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MIOT Hospitals announces free schemes

Special Correspondent

To coincide with its tenth anniversary fete

— Photo: R. Ragu

JUBILANT OCCASION: MIOT Hospital chief P.V.A. Mohandas greeting hospital director Siegfried Weller and his wife Karin Weller during the tenth anniversary celebrations of the institution held in Chennai on Thursday. Mallika Mohandas, hospital chairman and U. Holz, director, are in the picture.

CHENNAI: MIOT Hospitals on Thursday announced a slew of free treatment packages for poor patients to coincide with its tenth anniversary fete.

Established in 1999 as the Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology on fallow land in Manapakkam, the tertiary care institution will perform 10 free procedures each in heart surgery, hip replacements, knee replacements and renal transplants. MIOT managing director P.V.A. Mohandas also announced that 100 paediatric heart patients would be treated free of cost at the institution.

MIOT would combine corporate care with a touch of compassion towards the underprivileged and set up a corpus fund to fulfil its social commitment, Dr. Mohandas said.

Spelling out his vision for the hospital’s future, he said: “The hospital would as much fail in upholding its founding philosophy as I would in my loyalty to my humble origins in a village in the southernmost district of Tirunelveli, if the tertiary care at MIOT is kept beyond the reach of the country’s rural population.”

Dr. Mohandas, who narrated childhood experiences such as showing up on the first day of a city school without shoes and turning laughing stock of urban-bred peers, said the hospital project was implemented on an initial German investment of Rs. 5 lakh. He thanked everyone who contributed their mite as “money, cheques, saplings and even bird droppings for fertilising the soil.”

S.S.K. Marthandam, former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Ramachandra University, said MIOT exemplified the fact that a tertiary care healthcare institution was not founded on magnificent buildings but rather on the work ethic and dedicated teamwork of clinicians.

Siegfried Weller, MIOT Director, said the hospital’s mission statement of striving for “A Better Tomorrow and a Healthy Future for the country” was as valid then as it is today.

Prithvi Mohandas, MIOT Director, recounted his first brush with realism was when he was pitchforked into “the maelstrom of the Indian population" that visited the Madras Medical College.

Inder Chopra, president, Delphi-TVS Diesel Systems, cited a few special personal experiences to illustrate the core values of the hospital.

Mallika Mohandas, MIOT chairman, said the institution would continue to adhere to the founding principles into the future.

U. Holz, Director and Barry D’Rosario, Director, Centre for Joint Replacement Surgery also spoke.

Earlier, Karin Weller, wife of Dr. Weller, gave away awards to doctors and staff who combined excellent work with deep commitment to the job. The recipients were consultant surgeons Barry D’ Rosario, Ram Prasad and A. R. Kesavan in the category of service beyond the call of duty, consultant paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Robert Coelho (surgical excellence), consultant paediatric interventional cardiologist K. Sivakumar (special achievement), overseas manager Galal Ahmed Dawood, marketing head Paul Robin and J.W.J. Prem Kumar (loyalty, passion and perseverance), chief anaesthetist in cardiothoracic care Aju Jacob (meritorious service), junior anaesthetist Nilesh Warwantkar and DNB resident surgeon Vikas Chawla (consistent good performance).

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