On Saturday, when the Institute of Neurology at Madras Medical College celebrates ‘Institute Day,’ it will present a healthy report card.

For, after a lull of over a decade, the institute received funds for improvement and the results are evident.

MMC was the first to establish a neurosurgery ward in the country and has several other firsts, including installation of a CT scan, to its credit. The institute, today, has an airconditioned intensive care unit with step-down facility and also a ward vacated by the orthopaedics department when it moved to the twin-tower blocks.

Besides a steady flow of funds from the Chief Minister’s health insurance scheme, the institute has benefitted from government largesse this year. The institute earned Rs. 6 crore under the insurance scheme and received another Rs. 3.5 crore from the government.

It has modernised operating facilities, renovated operation theatres, upgraded auditorium for students to watch live surgeries from and established a step-up intensive care unit.

The funds have been used for purchase of three operating microscopes and micro drills, essential for brain surgeries, said K. Deiveegan, head of neurosurgery.

The institute offers 24x7 cover for head-injury patients in the trauma ward. On an average, the Government General Hospital, to which the institute is attached, receives 60 to 70 head-injury patients every day.

The hospital’s model of distributing the insurance money has garnered attention.

A core committee of five senior doctors chaired by the dean discusses and allots funds based on requests made by each department. The rest of the money is allotted to supporting departments such as anaesthesia, radiology, blood bank, laboratories, pathology and microbiology.

According to a senior hospital official, government hospitals in Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem and Chennai have adopted the hospital’s model for fund distribution.

The institute earned Rs. 6 crore under the insurance scheme and received another

Rs. 3.5 crore from

the government