MYSURU / November 17, 2021: With a vision of providing comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to all, a new 50-bed multispecialty hospital is being constructed inside the campus of Amritakripa Hospital in Roopa Nagar, Mysuru. The new state-of-the-art facility, planned as per NABH specifications, will substantially add to the hospital’s existing capacity and enhance the scope of services it offers to patients. Amritakripa Hospital is one of the wings of Kochi-based Amrita Hospital and has been operating in Mysuru with 15 beds since 2011.
The new wing, equipped to treat 36,000 patients annually, will be spread across a 66,000 sq. ft. building having solar power, all modern amenities and ramp and lift facilities. It will offer general surgery, general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, ENT, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, and community medicine. Super-specialities such as plastic surgery, urology, nephrology, neurosurgery, once-surgery and preventive cardiology will also be available.
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Talking about the need for expanding existing facilities, Dr. Vikas Modi who heads the Amritakripa Hospital, said: “There is a skewed distribution of healthcare facilities in urban, rural and tribal areas, with a huge gap in accessibility and affordability. This gap was even more glaringly felt during the pandemic. There was an urgent need for a hospital with basic broad specialities and a few super-speciality services in the area, given that there is no proper healthcare facility within 50 km from Roopa Nagar towards Gaddige[ hunsur]. The entire region is inhabited by villages and tribal population.” The key facilities at the new facility include six new OPD rooms with a separate casualty department, an isolation ICU and ward for infectious diseases, dialysis, including a dialysis bed for retroviral-positive patients, peration theatres, ICU and physiotherapy unit. A special unit will focus on wound care and fractures. There would also be a unit to offer surgical corrections to cerebral palsy patients. Holistic care will also be available with Ayurveda.
Said Dr Sowmya B, who heads the obstetrics and gynaecology services at Amritakripa Hospital: “There will be regular community outreach by the hospital to provide regular health check-ups at the doorsteps of people in rural areas. The facility will also be engaged in training girl students in various skills related to the healthcare system, as part of women empowerment in a rural community, while building a team of efficient paramedical personnel hailing from rural and tribal areas.”
Notably, the hospital will provide teleconsultations with Kochi’s Amrita Hospital for specialities like Paediatric Gastroenterology, Paediatric Neurology and Paediatric cardiology along with other super-specialities. A Bhoomi Poojan program was organized at the Amritakripa Hospital to mark the construction of the new facility. It was graced by the presence of Brahmachari Prasadamrita Chaitanyaji, Administrator of Amritakripa Hospital, along with Chief Guest Hon’ Shri. G.T. Devegowda, MLA, Chamundeshwari Constituency; Guest of Honour Shri. Prof. G. Hemanth Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore; Shri. K.G. Vishwanathan, Managing Director of BNPML; and Shri. Shyam Bhat renowned Advocate. Amritakripa Hospital is owned and operated by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math.
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About Amrita Hospital
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital), based in Kochi, is one of the premier hospitals in South Asia. Founded in 1998 by Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (known worldwide as AMMA), it offers a full range of primary and speciality care medical services. AMMA’s vision of providing advanced medical care to the poor and disadvantaged was the inspiration for Amrita Hospital, which today is an 1100-bed (490 units) tertiary referral and teaching hospital, serving more than 10 lakh outpatients and more than 70,000 inpatients annually. The massive healthcare infrastructure with over 3.33 million sq. ft. of built-up area, spread over 125 acres of land, supports a daily patient volume of approximately 3500 outpatients with 95 per cent inpatient occupancy. There are 12 super speciality departments, 45 other departments, 4500 support staff and 670 faculty members. The hospital’s extensive infrastructure offers facilities comprising 28 modern operating theatres, 275 equipped intensive-care beds, a fully computerized and networked Hospital Information System (HIS), a fully digital radiology department, 17 NABL accredited clinical laboratories and 24/7 telemedicine service. In 2015, South Asia’s first-ever Bilateral Hand Transplant Surgery was done at Amrita Hospital. The same year, Amrita Hospital won the British Medical Journal Award for the Best Surgical Team in South Asia. The Amrita team won the award for its two successful double hand transplants, the first and the second bilateral hand transplants in this region.
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