Centenary Year Begins at B. D. Petit Parsee General Hospital

March 27, 2011 marks the start of the 100th year of The B.D. Petit Parsee General Hospital in its service to the Community.

The Hospital has a new and very informative website with some great photographs of the actual facility.

Parsis have long been pioneers in the medical facility field in Mumbai. To name just a few…. J.J. Hospital, Masina, Tata Memorial and of course our Parsi General…as it is always referred to.

To say that I, like countless others have a personal connection to the hospital, would be stating the obvious. The hospital has been home to some of the happiest and the saddest moments of my life. I was born here, so was my sister. And so many other dear friends. This was also the place that my grandparents….my mamaiji, and my bapavaji and bapaiji breathed their last.

Architecturally and urbanistically, the hospital is a microcosm in it of itself. Once you enter inside the compound, you do not feel as if you are in the urban chaos of Mumbai.

Years ago in 1987 myself and a few fellow scouts from the Sethna’s 18th West Bombay Scout Group had an opportunity to work at the hospital as volunteers. As Boy Scouts of India’s oldest running Scout Group we had to perform social service as part of our President’s Scout Award. We worked in the Men’s wards helping the doctors and nurses with basic tasks like preparing dressings etc and other general work. This gave us a fascinating insight into the workings of this hospital.

This hospital is truly a Parsi treasure and more power and strength to the hospital in the coming years.

If you have experiences and stories to share about your own personal connection with this hospital, please share them in the comments section below.

 

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The Centenary year is planned to be celebrated through some of the following activities:

  • Conference and Seminars on various Medical Disciplines
  • Blood Donation Camps
  • Printing of Centenary Edition of Hospital Journal
  • Souvenirs and Momentoe
  • Felicitations of Donors, Honorary Doctors and Staff
  • Centenary Dinner
  • Dara Acidwalla

    The writer forgot to mention Bhabha (Bandra) and Cooper (Vile Parle) hospitals.

  • dr arnavaz m havewala

    this is one of the loveliest hospitals ive seen ..and im so proud to be associated with it as an honorary doctor.
    its a wonderful institution, and the petit family has done a singularly unique service to our community…one of many such services, i may add.
    i hope and pray that the trustees and staff..i.e.doctors nurses technicians and all…get together and celebrate a rousing centenary.

    p.s…the masina hospital..which i am also associated with, celebrated its centenary a few years ago.
    i hope this will be better…after all, it is one of the few remaining bastions of our community.

  • dr arnavaz m havewala

    by the way, arzan, i am familiar with the sethna scouts and with neville mistry and most of the other scouters.my son was a cub in this company, and loved attending.He wouldnt miss a single turn of scouting.
    long live the sethna scouts company..

  • Percy Kavarana

    There is ALSO the Wadia GROUP of Hospitals

  • Ervad Khushroo Madon.

    CONGRATULATIONS. P.G.H.Keep up the good work.May God bless you all.
    Ervad Khushroo Madon.

  • Phiroze Amroliwalla

    Type your comment here..
    .B. D. Petit Parsee General Hospital can best be desribed by an advertisement of a television set “Neigbour’s envy, owner’s pride”; in this case: “Other’s envy, Community’s pride”
    Congratulations Aban, Homa, Hector, Zarir and Team

  • Icchaporia.

    There are many facilities lacking. What about MRI , CT Scan Lithotripsy facilities? If the problem is that these facilities may not get optimally utilised and so difficult to break even, then such facilities can be outsourced by offering frenchise facility in the premises of the hospital and allow non Parsees to also avail the same as out patients. If the Chemist can be allowed to set shop, R.T.I. allowed to set up a Cafetaria, why not these facilties?
    Are you preventing outsiders and non Parsees from eating in RTI Cafetaria or purchasing medicines from the Chemist?

  • Rathestar.

    Very correct. The ordeal that relatives have to undergo to carry a patient to other hospitals or Imaging Centres for tests like C.T. Scan/MRI etc and that too without an ambulance being provided by the P.G.H. is to be experienced to realize the extent of the problem.
    It is time to introspect.

  • Phiroze Amroliwalla

    Type your comment here…Whereas I do agree with Ichaporia and Rathestar on the need for the other facilities and I did raise this issue some years back with the Petits, one has to understand the difference between a CASUAL purchase at either the chemists or RTI, who are not required to maintain details of such services to others. On the other hand MRI, CT scan etc. would entail formally accepting outsiders of any community and maintaining strict records for offering such facilities to other community members which may be violating the trust deed and result in one more avoidable controversy.
    No doubt it would be ideal if these facilities are provided without in any way jeopardising at least the present healthcare available to the community

  • Icchaporia.

    Such facilities can be outsourced or a frenchise model adopted just in the same manner as RTI and Chemist operate. That all. Then there would be no issue of violating the Truste Deed. If one agrees that Trust Deed would be violated then, is it not violated by presnce of Cafetaria of R.T.i. and the Chemist.

  • Rathestar.

    The relevance of the sentence “CASUAL purchase at either the chemists or RTI,’ is not comprehensible.
    Is Mr. Amroliwalla implying that SAME set of persons are going to come for costly tests like M.R.I. or C.T.Scan? Such tests are conducted only when necessary and the cost is steep.

  • Phiroze Amroliwalla

    For the sake of clarity what I meant by “casual” was that in the case of RTI or the chemist no records are kept for the sale/purchase of a cup of tea or a sandwich, or even medicine which is sold across the counter. That is not the case when detailed investigations are carried out as in MRI or CT scans where the patients complete information is mandatorily required on the record.

  • Icchaporia.

    The hospital has not joined Preferred Provider Network so the patients are unable to avail of Cashless facility. The Parsee population is predominantly aged and despite Mediclaim cover cannot get Cashless facility. Such aged members have no source of income to pay first and claim from the Insurance Companies later. It is rumored that due to delay in settlement of claims, the administration of the hospital itself is not in favour of joining PPN. Will the Trustees clarify?

  • Jenny25in

    having trained as a nurse there from 1989 to 1992 i must say they were the best days of my life.

  • Jenny25in

    having trained as a nurse there from 1989 to 1992 i must say they were the best days of my life.