Maj.(Dr) Sonal Dixit, Administrator, NM Wadia Institute of Cardiology, Pune, has 5 years of experience as a commissioned officer in the Armed Forces of India (Army Medical Corps). Certified NABH assessor from past 4 years, she has done close to 20 assessments of various hospitals in India.
She joined NM Wadia Institute of Cardiology, in year 2011 as an Administrator. This year on 17th September when NM Wadia is ging to complete its successful 50 years, Ekta Srivastava, Health Technology, talks to Dr Dixit in an email interaction about the future plans of the hospital.
What is NM Wadia Institute of Cardiology all about?
NM Wadia has been a part of Pune’s authentic heritage since the very beginning; they have grown and developed with Pune. They have developed the excellence and leadership in Treatment of Heart Care. The hospital has a focused approach in the Cardiology sector catering to the Cardiology needs on all levels required. Under the leadership of Dr. S.M.S Mody, many internationally renowned doctors and surgeons have operated and are a part of the hospital. To continue the linage ahead, Neville Mody continues to take ahead the ethical approach of his beloved father in the hospital. Even in the 50th year of the hospital, world’s best doctors are associated with NM Wadia Institute of Cardiology, who also are a part of the Advisory Board.
India has been a part of major disease burden over the past couple of decades. The situation however has seen improvements due to medical care, technology and best doctors made available to the citizens. One such pioneer in the healthcare industry, serving people since 1966 has been NM Wadia Institute of Cardiology. With a vision to serve people suffering from cardiac diseases, Dr. S.M.S Mody started NM Wadia Institute of Cardiology in 1966 which is a Charitable Trust Hospital. Dr. Mody was an aluminus of the prestigious B J Medical College, Pune. After doing his MD (medicine), he went to England and obtained his M.R.C.P. (Cardiology) from the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh in 1960 and also became the Fellow of Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. The experience gathered by him pushed him to make a difference in people’s lives and thus was the birth of NM Wadia Institute of Cardiology.
What are the developments that have taken place in the field of cardiology?
Disruptive innovation is the new mantra. In no other field is it more relevant than in the field of cardiovascular medicine as this science is at the centre of the most advanced technologies, the most expensive techniques, the conditions most sensitive to changing lifestyle and demographies and the deepest scientific understandings. In coming years the predictive power of genomics, neutraceuticals, minimally invasive surgeries, robotics, imaging and heart replacements are going to dictate the management protocols of heart patients.
What policy changes are needed to facilitate organ transplants in India?
For a robust organ transplant environment, two things are important-safe and shortest possible system to retrieve and store organs. For this, it’s important to have a network of all the healthcare organizations involved in this process to facilitate Organ Transplantation in the safest way in shortest possible time and to collect data to develop and publish a National registry. Also, since our culture and religious beliefs guide and affect the people, an awareness program about the benefits of organ donation should be pursued. Emphasis should be on educating the people that organ donation is a noble act which is not in contradiction to our culture and beliefs.
Being one of the oldest hospitals in Pune, What are the future plans of NM Wadia Institute of cardiology?
Under the leadership of Dr. S.M.S Mody, many internationally renowned doctors and surgeons have operated and are a part of the hospital. To continue the linage ahead, Neville Mody continues to take ahead the ethical approach of his beloved father in the hospital. Even in the 50th year of the hospital, world’s best doctors are associated with NM Wadia Institute of Cardiology, who also are a part of the Advisory Board.
While continuing the legacy of serving as the pioneers in Heart care, NM Wadia Institute of Cardiology has offered the healthcare industry with the latest technology – probably the very firsts in the industry since its inception for the betterment of the society. N M Wadia was the first hospital in Pune to have a cathlab, a dedicated cardiac OT and was the first exclusive cardiac facility in Maharashtra. It was the first hospital in Pune to get empanelled by NBE, Delhi for DNB cardiology, and a super speciality qualification. Today, N M Wadia has a state of the art cathlab, an Electrophysiology lab, two cardiac OTs with facility to do minimally invasive cardiac surgeries (no chest incision, only small holes are made), latest colour Doppler machines, Stress test machine, ECG holter system that records ECG not only for 24 hrs but also for 7 days if need be, a 24Hrs Blood Pressure monitoring system and a fully automatic biochemistry analyser in the pathology lab. Once the present expansion plan is completed, the hospital will have cardiac CT, MRI and radio nuclear facilities.
With the constant love and support of their patients, the hospital soon plans to expand in terms of Infrastructure and Technology in terms of fulfilling the needs of the citizens. This is an attempt to treat hundreds and thousands of heart patients, more particularly the under-privileged segment of society, to truly achieve the objective of an ethically driven hospital.