Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha is perhaps the only institution in the country and possibly in the world that combines Fine Arts and Health Care. The Sabha believes that a healthy mind should dwell in a healthy body. Its community healthcare initiatives commenced on 24th January, 1974, with the formal inauguration by Dr. Rafique Zakaria, the then Health Minister of Maharashtra.
In the 40 years of its efforts to reach healthcare facilities to the poor and deserving, either free or at highly subsidised rates,
the Sabha extended its services in the areas of Dialysis, Eye-Care, Lifestyle Diseases and
Management, Physiotherapy, Homeopathy, Dental Care,
Imaging and Pathology. Outreach programmes in far-flung
slums of Mumbai through Medical
Camps brought healthcare virtually at the doorsteps of the people. Continual Medical Education in association with Hinduja Hospital and later, on its own, attracts a wide cross-section of general practitioners for updates and recent trends in medicine.
Over 30 leading doctors offer honorary services to an out-patient count of over 60,000 annually. Subsidised multi-
specialty health care is provided, such as general medicine, diabetology and diet, orthopedics, physiotherapy, sonography, gynaecology, dermatology, pediatrics, dermatology, dentistry, psychiatry, ENT, pathology and homeopathy.
Ruby Jubilee Celebrations - March 23, 2015
The Medical Centre completed 40 years of yeoman service to poor and middle class community living in the vicinity of the Sabha. Commemorating this milestone, the Ruby Jubilee, a celebration was held on March 23, 2015. Bharat Ratna
Dr. A. P. J. Kalam was the chief guest. The main aim of the function was to use the occasion to bring to fore, not just the services rendered by the Sabha in the field of community healthcare, but the enormous contribution of a few representative persons and institutions, who, through their selfless services, have made a difference in the field.
On the occasion of the Ruby Jubilee, the following were honoured with the Medical Centre’s Ruby Jubilee Awards:
1. Dr. R. V. Ramani, an eminent Ophthalmologist, for his devoted service in Eye Care, in over ten cities
2. Dr. Georgi Abraham, an eminent Nephrologist, for his contribution to treatment of renal diseases and dialysis
3. Smt. Chhaya Pramod Lad for her sacrifice, devotion and commitment to the ailing and research on infection contro
4. Doctors for You, a group of young and devoted doctors,
for their humanitarian work
5. Smt. Malathi Venkatesan, a patient who underwent dialysis and kidney transplant, for her active involvement with underprivileged kidney patients and for promoting awareness about organ donations
6. Kumari Malavath Purna, a young tribal girl, who, with grit, conquered Mt. Everest.
During this occasion, Roop Manek Banshali Trust announced a donation of Rs. 25 crores for setting up Shanmukhananda Roop Manek Banshali Advanced Centre for Renal Sciences at the present Dr. M. S. Subbulaxmi Auditorium premises. The Trust further announced a donation of Rs. 75 lakhs towards the Patient Assistance Fund for dialysis procedures, during the year 2015-16. Due to the munificence of various donors, the Sabha was in a position to offer Ruby Jubilee Discount to all patients undergoing dialysis. (The average charge per dialysis was reduced to Rs. 250. Out of 57 patients, 42 were offered dialysis free of charge.)
Shanmukhananda Kansai Nerolac Dialysis Centre
In 2003, its Golden Jubilee year, the Sabha started the dialysis centre with 4 machines. Since then, Shanmukhananda Kansai Nerolac Dialysis Centre has come to the rescue of scores of kidney patients. Dialysis is our mission; which is to provide treatment to those who suffer the stress and tension of urban lifestyles. There are scores of poor and middle class city-dwellers, who need dialysis two or three times a week. This being a costly procedure, it drains his energy and income. The Sabha provides this service either free of cost or at highly subsidized rates, with the help of various philanthropic organizations and individuals, who have been very gracious
with their donations to the Medical Centre.
The challenge is not only to keep the treatment affordable but also to maintain a high standard of service. More than twenty five per cent of the patients are treated free. Today, the centre has 13 machines, with 10 well-trained and qualified technicians, nurses, RMO and 2 eminent nephrologists. Efforts are on to
rope in more support to meet the challenges of this service.
