The Rehabilitation Institute
There exists a great need for more rehabilitation
facilities in the greater Bangalore area. SJMCH has therefore decided to
build a separate Rehabilitation Institute on the hospital grounds which
will serve as a teaching institution and provide higher quality care to
a larger number of patients.
To prevent unnecessary suffering and restore the
dignity of people with disabilities in India
To promote the field of rehabilitation in India
by training and inspiring young doctors and paramedical workers
To provide the best possible rehabilitation care
to a maximum number of patients. This care should be affordable by
the poor yet of such good quality as to attract the richer patients.
Short/ medium term
To construct a new and separate rehabilitation centre
on the grounds of SJMCH
To increase the capacity
The combined capacity of the PMR department in the hospital and the
new rehabilitation centre will be increased to be able to
accommodate [X] in-patients and [Y] outpatients per year.
To improve the quality of care
Separating the rehab centre from the hospital will result in a more
suitable environment for rehabilitation.
The new centre will offer certain services which are not currently
offered, i.e.: hydrotherapy and an orthotic/ prosthetic workshop.
To increase the scope
The centre will expand from the current focus on spinal cord
injuries, cerebral palsy, polio and amputation to include other
causes of locomotor disability such as stroke
To found a teaching institution
The new set-up should fulfill all the requirements for a PMR
teaching institution, and thus have the capacity to train doctors,
physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Once it is well established, the scope of the centre
can be further expanded in two ways:
To include other forms of disabilities
It can be argued that living with any kind of disability requires a
process of learning and adaptation. The centre can use many of its
existing facilities (e.g.: social worker, vocational counselling) to
include rehabilitation of hearing, visual or speech impaired people.
Viewed in this broader perspective, the centre should encourage all
doctors in SJMCH to change their mindset from curing diseases to
rehabilitating human beings.
To play a more important role in Community
Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programmes
In line with St. John's mission to provide affordable healthcare to
the medically underserved regions of India, the Rehabilitation Institute
aims to play a pivotal role as a resource centre for CBR initiatives
in the surrounding regions. A specific focus will be given to
starting programmes at the regional health centers where St. John's
Community Health Department is currently active such as in Mugalur.
Planning for the Rehabilitation Institute
Plan of the Rehabilitation
The institute is planned for 60 beds and thus will be
able to receive 400 inpatients per year. The cost of the entire project
is estimated to be Rs.135,000,000. While the institute will be
financially self-sufficient on an operational basis, outside funding is
required for the initial investment. The Catholic Bishop's Conference of
India which runs SJMCH have committed to donate the land worth Rs.
65,000,000. For the remaining Rs. 70,000,000 or USD 1,455,301 sponsors
are being approached. Co-financing is envisaged.