Narayana Hrudayalaya, the Bangalore-based heart care hospital, will increase its bed capacity to 30,000 in five years across all its hospitals across India. For this the hospital has earmarked a fund of INR 1,000 crores. This hospital chain performs the highest number of cardiac surgeries each day. It also plans to set up health cities in Mexico, Malaysia and Indonesia, along with local partners, according to its chairman Devi Prasad Shetty. He was speaking to the media after announcing the launch of the 500-bed Narayana Hrudayalaya Malla Reddy Hospital. The Malla Reddy Group of Institutes chairman C Malla Reddy said 500 beds would be added every year at the Hyderabad facility to reach a capacity of 5,000 beds.
According to Shetty efforts were also on to bring down the costs of artificial heart implantation in the country. Narayana Hrudayalaya has successfully implanted an artificial heart, which runs on rechargeable batteries, in ten persons in the country.The first surgery cost about Rs 50 lakh and the cost for subsequent surgeries came down to Rs 30 lakh. The group also conducting research through its arm called Thrombus Research Centre is working on a vaccine to prevent heart attacks. Samples have been collected from 12,000 families.The research is being funded by Tata Trust, Western Foundation and Dixons of UK.