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Dr. Banoo Coyaji (link to page) always believed that medical science must bring benefits not only to the urban population, but also to the community at large. In the late 1960s she realized the need to take medical care to the rural areas. Thus was born the Vadu Hospital that today services 22 villages and a population of 68,000 people.


The Vadu Rural Health Program (commonly referred to as the Vadu Project) is Dr. Banoo Coyaji's vision of KEM Hospital - as an urban based, apex, tertiary care center - providing medical and health services to an underprivileged, rural population in the district of Pune.


In the early 70s, the Government of the State of Maharashtra, authorized KEM Hospital with the health care responsibility of a defined, geographic population of about 35,000 spread over 18 villages. The Vadu Project began with a base, in the Primary Health Unit in the village of Vadu Budruk, with the mandate of implementing all the National Health Programs.


To avoid duplication of services, the District Health Services handed over the technical control of its peripheral health staff and infrastructure to KEM Hospital, while retaining administrative control.


This arrangement between the State, District and a non-governmental organization is the only surviving experiment to date, which has provided a unique opportunity for public-private partnership, allowing flexibility, and encouraging innovation in health care delivery.


The Shirdi Sai Baba Rural Hospital at Vadu, a 30-bed rural hospital, fully managed by KEM Hospital, Pune, replaced the Primary Health Unit at Vadu in 1983. It became the base for offering secondary level health care services, thus completing the 3-tier approach to health care. The 3 tier approach in health care is Primary Health care which is the outreach services, secondary health care which is provided at the Vadu Hospital and the tertiary level referral care provided at the KEM Hospital, Pune.

  Equipment and services offered  

Vadu Hospital offers multi-specialty care and serves as the referral hospital for Shirur Block of Pune District. Senior specialists in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics and General Surgery, supported by Medical Officers, offer outpatient and in-patient, multi-disciplinary care round the clock. Visiting Consultants from KEM Hospital, Pune who offer advanced Ophthalmic, ENT and Skin services, support these specialists.


A well-equipped Operation Theater allows advanced surgeries to be done, both routinely and in emergencies. State-of-the-art equipment includes, a Carl Zeiss ophthalmic, operating microscope for suture-less, intra-ocular lens implantation for cataract surgeries. A separate Carl Zeiss ENT microscope is used for advanced ear surgeries. A basic laboratory supports patient care with capability of routine blood, urine and pathology tests. Ultra sound sonography services are available on fixed days of the week. An x-ray unit completes the basic investigative capability of the hospital.

  Our team  
  Dr. Siddhi Hirve leads a team of competent consultants and specialists who are as follows:  

Dr Nitin Lavangare
Dr Sunanda Joshi
Dr Anand Joshi
Dr Ratnakar Paturkar

  Honarary Consultants  

Dr Sumeet Bhatti
Dr Sameer Potnis

  Resident Medical Officers  

Dr Bindu Patel
Dr Neelam Ingle


Other department staff performs responsibilities that include administration and X-ray, supervision of outreach services and their recording/reporting.


The Vadu Hospital in collaboration with the KEM Hospital Research Center has conducted numerous path-breaking studies especially in the field of Reproductive and Child Health.

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