Godrej Memorial Hospital
The Godrej Memorial Hospital (GMH) has treated 35,000 patients and performed 3,128 surgeries since inception. We provide quality healthcare services at an affordable cost in a rational and ethical manner. We have free well-equipped cardiac ambulances to attend to medical emergencies in a 10 km zone. An Anti Retroviral Treatment Center in association with NACO is available for HIV patients.
GMH was set up by Godrej Memorial Trust. The objective of the hospital was to create a balance between the philanthropic hospital in the city and the private hospitals. For this, an alternate business model was created which would emulate philanthropic hospitals but have high quality healthcare services at an affordable cost.
The hospital has implemented this unique business model, and today even the highest rates in the state-of-the-art hospital are 40-60 percent lower than other private hospitals. The model is inspired by the concept of Sustainable Philanthropy. This model was adopted with the belief that a wholly philanthropic model would not be sustainable and would grow only in a very limited sense.
GMH has been awarded the NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals) accreditation w.e.f. 1st July 2009. GMH is now in the league of a select few hospitals in India to have achieved the same. The hospital has to comply with more than 500 predetermined objectives to receive NABH accreditation. The accreditation assures ‘Quality of Care & Patient Safety’ in accredited Hospitals. NABH standards are accredited by International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) as consistent with its global benchmarks.
Godrej supports The Heroes Project in trying to bring an end to misconceptions and in spreading awareness about HIV and AIDS. In addition, employees are urged to take preventive care to combat AIDS through posters, hand outs, street plays and talks.
Heroes AIDS Project is a national initiative launched in July 2004 to work with media organizations and societal leaders in India. It seeks to develop coordinated campaigns to address the spread of HIV & AIDS and reduce stigma and discrimination by influencing public perception and policy through two platforms: advocacy and communications.
The project had its beginning in a fund raising event for pediatric AIDS organized by Mrs. Parmeshwar Godrej called ‘A Time for Heroes, India’. The event, held in December ’02 was hugely successful and brought together Indian media, entertainment and business houses which committed to use their combined strength to advocate on issues related to HIV and AIDS.
India, with its population of over one billion people, requires timely and sustained intervention in the area of HIV and AIDS. Heroes AIDS Project aims to harness India’s communication power by converting the passion and ideals of a small but powerful core of concerned individuals into tangible actions by the government and public in India. The Project seeks to advocate with the Indian government to strengthen existing methods of information distribution; and create a range of communication materials to complement advocacy and media initiatives so that the public is connected to important HIV and AIDS related services.
Twenty-eight television PSAs and numerous radio PSAs productions and around 29,000 times their airing across various media networks later, Heroes AIDS Project is the largest non-governmental media campaign garnering nearly fifty-percent of the media exposure on HIV and AIDS in India.
Visit HP at www.heroesprojectindia.org
Blood is a life saving fluid. It can be produced only by the human body, making it priceless. It gives the gift of life to many people in critical conditions.
A blood donation camp is organized by Godrej every year on the death anniversaries of its founders Naval Godrej and Burjorji Godrej. Godrejites support this noble cause in big numbers and save precious lives of fellow humans. The number of people donating blood in consecutive years has always shown an encouraging trend.
Leading hospitals, the Red Cross Society and Indian Medical Association extend their help in conducting these camps.
A ‘smile’ is perhaps one of the best gifts God has bestowed on us. It helps to forget worries, sorrows and shortcomings. Some of us are however less fortunate, to be deprived of this precious gift due to a birth defect commonly known as a Cleft Lip and Palate. Children with these defects are unable to suckle or chew properly. The deformity makes these otherwise normal children, objects of ridicule and superstition.
Millions of children in India and other developing countries are born with this handicap. The good news is that almost all can be helped by skillful plastic surgery.
Godrej Memorial Hospital (GMH) along with a US based NGO ‘Smile Train’ conducts a program, for helping these very children from poor families. The program consists of primary consultation and screening followed by expert plastic surgery. The operation lasts for any where between 45 min. to three hours depending on the extent and complexity of the defect. Several of the patients are offered follow up speech therapy and other support services. Children operated at a younger age seem to derive optimum benefit. Over 300 surgeries have been successfully conducted at GMH till date. GMH offers surgery and hospitalization to the patient and one attendant completely free of cost. Deserving cases are also reimbursed travel costs by the hospital.
Foundation for Medical Research
Godrej supports the Foundation for Medical Research (FMR), Mumbai, particularly for the cure of leprosy. This Foundation is intended to develop an alternative model the immunological concept regarding leprosy cure. Through a rural health and research project, Godrej has striven to develop an alternative model for rural health care based on community participation, with the emphasis on preventive rather than curative aspects.