G.V.Ramana Rao

City selected by the well-known group

VIJAYAWADA: The Manipal Group, which runs 11 hospitals and 14 medical colleges, will open a hospital in Vijayawada soon. The group has taken a 350-bedded hospital on lease for a period of 30 years. The imposing buildings of Saumya Hospitals, located at Tadepalli on the banks of the Krishna, are being spruced up for the purpose. A team of doctors working for the group has already commenced recruiting personnel required to run a multi-specialties hospital here.

Manipal Group, based in Karnataka is launching its operations for the first time in Andhra Pradesh in Vijayawada. It is currently running hospitals in Mangalore, Udipi, Goa, Manipal, Karkala, Kasargod and Tumkur and is construction hospitals in New Delhi and Mumbai.

Classification

The State Government has classified Nagarjuna Hospitals, Global Medical Centre and Charitrashri Hospitals, all private hospitals promoted by local doctors, as multi-specialty hospitals. Citi Cardiac Centre and Usha Cardiac Centre have been classified as heart hospitals. Seven Hills Hospital of Visakhapatnam has been classified as the only super-specialty hospital in the coastal districts.

Extending services

In line with the group's endeavour to extend their services to other parts of the country, the Manipal group has chosen Vijayawada owing to its geographically advantageous location, according to media manager of the group D.K. Venkatesh. In the absence of any large-sized tertiary care centre, patients move either to Hyderabad, Vellore or Chennai for major treatments. "As part of our initiative to extend world-class medical services to other parts of India, we have identified Vijayawada as a potential hub for a multi-speciality tertiary care hospital. We want to bring the `Manipal Touch' to Vijayawada healthcare," says managing director and CEO of Manipal Health Systems R. Basil.

Therefore, the new hospital offers immense potential to cast the group's footprints in the city and leverage upon being the first corporate hospital in the region. Considering the availability of existing facility at Saumya Hospitals, set up by Chintamaneni Suresh, who worked as a surgeon in the US, the Manipal group zeroed in on it. The hospital is situated on five acres of land, with a built-up area of 275,000 square ft. The existing bed capacity can be easily up graded to over 500 beds . The hospital is designed to the best of medical standards and is equipped with 1.5 T MRI, Cath Lab, other high-end diagnostic equipments, eight operation theatres, and well-equipped laboratories. The hospital has been currently renamed as Manipal Hospital, Vijaywada and will become operational by mid October.