Canadian delegation visits Rotary-OCHRI Skin Bank


Rotary-OCHRI Skin bank is doing a yeoman service for the solace of needy burn victims of Central India. This Skin Bank has come as a boon. Rotary Club of Nagpur which was instrumental in donating equipments for this skin bank is being developed and maintained by Nagpur based Orange City Hospital & Research Institute on no profit basis.

The Cadaveric skin which is processed scientifically in this skin bank is subsequently used a biological burn dressing by all major burns surgeons of Central India. Many delegations from far and wide visit this skin bank to understand its working methodology which is guided by National Burns Center, Mumbai.

Recently a Canadian delegation paid a visit to Rotary-OCHRI Skin bank to obtain details and personally confirm the working of this skin bank. The Canadian delegation comprised of Dino Marzaro, Karen Fortin, Hakin Zahar, Leila Besseghaier, Fay Campbell, Dorma Grant, William Gray and David Steeves.

At the outset Dr.Usha Nair, Director, Ravi Nair Hospitals Private Limited welcomed them and while Dr.Sameer Jahagirdar, Plastic Surgeon & Specialist Incharge, Rotary- OCHRI Skin bank highlighted the accomplishments. Rtn. Khushnoor Chugh, President & Rtn. Parag Paranjape, Secretary, Rotary Club of Nagpur also explained the public awareness measures being undertaken by RCN to sensitize public for skin donation. Rtn Prashant Kale, Rtn Ravi Wankhede, Rtn Sati Khanna and Rtn Nimish Sutaria were also prominently present.

Shri.Santosh Mykalwar, NBC trained Skin Bank Technician explained the facilities and provisions made in Rotary- OCHRI Skin Bank. Smt.Saramma Samuel, Shri.Ganesh Iyer, Shri.Santosh Mykalwar, Shri.Pankaj Wadaskar, Shri.Roy Thomas, Shri.Prakash Shende and Shri.Avinash Ganar worked hard for the success of this visit.

The delegation complimented TEAM OCHRI and Rotary Club of Nagpur to have envisaged such a unique social venture which not only reduces mortality and morbidity of burn victims but reduces their physical and mental agony apart from cost reduction in treatment vis-à-vis artificial grafts which are 10 times costlier.

TATA TRUST TO SUPPORT OCHRI’s Freedom from Deafness movement- GEETA


Needy deaf children requiring Cochlear Implant Surgery may approach OCHRI for subsidized surgery      

TATA TRUST TO SUPPORT OCHRI’s Freedom from Deafness movement- GEETA

OCHRI thanks CM & Shri. Ratan Tata

Nagpur based Orange City Hospital & Research Institute caters to a vast section of Central India populace and has made a distinct mark as the Trusted Tertiary Medicare Center of Central India. OCHRI ENT Department reached their zenith of glory by commencing regular cochlear implant surgeries. A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The surgeries of 5 needy children are being undertaken at OCHRI by team of ENT Surgeons namely Dr.Nandu Kolwadkar, Dr.Sameer Choudhary and Dr.Ajay Deshpande led by Mentor & Chief Surgeon Padma Shree Dr. Milind V. Kirtane, Mumbai.

Hearing loss is the third leading chronic disability following arthritis and hypertension. 9 out of every 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear. Cochlear implants may help provide hearing in patients who are deaf because of damage to sensory hair cells in their cochleas.

OCHRI’s “Freedom from Deafness” movement has been commenced under aegis of “Project Geeta”. Smt.Geeta, only sister of Shri.Udaybhaskar Nair, Chairman, OCHRI is congenitally hearing impaired. Thus he is aware of the problems faced by hearing impaired individuals hence wants to make all efforts to abolish congenital deafness from Vidarbha. On initiating the project under name of “Geeta”; he said Geeta is a sacred name for Hindus as the Hindu scripture- The Bhagwad Geeta’s calls for selfless action. Later he read about Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian girl stranded in Pakistan for 13 years who recently got reunited with the family. Hence Shri.Nair felt that OCHRI’s “Freedom from Deafness movement” should be launched under the name and insignia of Geeta.

