Escorts receives the coveted NABH accreditation
Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre (EHIRC), one of the top cardiac super-specialty hospital in Delhi, recently became the third hospital under the Fortis Healthcare umbrella to receive the NABH accreditation, the highest national recognition for quality patient care and safety. Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Managing Director, Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre & Fortis Healthcare Ltd received the coveted certificate from Mr B K Rana, Deputy Director, NABH. The other hospitals under the Fortis Healthcare umbrella to have received the NABH accreditation include Fortis Hospital Noida and Mohali.
NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare organisations) is a constituent autonomous board of the Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare delivery organisations. The accreditation is in recognition of Escorts Heart Institute's impressive track record and future resolution in providing quality patient care and patient safety.
Escorts Heart Institute has always been the hallmark of medical quality and expertise in cardiac care and NABH accreditation is a testimony to this fact. NABH standards greatly emphasize patient rights, benefits, safety, control and prevention of infections in hospitals, practicing good patient care, protocols and better clinical outcome.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Managing Director, Escorts He art Institute and Research Centre said, “As a leading healthcare service provider in India, it is our responsibility to continuously raise the bar for quality standards. The NABH accreditation marks a milestone in our endeavor to take Escorts Heart Institute from excellence to pre-eminence and reaffirms our ability to deliver world-class integrated healthcare services to our patients.” He further added, “Greater adoption of quality accreditation like NABH by the healthcare service providers in India will accelerate India's emergence as a medical capital of the world. We wish to lead that change.” Escort Heart Institute underwent several months of rigorous screening process to receive the coveted accreditation.
ESI Corp to set up 28 medical colleges
The Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Corporation that provides healthcare facilities to industrial workers has decided to step into the field of medical education. In an innovative move, it will set up 28 medical colleges and start post graduation courses by the next academic session in 2009.
“We are aware that there is a shortage of doctors and it's no different for ESI hospitals across the country. By the next academic year, we are planning to start 500 seats at the post graduation level,” Chaturvedi said in an interview. He said the ESI Corp, which is under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, aims to set up a medical college in every state and become self-reliant. “The adding of 500 medical seats will help aspiring students every year, and in return we will get qualified doctors to serve in our own hospitals.
“A while ago we had put our proposal before the health ministry and have already got the go ahead. We have the capital and manpower, and now have the ministry's support too,” he said.
The ESI Corp is associated with over 331,000 factories and establishments across the country and provides benefits to about 10 million workers and their families.
The corporation currently has 144 full-fledged hospitals, 42 hospital annexes, 1,388 dispensaries, 1,942 panel clinics and 300 diagnostic