Date : 28/3/2018
Charutar Arogya Mandal, a society and a trust, better known for the Karamsad-based 800-bed Shree Krishna Hospital and Pramukhswami Medical College that it manages, amended its Constitution at the Special General Body Meeting held yesterday. The existing Constitution, since the inception of the Mandal in 1972, needed to be adapted to suit present day realities and provide for a more professional governance structure.
The members unanimously voted to put in place a Board of Governors to replace an archaic and elaborate structure consisting of General Body, Governing Council & Governing Body. The Board of Governors, which would have a larger representation of members of the Mandal than the earlier structure, would also have some members of the top management on it in addition to the Chairman of Charutar Vidya Mandal and the President of Karamsad Municipal Borough. The more compact Board is expected to function like a company's Board and would have committees like HR and Remuneration, Audit and Finance to support its functioning.
In a significant departure from the practice followed by most charitable organisations, the Chairman of the Board would be selected by the Board itself, rather than through an election by the General Body. This would help obviate the possibility of the organization falling into wrong hands either through the use of money or power. There is also an age limit, 75 years and restriction on the number of terms, introduced for eligibility to be a Board member.
Amendments were also made in membership rules that enable each category of donor members to elect two representatives on the Board. The number of Trustees has also been increased from 2-4.
The well-attended General Body meeting was presided over by Shri Hasmukh Shah, the present President of the Mandal. Dr.Amrita Patel, its Chairman, Shri Atulbhai Patel, Vice President and Shri Jagrut Bhatt, Secretary, were also attended, among others.
With the installation and commissioning of a new Linear Accelerator , the Manibhai Shivabhai Patel Cancer Centre of the Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad, became the only cancer centre in Gujarat to have two such machines in operation. Donated by Tata Trusts, this accelerator is capable of performing advanced techniques of radiation like 3D Conformal Radiotherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), Volumetric Modulated Radiotherapy (VMAT) and Electron beam treatment.
A Computer Controlled linear accelerator customizes high energy x-rays or electrons to conform to a tumor’s shape and destroys cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissue. It features several built-in safety measures of record and verify System (MOSAIQ) to ensure that it will not deliver a higher dose / under dose than prescribed and is routinely checked by a medical physicist / Radiation Safety Officer – to ensure it is working properly.
According to Dr Rushi Panchal, Consultant Radiation Oncologist at the Centre, ‘This accelerator will share the load with the existing Elekta Synergy linear accelerator . As a result, it will help us to provide prompt and uninterrupted radiotherapy treatment to patients at the Centre.
The linear accelerator ensures accuracy of dose placement without compromising on the protection of critical structures. The accuracy of treatment planning with this technology will be of greater use while administering radiation for cancers in moving targets, e.g., cancer of lungs, liver etc. In addition to these benefits, this new form of treatment also takes lesser administration time, thereby relieving the patients of apprehensions and anxiety that set in prior to radiation. In short, single dosage duration of 20 minutes is reduced to only 2-8 minutes per patient depending on the complexity of treatment plan. It will also help to drop down the waiting period for radiotherapy treatment and enhancing number of patients on treatment machine.’
The Centre was set up in 2004 and houses state-of-the-art cancer equipment in radiation, medical and surgical oncology and is dedicated to the delivery of compassionate and expert care to the cancer patients. It also adheres to the motto of advancing its mandate of providing high quality training in understanding, diagnosing, treating, palliating, preventing and researching in the field of cancer. A dedicated and experienced team of full time medical, radiation and surgical oncologists ensure that all the patients receive treatment with care and compassion. They believe that while physical pain and cancer have to be treated, it is equally important to treat the spirit of the patient. Over 500 patients for cancer surgeries, 1500-2000 patients on radiation and 2500-3000 patients with chemotherapy are treated every year. A bone marrow transplant Centre is now ready to cater to the needs of blood cancer patients.
The Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) has donated an ultra modern ICU ambulance, fitted with the latest life saving equipment, to Shree Krishna Hospital , Karamsad , for critically ill patients. The ambulance was handed over to the Hospital on Saturday, the Foundation Day of HPCL, by Shri Arvind Govil, Senior Regional Manager, Baroda Retail Region of HPCL at a function held in the premises of the Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad.
The ambulance(Tata Winger Medical Van) has been fitted with several emergency facilities like multipara monitor, portable ventilator, syringe pump, nebuliser, oxygen cylinder and suction machine. The Ambulance, along with equipment is totally valued at Rs 15 lakhs , is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme of HPCL.
The function was attended byShri Manish Rane, Deputy Manager, Mobile QC lab, Shri Ajay Nair, Sr. Officer, RE&MIS and Shri Sumit Bhadoriya, Sr. Sales Officer, Anand SA from HPCL and senior personnel from Shree Krishna Hospital. Accepting the ambulance on behalf of the Hospital , Dr Amrita Patel Chairman of Charutar Arogya Mandal while expressing her gratitude to HPCL for this noble gesture, said “this generous donation of ICU ambulance will, I am sure, contribute to saving lives of many more critical patients who need to reach the hospital in the shortest time.”
