Wockhardt to open super-speciality hospital in Bhopal: but for the rich, not for gas- and water-victims

Corporate Voice/Weber Shandwick, October 16, 2006
Wockhardt Hospitals, India’s leading super speciality hospital chain, today announced plans to establish a world-class super speciality hospital in Bhopal in association with Ayushman Medical Diagnostics Ltd.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish Wockhardt Hospital in Bhopal was signed today by Mr. Anil Kamath, President, Wockhardt Hospitals and Dr. Niraj Kumar, Dr. Gopal Batni and Dr. Ashok Gupta, Directors, Ayushman Medical Diagnostics in the presence of Hon. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Chauhan.
The 120-bed Wockhardt Hospital in Bhopal will be commissioned in six months.
“We are fortunate that Wockhardt, a globally reputed name in healthcare, has decided to establish a world-class hospital in Bhopal,” Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan said. “My vision is to see Bhopal emerge as the centre of excellence for medical care in central India.”
Wockhardt will construct additional facilities, upgrade existing facilities and invest in the latest technologies to provide the latest super speciality treatment in cardiology, cardio thoracic surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, high-end orthopaedic surgery and minimal access surgery. The new hospital will have four state-of-the-art operating theatre suites and a critical care facility with 25 ICU (intensive care unit) beds.
“People of Madhya Pradesh have long suffered from the absence of a world-class tertiary healthcare facility in central India,” Wockhardt Hospitals’ Chairman Habil Khorakiwala said. “We are determined to realize the chief minister’s vision of making Bhopal the healthcare capital of the region with our rich experience of over 18 years in this field.”
Wockhardt Hospital will bring to Madhya Pradesh the rich medical expertise from its exclusive association with Harvard Medical International, the global arm of Harvard Medical School, the world’s leading medical institution. This association provides Wockhardt access to the latest clinical protocols, innovations and patient care practices from 17 prestigious Harvard-affiliated hospitals in the US, including the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Beth Israel Hospital.
Dr. Ashok Gupta, Ayushman Director, said, “Wockhardt’s entry will be a boon for the people of Madhya Pradesh who now have to travel to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and even Chennai for high end critical care.” Shri Rakesh Mehra, consultant, Econotech Services Pvt Ltd, said the entry of branded hospitals will lift healthcare delivery standards in the region .
Key clinicians and other important staff will be trained at Wockhardt Hospitals in Mumbai to acquire skills and service quality, which will be at par with the best in the industry. The hospital will provide specialists with advanced infrastructure and superior nursing quality so that they can serve their patients in an ideal environment.
Wockhardt Hospitals’ consultants and surgeons are recognised both within India and across the world for their pioneering contributions in advanced super speciality treatment. Wockhardt’s dedicated super speciality hospitals in Bangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur and Hyderabad have success rates comparable to the best in the world. Wockhardt Hospitals are also recognized as the global pioneers of conscious off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery, popularly called ‘awake heart surgery,’ considered as the most evolved expertise in super speciality cardiac surgery.
The Harvard team has established Wockhardt’s core nursing practices in the areas of intensive care, operating rooms and ward care. Experts from Harvard periodically conduct training programmes for Wockhardt Hospital personnel. This association with Harvard for quality-driven healthcare delivery has enabled Wockhardt Hospitals in Mumbai to earn the distinction of being the first super speciality hospital in South Asia to achieve accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), the international arm of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations, which evaluates the standards of US hospitals. It is amongst 71 hospitals around the world to win this recognition. The accreditation requires a hospital to comply with almost 1,300 measurable standards. The new super speciality hospital in Bhopal will benefit from the standards achieved at Wockhardt Hospitals in Mumbai.
Wockhardt currently runs a cluster of super speciality hospitals in Mumbai dedicated to cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and minimal access surgery. It runs dedicated super speciality hospitals in Bangalore, Nagpur and Hyderabad and a super speciality kidney hospital in Kolkata.

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