Sunday, July 19, 2009

1400-bed cancer hospital at Narayana Health City

1400-bed cancer hospital at Narayana Health City


CMD of Biocon Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital Dr Devi Shetty at the inauguration of the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre
Express News Service First Published : 18 Jul 2009 08:07:03 AM ISTLast Updated : 18 Jul 2009 10:51:03 AM IST
BANGALORE: A 1,400-bed cancer care centre has become operational at the Narayana Health City campus at Bommasandra in a joint venture between Narayana Hrudayalaya’s renowned cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Prasad Shetty and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Managaing Director of Biocon Limited.
Billed as one of the largest cancer hospitals of its kind, the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre (MSCC) is spread over an area of five lakh square feet and specialises in head and neck cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer.
The MSCC is the fifth facility in the Narayana Health City campus after Narayana Hrudayalaya, Narayana Netralaya, The Thrombosis Research Centre and Sparsh Orthodontics, Trauma and Accident Care Centre.
Addressing the media jointly on Friday, Shetty and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said that they had created a centre of excellence for affordable care on the lines of the Narayana Hrudayalaya.
Shaw called the venture a ‘personal passion’ after having seen friends and family members battle cancer. It had nothing to do with Biocon, she clarified.
The establishment cost of the new centre has been anywhere in the order of Rs 300 crore, Dr Shetty said. The aim is to make Narayana Health City a 5,000-bed hub catering to about 15,000 outpatients every day, he added.
Dr Shetty, who was the brain behind the Yashaswini Health Insurance scheme, said that the scheme would be applicable in MSCC too.
He said that economy of scale could bring healthcare to everyone.
He also noted that ASHA volunteers being trained by Narayana Hrudayalaya for the state government had been given additional training in screening procedures related to cancer and cardiac issues. They shall be on alert in the rural areas, he added.

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