Marking a special milestone in the Apollo Hospitals journey of healing, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the Apollo Reach Hospitals at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. The Guests of Honour, Dr K Rosaiah, Governor of Tamil Nadu and P Chidambaram, Union Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India also graced the occasion.
Apollo Reach Hospitals reaffirms the group’s commitment to take quality healthcare to the soul of India, its villages and towns. The ‘REACH’ strategy facilitates world-class care in smaller towns at an affordable cost and leverages technology to make available services like telemedicine, specialist second opinion services and mobile –healthcare for better management of diseases and health alerts. Two years ago, Dr Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone for the first Apollo Reach Hospitals and unveiled a healthcare blueprint that addresses the need of a growing population and a burgeoning disease burden and in his address, he said, “Apollo Reach Hospitals marks the “beginning of a new era”
Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “Over 46 per cent of our population still needs to travel over a 100-km to reach healthcare and large parts of semi-urban and rural India do remain largely underserved. Especially in cases of emergencies, travelling to speciality hospitals may not always be feasible. Being at the forefront of Indian healthcare, the Apollo Hospitals Group feels a strong sense of responsibility to align its expansion plans with the needs of the country. True to its name, Apollo Reach Hospital is an endeavour that reaches out and takes the Apollo brand of expertise, excellence and empathy closer to the patient in rural India”.
Dr Reddy added, “The Apollo Hospitals family is honoured that the Prime Minister, the esteemed Dr Manmohan Singh inaugurated this hospital in the heartland of Tamil Nadu and gave us an opportunity to participate in the nation’s healthcare efforts”.
Designed as a 110-beds hospital, the technologically advanced multi-disciplinary Apollo Reach Hospital at Karaikudi will provide patients’ with services in 21 specialities including most of Apollo’s Centres of Excellence ie cardiology & cardio thoracic surgery, neurosciences orthopaedics, emergency & critical care and preventive care.
With a state–of-art laboratory & diagnostic facility, CT scan & cath lab backed by ACLS-Ambulance & Blood Product Distribution Center, the hospital is well equipped to provide emergency and critical care services 24 X 7, with emphasis on cardiac and trauma care. In addition its advanced laboratory & radiology facilities, blood bank, endoscopy and dialysis will play an important role in augmenting healthcare delivery along with other clinics in the area. Located at just 5- km from central Karaikudi, the Apollo Reach Hospital is very easily accessible to people of all the surrounding villages.
Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Every Apollo Reach Hospitals represents the cumulative expertise and excellence of the Apollo Hospitals network. REACH also stands for our brand of Reliable, Efficient, Accessible, and Community Healthcare and thus every Apollo Reach Hospitals is intended to complement the existing private and public healthcare facilities in the proposed towns and villages. Our blueprint is for 200 Apollo Reach Hospitals in district headquarters”.
Commended by World Bank, it is indeed one of Apollo’s greatest innovations redefining both healthcare and healthcare design and takes quality care to the soul of India.