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KMCH signs MoU with U.S. university

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SHARING KNOWLEDGE: The President of St. Joseph's University, the U.S., Fr. Timothy R. Lannon (centre), exchanging documents with the Chairman of Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Nalla G. Palaniswami, after signing a memorandum of understanding for research collaboration in Coimbatore on Monday. Looking on is the Director of Admissions of the university, Susan Kassab. - Photo: K. Ananthan
SHARING KNOWLEDGE: The President of St. Joseph's University, the U.S., Fr. Timothy R. Lannon (centre), exchanging documents with the Chairman of Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Nalla G. Palaniswami, after signing a memorandum of understanding for research collaboration in Coimbatore on Monday. Looking on is the Director of Admissions of the university, Susan Kassab. - Photo: K. Ananthan

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Aimed at research collaboration in health administration `The university's vast academic wisdom and the hospital's practical experience will help evolve a responsive healthcare system'

COIMBATORE: The KMCH Institute of Health and Hospital Administration of the Kovai Medical Center and Hospital entered into a Memorandum of Understanding here on Monday with the St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, U.S. for research collaboration in healthcare administration.

After signing the MoU, the president of the University, Fr.Timothy R. Lannon, and the Chairman of the hospital, Nalla G. Palaniswami, told presspersons the two institutions would work on the socio-economic aspects that had to be considered while providing quality healthcare.

The Country Representative of the university, P.M. Austin, said there would be focus on the cost of healthcare provided and the cost involved in managing it.

Dr. Palaniswami said: "The focus is on how to evolve the best healthcare model suitable for the local conditions . The research collaborationis expected to help in this effort." The joint programme would study the various healthcare systems the university was associated with.

The university's vast academic wisdom and the hospital's practical experience would help in evolving a responsive healthcare system. "In many ways this is a selfish venture," Fr. Lannon said of the university's interest in this tie-up. Earlier, addressing the MoU signing function and launch of the second batch of M.S. in Health and Hospital Administration Programme of the KMCH, the Director of Admissions of the university, Susan Kassab, said the university has gone in for such a collaboration as the healthcare industry continued to change and develop in new directions in India.

The Dean of the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital, T.P. Kalaniti, said a short-term hospital management programme had been planned for Government doctors and healthcare managers to enhance quality of service in Government hospitals.

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