Shri Govil assured that HPCL would be always ready to help institutions like Shree Krishna Hospital which are serving mankind in general and weaker sections of society in particular. He said, “I am glad to learn that 450 free beds have been earmarked for the Ashirwad Wards. HPCL has always been at the forefront to implement CSR activities to empower weaker, less privileged and marginalized sections of the society. We are glad that on the 43rd foundation day of HPCL we could do our bit in giving back to society.”
Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad, has done it again. After becoming the first teaching hospital in the country to receive the Green OT certificate in 2015, the NABH accredited Shree Krishna Hospital,has again been conferred the Green Operation Certification for its 12 operating theatres for a period of three years.
The certificate recognizes Shree Krishna Hosptial`s compliance to the highest quality and safety parameters for patients and health care workers in the operation theaters. The overall Green OT Evaluation Performance Score was 94.83 percent . The elements assessed were Management commitment, Pre -operation activities, Activities during operation , Post Operation activities and Training and Awareness.
The Green OT accreditation is carried out by Bureau Veritas Certification, a global certification agency along with Abbott India pharmaceutical company. The certificate ensures the emission of carbon dioxide, infrared rays and radiation are within permissible limits. Green connotes cleaner techniques using modern technology and processes with a sensitive approach to environment.
The 720 bed Shree Krishna Hospital was also conferred the prestigious Green Hospital Award by the Association of Healthcare Providers , India in 2016. Its performance in parameters such as energy and water conservation, optimal use of solar energy, minimum use of plastic products, tobacco free campus , conservation of greenery and trees -all contributed to it receiving the Green Hospital award.
We at Shree Krishna Hospital follow the ideology of putting patient care first and their financial conditions later. Another step in this direction is the Ashirwad Wards facility.
Under this scheme, 450 beds out of 720 beds in the general ward of our hospital have been earmarked in for free treatment. Ours is the first private hospital in the state to extend this facility.
In the Aashirwad wards, patients will be entitled to get free treatment without any discrimination. This is being done to provide access to best of health care at an affordable cost to all.
There will be no registration, doctor’s consultation, administrative, nursing and operation charges. Bed and diet, ward procedures and laboratory investigations, sonography and x- ray will be provided free of cost. The patient will only have to bear the cost of medicines, and consumables connected with the treatment. All can avail of this offer except cashless and other scheme holders. Cardiac and Cancer patients are not covered.
Last year, we had introduced two schemes for patients - Jan Aarogya and Aarogyashree, which are running successfully. The Jan Aarogya Yojana has been a boon to families whose monthly income is less than Rs 10,000. Now those under Jan Aarogya will get further benefits: 10% rebate in medicine and 75% in CT Scan and MRI.
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Ever since its inception in 1981, Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad has always endeavored to provide quality treatment to all, specially the underprivileged in the society. It is, therefore, no wonder that we were the first hospital chosen in the district to be empaneled under the Gujarat government’s Mukhyamantri Amrutam Yojana (MAA) in 2013 and MA Vatsalya Yojna subsequently. Families having an annual income up to Rs.1.5 lakh per annum can avail cashless quality medical and surgical treatment for critical illnesses related to Cardiovascular diseases and Cancer under this scheme. Now the Hospital is also empaneled for renal and urology diseases.
Since then the 720 bed NABH accredited Shree Krishna Hospital has treated 6500 cardiac and cancer patients under the MAA scheme making it the preferred hospital for critically ill patients of the region.
Out of the 112 empaneled hospitals under the Mukhyamantri Amrutum (MA) Yojana across the state of Gujarat, only four hospitals, including the Shree Krishna Hospital, are in Anand District. The Hospital, living up to its motto of Solace for the Suffering, has given a new lease of life to countless families through this program. An illness not only represents a permanent threat to their income and earning capacity, but in many cases, it results in the family falling into a trap of debt. Meant for lower income group people and those living below the poverty line, the scheme has been a boon to many.
In its pursuit for providing quality treatment at an affordable cost, Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad has launched the 160 bed Privilege Economy Wards from Monday, May 8.
Housed in the modern, newly built four storied, spacious and airy DJS Get well Centre each floor will have two wards. Each ward will have 20 beds separated with partitions to ensure privacy and exclusivity. In its pursuit for providing quality treatment at an affordable cost, Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad In addition, each floor will have doctor's room, procedure room, nursing station and pantry Initially four wards spread over two floors with a bed capacity of 80, will be operational from Monday. In the next two months, the remaining 80 beds will become operative.
