Saturday, April 29, 2006

Another landmark in Bangalore's healthcare sector

Another landmark in Bangalore's healthcare sector
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: The new super specialty hospital of Wockhardt Group, which would be operational by the end of May in Bannerghatta Road here, is all likely to be the largest and most modern facility of its kind in the entire South Asia.

Credited as the largest facility of Wockhardt Group, it would have dedicated sections dealing exclusively with cardiology and cardiac surgery, orthopaedics, neurology and women's health. In fact, the group already set aside a floor of the new multi-storeyed building to deal with women health issues.

“Increased awareness, high stress levels and changing environments have led to an increased need for dedicated medical practice in the women's health sector. High end maternity centres with round-the-clock availability of gynaecologists and stand alone clinics with counsellors for adolescent and post-menopausal women are some of the highlights of the women's section,” detailed Vishal Bali, chief executive officer of the company, in an interface with this website’s newspaper.

The birthing centre of the hospital will have dedicated birthing suites equipped with the most advanced, new generation neonatology services, which would provide a safe environment for both mothers and their newborns.

According to Bali, another area of specialised focus at the hospital would be that of critical care for brain stroke. The hospital would have a 24X7 facility where clinicians and nurses will be available to treat patients with brain stroke round-the-clock. A patient must receive medial treatment within one hour of the stroke in order that he does not end up a paraplegic.

“The installation of some of the most modern, state-of-the-art equipment in each of the four specialties would give the doctors an opportunity to create new benchmarks in the delivery of quality health services,” he pointed out.

The hospital would have a cluster approach as each specialty section would function as stand alone unit although they remain part of the group and housed in the same building. Bali hopes that such an approach would enable the group to more efficiently adhere to global quality norms by ensuring high quality healthcare delivery standards within each specialty.

Bali also hopes the hospital can easily turn the hub of medical tourism in Bangalore within weeks of the formal opening as it already ensured international standards in different aspects of discharging healthcare.

According to Bali, the hospital would get accreditation of Joint Commission International, a global standard for quality in healthcare delivery, within 18 months from inauguration. “The establishment would definitely enhance medical tourism potential of the state in particular and the country in general,” he added. The hospital would have as many as 400 beds on completion of the final phase. It would also provide job opportunities for at least 3,000 professionals.


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