ONZM honour for Ranjna Patel 

ETHC co-founder Ranjna Patel is recognised in the 2017 New Year's Honours for services to health and the Indian community, including Gandhi Nivas.

Ranjna became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). 

The honour was another exciting surprise for Ranjna who won the Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader award for 2016.  





Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader

Ranjna Patel is honoured as the Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader at its 2016 awards.

When she received the award she paid tribute to the workforce at ETHC and Nirvana Health Group saying she shared the honour with them.




Ranjna Patel EY Finalist 2016 

Nirvana Health Group Director and Pakuranga resident Ranjna Patel was a finalist in the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

Ranjna won the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Master category.

She is pictured with fellow entrepreneur Diane Foreman.



ETHC's Otahuhu clinic stars in TV documentary

East Tamaki Healthcare’s Otahuhu clinic features in TVNZ’s Attitude TV in a documentary called The disease that is killing my family.

The documentary is about Type 2 Diabetes and includes a story about East Tamaki Healthcare patient Ropata Adams-Walker, who visits Otahuhu GP Reshma Thota (pictured) to talk about his health and diabetes risk.

You can watch the full episode on TVNZ’s website, but you’ll need to register first (it’s free) if you don’t already have a login for TVNZ on Demand.




Why age doesn’t matter, featuring Ranjna Patel

Photo: Guy Coombes/Viva

East Tamaki Healthcare founder Ranjna Patel is featured, alongside four other inspirational women, in Viva magazine – a weekly insert in the New Zealand Herald.

Ranjna is fiercely passionate about community, healthcare and people. In the 1970s she founded East Tamaki Healthcare with husband Kantilal Naranji Patel — starting as a small GP clinic in Otara, with Kantilal the doctor and Ranjna the receptionist, cleaner and accountant.
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Prime Minister inducts medical innovator & philanthropist into NZ’s Indian Hall of Fame 

Dr Kantilal Patel receives his Hall of Fame award from Prime Minister John Key

Manukau GP, businessman, community stalwart and QSM Dr Kantilal Patel is the latest inductee into the Indian Hall of Fame.

Prime Minister John Key inducted Dr Patel into the hall of fame at Thursday’s award ceremony held in Auckland at the Langham Hotel. The glittering event drew several other high profile politicians: Sam Lotu-Iiga, Jami-Lee Ross, Winston Peters, Phil Goff and David Shearer.

Dr Patel is founding director of Nirvana Health Group, which began as a solo GP practice in Otara in 1977 and is now a large network of general practices in New Zealand. Read more




New clinic for Papatoetoe

The new ETHC Medical Centre in Papatoetoe started operations in the first week of March 2015.

Pharmacy, physiotherapy and dental services are also available in the same premises.



Botany South opens its doors

The new East Tamaki Medical Centre in Botany South started operations in the first week of February 2015.






Nirvana and Ranjna Patel walk the talk: winners at EEO Awards

Nirvana Health Group won the 2014 NZ Diversity Positive Inclusion Award at the Equal Employment Opportunities.

This award celebrates innovative responses to inclusivity in the workforce.

Nirvana Health Group's Ranjna Patel also won the Walk the Talk award - celebrating leaders who exemplify excellence in managing a diverse workforce.

New clinic for Takanini 

East Tamaki Healthcare patients living in Takanini and surrounds now have access to their GP closer to home.

Takanini Medical Centre started operation in October but was officially opened on 5 December.

The new building is home to a GP clinic, physiotherapist, dentist and pharmacy with other health-minded tenants. 

The GP clinic has one receptionist, a clinic manager, a nurse, one GP and another GP-in-training. 

East Tamaki Healthcare director Ranjna Patel says the new clinic was established in response to patient demand.

“We have a lot of patients from the area that are registered with us already and this alleviates the pressure at the other centres,” Mrs Patel says.

The Takanini clinic is a satellite of East Tamaki Healthcare's recently purchased Manurewa clinic.

The Manurewa clinic was formerly owned by Maori health provider Raukura Hauora O Tainui.

To honor the close ties that remain between East Tamaki Healthcare and Raukura Hauora O Tainui several board members and representatives attended the opening ceremony on 5 December.

Raukura deputy board chair Tukuroirangi Morgan spoke at the ceremony, along with East Tamaki Healthcare director Rakesh Patel and Associate Minister of Health Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, who cut the ribbon with Dr Kantilal Patel (pictured).


STAR treatment for South Auckland patients

People with diabetes, gout, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease will soon be getting STAR treatment in Otara.

Health Minister Tony Ryall opened the first Specialist, Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre (STAR Care Centre).

"We envisage STAR Care to be a health innovation that will enable patients with long term conditions to see multiple healthcare providers in one place and at one time," East Tamaki Healthcare and Nirvana Health Group Director Ranjna Patel says. 

Read more about how STAR Care will improve health literacy and make it easier to visit multiple health professionals. 





And the 2011 Westpac Auckland South business of the Year Supreme Winner is ..... East Tamaki Healthcare


It was an exciting and wonderful evening for us, as we also won the Excellence in Innovation and Strategy and Excellence in Service Delivery Awards.

Upon receiving the awards, Rakesh Patel paid tribute to his father and ETHC founder Dr Kanti Patel, whose fundamental belief that what is good for the patient is good for the business has continued to guide the organisation to its success.

Rakesh thanked the judges, particularly last year’s, for their feedback, which was used to help improve the business. He also thanked Westpac, which in 1976 loaned Dr Patel the funds to start the business. Rakesh also thanked the entire team at East Tamaki Healthcare for all their hard work and dedication to the communities we serve. 

The Westpac Auckland South Business Awards is organised annually by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd. It highlights, recognises and celebrates local businesses, their people and their extraordinary achievements in New Zealand business.