Increasingly, medical care, especially amongst the middle class is becoming unaffordable. The Privilege Economy wards are an attempt to make quality healthcare affordable for the section of the society Ever since its inception, nearly four decades ago. SKH has been at the forefront of offering solace to the suffering. Not a single patient has been turned away for lack of funds. Last year the Hospital treated more than 4 lakhs out patients and nearly 40,000 in patients.
The 720 bed NABH accredited hospital has introduced a slew of measures to cater to every segment of society. At one end the Jana Arogya Yojana and the recently launched 450 free beds in Ashirwad wards cater to the underprivileged section, while at the other end is the Privilege Centre with personalized, luxury healthcare. The revenues earned at the Privilege Centre offsets the deficit incurred in treating economically disadvantaged patients and allows the Hospital to reach out to even more patients like those in the Ashirwad Wards. The Privilege economy is bridge between these two segments and fulfills a long-felt need for meeting the requirements of the middle class for quality treatment at affordable charges.
Palliative care is an approach that helps patients and their families to cope up with the illness. NABH-accredited Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad in Anand district of Gujarat, has recently launched palliative care services. The services will be run jointly by the Departments of Anaesthesia, Community Medicine and Extension Programmes and will be provided at the hospital between 9.30 am and 1.30 pm and home care services in the extension villages between 2.30 and 5 pm
Anyone suffering from life limiting illness, such as cancer, stroke, neuroliogical diseases, late stages of heart, kidney and respiratory diseases, needs palliative care. It is not meant only for terminal illness only. Palliative care is an approach that helps such patients and their families to cope up with the illness. In addition to medical care, it involves several non-pharmacological interventions to provide relief from the suffering. Along with helping with dressing of wounds, bed sores, maintaining personal hygiene, helping with pipes for breathing, feeding and pain relief, it also involves providing emotional, psychological, social and spiritual support.
Dr Dinesh Bhandari, Head, Community Medicine, said, “Palliative care can be sought at any stage of the life threatening or life limiting illness. However, the advantages will be maximum if it is sought early in the course of the disease rather than waiting for a later stage. This care is compatible with all types of current treatments. A good coordination between the current treatment provider and the palliative team, generally comprising a doctor, nurse, social worker and counsellor, will lead to better outcomes.”
Karamsad based Shree Krishna Hospital has received the coveted nursing excellence award from National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health-care (NABH).
The certificate effective from August 1, 2016 is valid until July 31, 2018, subject to continued compliance with NABH requirements.
The hospital has successfully met the standards and measures set by NABH to achieve this recognition. The standards provide framework for quality of care for patients and quality improvement for nursing services. The standard helps to build a quality culture at all level and across all the function of the hospital.
"In our quest towards quality in health-care for improved patient outcomes, this is yet another milestone and one that we should all celebrate. This certificate is a reflection of Shree Krishna Hospital's commitment towards facilitating safe, competent and ethical nursing practice," said Dr Amrita Patel, chairman of Charutar Arogya Mandal.
The mandatory quality protocols including nursing guidelines, infection control program for patient's safety, guidelines for safety of health-care workers were followed diligently by the hospital to bag this certification.
The hospital, which serves as a teaching hospital for Pramukhswami Medical College, had received the accreditation of Central Diagnostic Laboratories in 2008, making it the first medical college in the country to have all its laboratories accredited.
“Khilkhilat Ambulance” is used to drop Mother and Child at their home after delivery. This facility was first started in Gujarat by former Chief Minister Shree Narendra Modi to reduce the mother and child mortality rate. Thousands of people come to Tertiary Care Level Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad, and this NABH accredited hospital gives them the best treatment. Gujarat Government wants to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4th and 5th by reducing mother and child mortality rate. Shree Krishna Hospital cooperates this vision and provides data of pediatrics department to government's health department. Considering this long-term cooperation of the hospital, Gujarat Government has given a “Khilkhilat Ambulance” facility to Shree Krishna Hospital.
Shree Krishna Hospital at Karamsad in Anand district has launched a unique scheme for patients with a view to provide comprehensive and personalized health care with commitment and compassion at an affordable cost. The hospital will entail patients a saving of Rs 500 daily on hospitalization charges in the general ward.
Under this scheme, in the general ward there will be no charges for anything not connected with treatment. There will be no registration, doctor's consultation, administrative and nursing charges. Bed and diet will be provided free. The patient will only have to bear the cost of medicines, investigations and consumables connected with the treatment. The waving of charges effectively means that the patient has to pay the services provided based on orders of the doctors.
"This is being done to provide access to best of health care at an affordable cost to all. The scheme is applicable to other than cashless and scheme patients," a release issued by the hospital said. "On July 26, our Foundation Day, two schemes for the economically underprivileged -the BPL families and those whose monthly income was less than Rs 10,000—the Jana Arogya scheme and the Arogyasree were introduced and are running successfully," the release further mentioned.