Orange City Hospital & Research Institute, a unit of Ravi Nair Hospitals & Research Institute is an ISO certified and fully NABH accredited multi super speciality hospital rendering services of around 150 doctors through 60 varied departments under one roof. OCHRI has always joined hands with government for managing any calamity be it natural, accident etc. OCHRI was one of the city’s first private hospitals whose services was sought by Government for managing Covid cases. They had converted a complete building for Covid section. During peak time, 67 beds were dedicated for Covid care at OCHRI which functioned under able leadership of Dr. Nandu Kolwadkar supported by Dr. Samir Choudhary, Dr. Santosh Dhole, Dr. Ravindra Sawarkar, Dr. Hemant Waghmare and Dr. Sushant Muley.
Recently Dr. Sonu Meher-UNICEF Consultant and Ms. Prachi Thakre from IDSP State Cell visited OCHRI Covid Care Center for facility assessment.
After gathering details and interacting with OCHRI Covid team members post facility visit; they conveyed their compliments to OCHRI Team and stated that there are many best management practices followed at OCHRI. They added that there is complete isolation of Covid DCH facility at OCHRI from Non Covid service areas. They appreciated personal safety measures and quality protocol adherence by OCHRI Covid team. After learning that OCHRI had organized a function to recognize the efforts of each team members from Specialist to sanitary worker including local police as per of 26th January patriotic ceremony; they added such appreciation of team members goes a long way in maintaining a good working atmosphere. They valued that even though Government had not stipulated any guidelines of Clinical Specialist inclusion in Covid Care team; OCHRI had proactively gone ahead with conceptualizing a comprehensive Covid team of ENT Surgeons, Intensivist, Physician and Chest Physician with round the clock Clinical Assistants supervised by hospital based round the clock Intensivists to provide best possible care to incoming Covid patients.
At the outset, Dr. Vidya Nair- RNHPL Director welcomed the government team and conveyed the compliments of TEAM OCHRI to Government for being visionary and planning such a facility wise analysis to compile good management practices and lacunas to improve overall public health services in future. Dr. Anup Marar-OCHRI Director highlighted the indigenous administrative protocols initiated at OCHRI and enumerated practical suggestions to prevent shortcomings in public health care delivery during any forthcoming pandemic. Dr. Santosh Dhole- Convener, OCHRI Covid Specialist Team highlighted the clinical protocols made applicable at OCHRI. Shri.Sunil Sure- OCHRI CGM coordinated the itinerary of the Inspectors.