Although OCHRI have state of art infrastructural readiness and competent hands to perform said surgery on regular basis; the exorbitant cost of said implant was becoming a deterrent. Looking into the efforts of OCHRI to bring Nagpur into Cochlear Implant Surgery map; Hon’ble Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister requested Shri.Rajan Tata to provide financial assistance to poor and needy deaf children of Vidarbha for CI surgeries at OCHRI. Accordingly, Shri.Omprakash Shete, Office of Chief Minister Relief Fund coordinated with Dr.Anup Marar, Director-OCHRI and Shri. Kumar Chaitanya, Head, Individual Grants- TATA TRUST and history was created when TATA TRUST formally signed an MOU with Orange City Hospital & Research Institute wherein grant of Rs. 5 lac per child has been approved by TATA Trusts. This grant is applicable for 5 poor and needy children per month. Likewise Chief Minister’s Office has also assured endowment of Rs. 1-2 lacs per child from CM relief fund. Such grant for health care by TATA TRUST is first time in these parts of Vidarbha.

After inspecting the infrastructure and interacting with all concerned; the MOU was formally signed by Shri. Kumar Chaitanya, Head, Individual Grants- TATA TRUST and Dr.Usha Nair, Director, Ravi Nair Hospitals Private Limited in presence of Dr.Anup Marar, Director- OCHRI, Dr.Vidya Nair, Director- RNHPL and Dr.Nandu Kolwadkar, Convener, OCHRI Cochlear Implant Surgery and Smt.Kumudini Todankar, Assistant Manager, Individual Grants-TATA Trusts. Prominently present on this occasion were Dr.Sameer Choudhary, Dr.Ajay Deshpande, Dr.Ashish Disawal, Shri.Simha Chalam, Dr.Deepak Dongre, Smt.Manjiri Damle, Smt.Saramma Samuel, Shri.Ganesh Iyer & Shri.Rajan Thakur.

The gathering also requested all statutory health authorities and doctors to ensure that Hearing screening assessment compulsory for all new borns at all maternity homes/ hospitals before they are discharged. This will help the government and OCHRI in screening out affected children and render timely assistance to them as it would be ideal to perform surgery before 18 months of age.

The 2nd set of 6 Cochlear implant Surgeries is scheduled on 13th March 2016 at OCHRI. Kindly note only genuinely financially deficient patients in need of Cochlear Implant surgery will be provided the benefit of this grant. For details and assistance, parents of needy deaf children requiring Cochlear Implant Surgery can approach Smt.Manjiri Damle or Smt.Saramma Samuel, OCHRI Cochlear Implant Cell during working hours.




One 24 years male, resident of Umrer, was referred from WCL Umrer Area hospital to Orange City Hospital & Research Institute at around 7pm on 10.02.2016 in a very critical condition. As per the information, he had been Hit by a bull on Left Thigh at around 5:30pm on 10.02.2016 near Umrer while pillion riding in a two wheeler. He got successfully treated and discharged from OCHRI on 25.02.2016.

When he reached Casualty of Orange City Hospital & Research Institute, he was profusely bleeding from the Lt groin wound caused by bull horn hit, his general condition was poor, he was drowsy, Blood pressure was very low, Left Foot was cool, Left Lower limb feeble pulsation and hemoglobin was 6.0 gm%. In OCHRI casualty, Dr. Deepak Kore, CMO and Dr. Rohit Gupta, Vascular Surgeon immediately attended him. Provisional Diagnosis kept was Bull horn injury of Left External Iliac Vein with Intimal injury of Left Common Femoral Artery ( CFA) with Acute Left Lower limb Ischemia ( Lower blood supply) with Shock.

After preliminary examination he was immediately shifted to Operation Theatre for emergency surgical management. Looking into his critical condition even death on table consent was taken from his relatives. He underwent Exploration of wound in OCHRI’s hi-tech modular Operation theatre complex for bleeding with repair & ligation of Lt. External Iliac vein with Lt. Common Femoral artery embolectomy and repair of Common Femoral Artery with evacuation of haematoma by Dr. Rohit Gupta, Vascular Surgeon and Dr. Tushar Bhure, Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Smita Harkare provided the necessary intricate anesthesia.

