediatric Cardiology where more than 2000 children have benefitted in a short span of over two years, alongside Centers of Excellence in the field of Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Neurosurgery Pediatric Surgery, Nephrology Hemat Oncology Bone Marrow Transplant and many more. The hospital is on a mission to zero the list of children in Maharashtra who are waiting for a Pediatric Surgery.
The Overall Well being of Children
“We place children at the center of all our healthcare services. Our brightly painted walls are surrounded with their favorite Disney characters. We have created an environment that does its best to keep their spirits high. With tender care by the staff and each doctor taking a personal interest in every child’s health and well-being, we believe our responsibility is much more than just medical treatment,” asserts Nusli N Wadia, Chairman, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children.

With tender care by the staff and each doctor taking a personal interest in every child’s health and well-being, we believe our responsibility is much more than just medical treatment

In truth the heart ailment of children is only a part of the bigger problem. It’s said that more than 40 percent of the children in India are malnourished or stunted. With an aim to mitigate this drastic predicament besides providing comprehensive clinical care BJWHC also offers rehabilitation and family focused methods of promoting a healthy environment for the child,thus striving to prevent a wide spectrum of childhood diseases. “In association with UNICEF, we have come-up with a Nutritional Rehabilitation Center to treat malnourished patients. In addition we also conduct an ‘Annual Little Hearts Marathon’to not only engage the community to participate in the healthy and fun event, but also spread awareness and raise the funds essential to setup and maintain the state-of-the-art cardiac facility,”adjoins Nusli.

More in the Pipeline
The group also runs a maternity healthcare center Now rosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, which specializes in offering affordable obstetric and gynecological services to women across all sections of society. In addition to over 25 prestigious international and national awards for quality care and healthcare services, both the hospitals have received Nursing Excellence Certificate from National Accreditation Board for two consecutive terms a rare achievement for a public hospital. The hospitals today are in the process of obtaining NABH accreditation, while also planning to adjoin a comprehensive MRI center, which will be functional soon. “Extending new horizons, we are also in the process of launching our Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, which will enable us to complete the Onco Care gamut at our hospital,”concludes Nusil.

Key Management
Nusli N Wadia, Chairman
Nusli is an Indian born British Parsi businessman, entrepreneur and the chairman of the Wadia Group. A part of the prominent Wadia family, Nusli is on a mission to democratize quality, world class healthcare in India through the group’s healthcare initiatives.

Location: Mumbai
Healthcare Services: Comprehensive Pediatric Care