Be it Cyberknife or the Blood Irradiator, BLK Super Specialty Hospital has been at the forefront of technology. The hospital has pushed the frontiers of care through excellence in clinical care, research and education. Naresh Kapoor, Director, Finance & Strategy, shares the making of a mammoth healthcare centre with Shahid Akhter, ENN
From a humble beginning in 1959, BLK Super Specialty Hospital today is hailed as one of the largest private hospital in Delhi. Please share the timeline and the legacy.
Allow me to travel back to 1930 when Dr B L Kapur, an eminent Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, set up a Charitable Hospital in Lahore. It was registered in 1942 as Lahore Hospital Society. Following the partition, Dr Kapur moved to Ludhiana and set up his Maternity Hospital in 1947. At the invitation of the then Prime Minister Pandit Nehru, he initiated the project for setting up a 200 bed hospital in Delhi which was inaugurated in 1959.
By 1984, when the hospital celebrated its Silver Jubilee, it was an expanding hospital well on its way to becoming Delhis premier multispecialty institute. The Trustees of the hospital felt the need to upgrade it to a tertiary care hospital and tied up with Radiant Life Care Private Limited in the late 1990s to re-develop and manage the facility. Today you can see the state-ofthe- art tertiary care hospital in place of the old hospital. It is one of the biggest stand alone private Hospitals with 700 beds in the National Capital Region today.
What are the highlights of the super specialty hospital and its infrastructure?
It is not just about the sheer size but equally about the services offered by BLK Super Specialty Hospital that makes it a giant in tertiary healthcare. The infrastructure speaks volumes about BLKs commitment to passion for healing. Our vision is to create a patient centric tertiary healthcare organization focused on non-intrusive quality care utilising leading edge technology with a human touch.
All ambulatory services have been designed with intent to create dedicated aides for all specialties, with their interventional services in close vicinity. The outpatient services are spread on two floors with 60 consultation rooms. Therefore, whether it is the proximity of diagnostic services and blood bank to the emergency or one of the best Endoscopy suites to ensure timely and efficient services.
The hospital banks on 17 stateof- the-art well equipped modular operation theatres with three stage air filtration and gas scavenging system to ensure patient safety. The operation theatres are equipped with best-in-class operating lights, anaesthesia work stations and advanced information management system.
The hospital has one of the biggest critical care programmes in the region with 125 beds in different intensive care units. Each critical care unit is equipped with high-end patient monitoring devices, ventilators and dedicated isolation rooms. Facilities for haemodialysis, CRRT, SLED, endoscopy and bronchoscopy are available 24X7 by the bedside.
How about the hospitals information system?
BLK has top-of-the-line Hospital Information System (HIS) system which is connected across outpatient, inpatient and diagnostic areas. The system has facility for contemporary electronic medical records (EMR) with remoteaccessibility enabling ongoing consultation to patients from distance as well.
BLKs advanced Building Management System provides for multi-tiered access control, electronic security systems with integrated CCTVs spanning across the facility and advanced fire management system amongst other utilities. The hospital is the first in NCR to install and start using automatic pneumatic chute system to enhance the efficiency and efficacy of health care delivery.
What are the technological advancements that the hospital has introduced lately?
Cyberknife VSI – BLK recently became the proud home to Cyberknife VSI, Asia Pacifics first whole body robotic radio-surgery system for treatment of hitherto inoperable tumors.
A TriologyTx Linear Accelerator with cone beam CT for Radiation Oncology – Image guided radiotherapy (IGRT), Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and Gated Radiotherapy.
What are the centers of excellence at BLK?
BLK Cancer Centre, BLK Centre for Bone Marrow Transplant, BLK Heart Centre, BLK Centre for Neurosciences, BLK Centre for Digestive & Liver Diseases, BLK Centre for Renal Sciences & Kidney Transplant, BLK Centre for Orthopaedics, Joint Reconstruction & Spine Surgery, BLK Centre for Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, BLK Childrens Heart Institute and BLK Centre for Critical Care.
How about advancements in blood bank and laboratories at BLK?
A state-of-the-art blood bank at BLK meets all standards that have been set up with facilities like Aphaeresis, blood component separation and stem cell harvesting. The Blood Bank is equipped with the NAT (Nucleic Acid Testing) System for the screening of Blood to ensure the safest possible blood for all its patients. In addition, a Blood Irradiator- another First of its Kind in any corporate hospital for specially treated blood for cancer and other subgroup of patients, shall be installed in the current year. BLK has one of the most well equipped labs in the NCR for entire gamut of diagnostic services in Haematology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Histopathology.
How much does BLK contribute towards medical tourism?
Recently we were in news for the successful operation of Nigerian conjoined twins. They were the first foreign conjoined twins separated at BLK super-specialty hospital after a 13-hour surgery. BLK has been a preferred healthcare destination for international patients. The hospital has attended to medical needs of thousands of global citizens from across the globe. We are also helping in the establishment of medical centers in various countries like Nepal and Ethopia.