Highlights of Operations 2014-15
The Centre continued to provide dialysis to poor and needy patients at highly subsidized rates. The year was an important one for the Centre, with the Sabha receiving large donations from Tata Education & Development Trust, State Bank of India, Mr. Sunder Iyer, M/s Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd. And Roop Bhansali Trust. Two of the old dialysis machines were replaced because of the generous donations from Mr. N. H. Israni and
Mr. S. S. Rajan, a senior member of the Managing Committee.
Comparative data of patients / procedures conducted in various departments of the Centre is given below.
||No. of patients
|Eye Care OPD
|Eye care other procedures
|Retina OPD / Tests
|Diabetology & Diet
major event for the Eye Care Centre was the inauguration of
a Retina section, a much-needed addition. The first stage was
to offer Retina testing and treatment along with minor surgical services. Towards this aim, a Retina Room was set up with state-of-the-art equipment. These include:
• Zeiss Viscucam 500 Fundus Camera
• Zeiss Optical Coherence Tomography model CIRRUS
HD – Oct 500
• Humphrey Atlas 9000 Corneal Topography System
• Zeiss OPMI Lumera Surgical Microscope
• A fixed digital CRYO instrument
The State Bank of India extended a generous donation of Rs. 1.34 crores to meet the entire cost of this stage of the project. The Retina section became functional in November 2014 and to date, 213 tests have been conducted. The section was formally inaugurated on December 13, 2014, with the blessings of Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.
Details of dialysis undertaken at our Dialysis Centre
• No. of dialysis done - April 2014 - March 2015 – 5782
• No. of patients as on 1st April, 2014 – 45
• No. of patients as on 31st March, 2015 – 57
• Shifts operated per day – 2
• Total capacity of all machines to do dialysis every month – 576
(12 machines + 1 standby)
• Average no. of dialysis done during a month – 482
• Capacity utilization - 84%
• Dialysis done during March 2015 – 537
• Capacity utilization in March 2015 - 93%
Distribution of the economic status of the patients
||CHARGE PER DIALYSIS
||below Rs.50,000 per annum
||Rs.50,000 to Rs.1lakh
|| Rs. 250
||Rs.2.50 lakhs-Rs.5 lakhs
|| above Rs.5 lakhs
Average charge per dialysis: Rs. 250
Eye Care Centre
The Eye Care Centre is totally devoted to community ophthalmology. Approximately, 25000 patients have been treated at the OPD to date. Over 400 cataract surgeries have been performed.
Dr. Aniruddha Mahindrakar, Vitreo-Retinal Eye Surgeon says…
Retinal diseases lead to irreversible vision loss in the young
and working-age population, unless they are detected and treated on time. Detection and treatment of retinal diseases need a lot of equipment and expertise which is costly. Our
centre is equipped with the best equipment from Carl Zeiss, Germany. All this digital technology helps in early detection of retinal diseases. The images can be stored digitally and then
can be retrieved so that sequential analysis as well as comparison can be done. Visulas Laser System is also by Zeiss, Germany. Our laser helps in treating diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases so that vision loss can be prevented.
The laser helps in aiming a high definition beam on to the
retinal blood vessels. This reduces the leakage from the blood vessels and prevents bleeding. And so the vision loss can be reduced.
All this treatment can be done in the out-patients department requiring no admission. And therefore, the patient can go back to work immediately.
The Retina Services will be incomplete without a surgical facility. The centre is self sufficient in terms of fully equipped Operation Theatre for cataract operations, associated retina testing facilities, experienced surgeons and well trained auxiliary personnel. However, lack of surgical setup is stopping us from doing retinal surgeries. This leads to patients losing important time till they undergo surgery, increasing the risk of being blind, as precious time is lost. We propose to install Vitrectomy equipment, Resight with inverter tube attachment to suit the Zeiss OPMI Lumera Surgicalisting Microscope, which is already installed in the centre.
Under the banner of Dr. K. S. Varadachary Memorial Continuing Medical Education lectures, we have a lot of specialists who come and address the general practitioners in our area. Lectures on health care are conducted by medical experts for the benefit of Sabha members. Annual health
check-up is conducted for Sabha members.
Services rendered since inception at the Medical Centre
Eye Care OPD - 1,51,567
Surgery - 4058
Dialysis - 34,625
Pathology - 2,09,425
Homeopathy - 23,333
Physiotherapy - 28,140
Thyrocare - 8047
Imaging - 28,104
The uniqueness of Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha is that it is perhaps the only institution of its kind that promotes not only the fine arts and nourishes the culture of this land, but also has grown to become one of the finest centres of medical care.