M. Dinesh Varma

CHENNAI: Global Hospitals plans scaling up to a 1,000-bedded tertiary care and multi-organ transplantation centre in Chennai over the next few months.

The Hyderabad-based group of hospitals will reserve 50 beds for poor patients for whom treatment will be free, hospital founder-chairman K. Ravindranath told The Hindu on Sunday.

The Global Hospitals and Health City in Chennai is undergoing a Rs.500-crore re-engineering drive, he said. Global Hospitals took over the erstwhile Tamil Nadu Hospitals in an auction administrated by the Madras High Court in June 2007. The institution was being run as Sankara Hospitals by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Charitable Trust.

Dr. Ravindranath, an alumnus of the Kilpauk Medical College, said the hospital here would build on the “unmatched clinical expertise, medical education standards and excellent work ethic of Chennai.”

The benchmarked best practices in cardiac surgery, heart and lung transplantations and liver and renal transplants will be replicated at the centres of excellence mooted in Chennai, Dr. Ravindranath said. A 250-bedded cancer ward and an exclusive block for international patients were also on the cards.

Research in frontier areas, especially life sciences, would also be a high-focus area. “We are open to networking with other premier institutes in Chennai,” Dr. Ravindranath said.

The hospital has been running as a 500-bedded centre, with 19 departments and 150 beds for patients below poverty line, since August 2008, after a massive renovation of the infrastructure and building of other superstructures.