BMC to give 90 year old KEM hospital Rs 300 crore makeover
In a progressive development, city’s civic body has announced that it will spend a whopping Rs 300 crore on the makeover of iconic King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital.
The 90 year old hospital civic-run will soon be transformed into a state-of-the-art super specialty-cum-research centre, including accommodation of 400 more beds – in addition to the existing 1,800 beds – and two 15-storey towers, to meet the increasing number patients as well as various departments.
The two towers will be erected at the back of the hospital’s orthopedic building and one in the main campus.
The work at the orthopedic campus will be completed first as it will be used for residential purpose. Once ready, the staff from the quarters in the main campus will be moved here. Then, the staff quarters will be razed down to make more space.
The second tower in the main campus will accommodate the entire psychiatry department and wards, blood banks, pharmacy and other departments.
The hospital will also get a convention centre-cum-hall in the main campus and an examination hall.
The hospital infrastructure cell is working on the layout and work will begin soon. Sources say that the BMC intends to complete the work in four years.
Started in 1926, and spread over 16-acres of land in Parel, KEM hospital marked 90 years of service this year.