The Thrikkakara Cooperative Hospital has come in for a lot of praise for the sustainable model it has evolved itself into in the health care sector over the past 12 years.

District Collector M. Beena, who launched the website of the hospital here, said that the Cooperative Hospital had grown as a people's initiative and that it had become a sustainable example of how healthcare could be well served by initiatives in the cooperative sector.

The hospital was launched as an initiative under People's Plan by the erstwhile Thrikkakara grama panchayat. It has now 75 beds, 26 doctors and 13 specialties and caters to the need of around 400 outpatients daily.

With nearly 4,000 members, the cooperative hospital has grown in strength, mobilising funds through its members. The hospital now has plans to expand in a big way through its annexe, being built close to the office of the Ernakualm District Panchayat in Kakkanad.

The president of the hospital M.M. Abbas said the first phase of the annexe, with a built-up space of around 9,000 sq. ft. would be ready for commissioning in June this year.

A C-Arm Xray unit was also inaugurated by the District Collector on the hospital premises. The X-ray unit has been established with the money provided by the State government for modernisation and improvement of facilities in cooperative hospitals.

The hospital authorities have also entered into an agreement with the Medical Trust Hospital in the city for referral facilities.