How did the journey start?
The journey of Indrayani began in 2002 when Dr. Deshmukh operated on Mr. Kulkarni, a disciple of Shri Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj, the operation was successful and the feedback was positive. After the successful surgery, Mr. Kulkarni insisted Dr. Deshmukh on building a hospital on Shri Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj Charitable Trust’s land, as they wished to initiate a cause that serves & cures the needy cancer patients. Dr. Deshmukh and his colleagues inspected the land and found it holy and peaceful. They decided that a hospital should indeed be built there.
I saw the land and felt positive vibes, I was influenced for building a hospital there and decided to get more people involved in its successful implementation. On the basis of mutual consent and discussion of all the doctors, we finalized the land for the construction. We made a separate trust in 2003 towards Saraswati Maharaj Medical foundation. This was a trust which was registered under the Charitable Trust Act. It was totally free of any sort of personal benefits.
– Dr. Deshmukh
The Construction of Indrayani Cancer Hospital and Institute
It took 5 years for the construction of one building, which was one block of the hospital. In 2008, the hospital started functioning with 10 beds and an operation theatre. After submitting the application for a grant in 2009, we received a donation of 1.8 Cr from the Department of Atomic Energy for setting up a Radiotherapy unit in 2010. Soon after that, it was realised that another building needs to be built, so a loan was taken for building the initial bunker for the Radiotherapy unit. In 2012, we started Radiotherapy treatment.
The long road to success and recognition
In 2013, the Government of Maharashtra announced a scheme called Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY) & Indrayani Hospital was accredited with A1 grade in the scheme and ever since we have been treating thousands of needy patients.
2013 and 2014 were tough and hectic years, as the number of patients suddenly increased. With excellent coordination and hard work, we gradually got used to having many patients at the same time. During the same phase, we improved our pharmacy services, and the Operation Theatre also received upgraded equipments frequently.
Taking a step ahead
In 2017, we bought a new linear accelerator by taking a personal loan of around 8 Cr. Rotary Gandhinagar decided to give us a donation of 50 lacs and made a state-of-the-art ICU consisting of 10 beds. This Intensive Care Unit was a turning point for us because after that we were well equipped with good ventilators, completely centralised oxygen suction and also a robust team of doctors who could see patients 24*7.