He was admitted in OCHRI CCU and later shifted to ward under care of Dr. Rohit Gupta, Dr. Tushar Bhure and Dr. Rajesh Atal, Critical Care Physician. The team was ably backed by round the clock stationed Intensivists namely Dr. Ganesh Bure, Dr. Umesh Thorat, Dr.Rani Lakhe, Dr. Ashish Shukla, Dr. Saurabh Pathak, Dr.Roshan Jawlekar, Dr. Parag Patil, Dr.Kavita Dhurvey, SMO I/c- Surgery and Dr. Anit Prakash, SMO I/c Wards with their teams.

On behalf of WCL; Dr.Mrs. Rama Rao, Area Medical Officer Incharge, WCL Umrer visited the patient and complimented TEAM OCHRI for the timely able management and efforts to snatch him from jaws of sheer death and discharged him successfully. They conveyed that appreciation is due to OCHRI who always stand upto their expectations of needy central Indians in tackling odd serious cases.

It is added that since its inception two decades back; OCHRI has gained a distinct name as an exemplary accident and emergency management center in view of round the clock Intensive care specialists and around 150 doctors serving through 60 departments under one roof. More than 65 companies and organization of Central India have empanelled OCHRI for the timely quality health care of their beneficiaries.

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The 100 page proposal of Orange City Hospital & Research Institute with all details related to team constitution/ plans for rendition of comprehensive medical services at forthcoming World Cup T20 matches in Nagpur was recently handed over by to Adv.Dilip Daga Chairman- Medical Committee- VCA by Dr.Anup Marar, OCHRI Administrative Coordinator and Shri.Sunil Sure, OCHRI Deputy Administrative Coordinator. Apart from 8 world cup matches; 11 practice matches will also be covered by TEAM OCHRI. This includes ALS, BLS ambulances, specialists, medical officers, nurses, attendants and stretcher bearers along with coordinators as desired by ICC & BCCI. Adv. Dilip Daga has commended the professional punctual synchronization being done by OCHRI. A meeting of nominated TEAM OCHRI members with VCA Medical Committee will be held in Jaivik Hall during coming week.

Dr.Vidya Nair represents OCHRI in AHPI Global Conclave


Association of Healthcare Providers (India) represents more than 10000 healthcare providers in India. AHPI collaborates with national and international FORUMS, engaged in work of similar nature to have access to best practices and undertake training & quality improvement activities in India and abroad. Orange City Hospital & Research Institute has the distinction of representing Vidarbha in Association of Healthcare Providers (India) – Maharashtra & Goa executive board with Dr.Anup Marar as Joint Secretary.

AHPI GLOBAL CONCLAVE was recently held at Mumbai. Educating & Advocating for Well Being of Common Man, Health for All: Roadmap, Patient Safety Tool kit, Managing Healthcare Costs, LEAN & GREEN Hospitals, SMART Hospitals, Role of IT Sector, Role of Pharma Sector, Role of Medical Equipments and Nursing Empowerment were few topics covered by all major Healthcare Providers of India during this conclave.

OCHRI was represented in this Global Conclave by Dr Vidya Nair, Director, Ravi Nair Hospitals Private Limited. After partaking in this prestigious summit, she stated that she got a good insight into the Indian Health Care sector. She highlighted that the changing climate within the sector was palpable as the topics of discussion involved Universal health care to SMART hospitals and how with innovation we can decrease the hospital costs. As much change is not easy, it is inevitable she added.

Indian healthcare is passing through critical phase. There is growing perception that healthcare is unduly expensive. Alongside there is an increasing awareness and demand for the patient safety and quality of care. The healthcare is also becoming an election agenda. That brings proactive push for reforms by the government. All these factors pose serious challenge to healthcare providers, who will be required to constantly keep innovating and do fine balancing act. The increase in demand on private sector would be coupled with complying with regulatory and patient safety norms. It is in this perspective that Association of Healthcare Providers (India) had chosen the theme for its Global Conclave I.e. Affordable & Safe ‘Health for All’ through collaborative efforts of Hospitals, Pharmaceuticals, IT and Medical Equipment companies. AHPI believes that ‘Health for All’ can only be realized through collaborative approach involving all Stake holders. The conclave took a holistic view of composite issues and tried to present practical solutions to meet with the emerging challenges.

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