Located in Udaipur, GBH American Hospital is a multi super specialty hospital that provides quality healthcare to locals as well as tourists. Its CEO and Medical Director Dr Vallabh Parikh talks to ENNs Rajesh K Sharma about the hospitals objectives and achievements.
Please tell us about the GBH American Hospital”the number of beds, kinds of treatments it provides, class of patients it serves.
GBH American Hospital is a 150-bed state-of-the-art multi super specialty and tertiary care hospital located in Udaipur, Rajasthan. It is NABH accredited and ISO 9001:2008 certified. We provide medical treatments in Neuro-Intervention, IVF, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Cardiacthoracic surgery, Arthoscopy, Arthoplasty, Spine surgery, Uro-laser surgery, Cosmetic surgery and Hair transplant. While our services are available to the people of Rajasthan, we do get patients from neighboring states as well, in addition to foreign medical tourists. We treat patients of all economic strata.
How many patients do you treat on a single day across all departments? What are the most common kinds of queries you deal with (are they infection or lifestyle-related)?
We treat around 350 patients per day across all our departments. The nature of medical cases that we see is a mix of infectious as well as lifestyle diseases.
Please tell us about the role technology plays in providing healthcare in GHB American Hospital. What are the latest technology implementations in GHB American Hospital?
Technology plays a very vital part in GBH American Hospital in treating patients, and also helps us to stand apart from the other hospitals in the city. We, at GBH American Hospital, have introduced Uro-laser surgery equipment, Brain Lab, state-of-the-art IVF lab, advanced Neuro and Cardiac Intervention Lab and Linear Accelerator Dosimetry.
What are the measures taken to prevent nosocomial infections at your hospital?
We organize aggressive hand-washing campaign for our staff, physicians and visitors. Appropriate isolation protocols are enforced and adherence to evidence-based safety standards in cleaning for rooms and equipment, promote standard precaution and many more are ensured.
Given the high costs of medical instruments, and the high taxes for importing such instruments, do you feel that the benefits of the latest medical technological advantages have not reached the common man?
I feel, it is reaching to many, if not to everyone. With the right government policies and the support from NGOs, it can reach all sections of the society.
GBH American Hospital at a Glance
GBH American Hospital is a NABH accredited state-of-the-art multi-specialty hospital located in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Founded by Dr Kirti Kumar Jain, it aims to provide high quality medical care to the local population as well as to a global clientele through dedicated and highly skilled staff. The hospital caters to the local population of Udaipur and also provides healthcare to medical tourists from foreign countries.
GBH American hospital has 150 beds and the latest medical equipments to aid its doctors, as they provide world class medical care to the patients. In line with its vision to provide high quality medical care, the hospital follows Total Quality Management (TQM) and Continuous Quality Improvement. It also holds regular educational and health camps to educate the people of Udaipur about healthcare.
Since it is located in the tourist town of Udaipur, GBH American Hospital has been able to tap into its medical tourism potential. It offers world class medical treatments at competitive rates. A patient visiting Udaipur can combine tourism with quality medical care. While its team of highly qualified doctors takes care of patients, the persons can avail sigh seeing in an around the city.
How wide is the difference between the standards of medical treatment given to the rich and the poor?
At GBH American Hospital, the medical services provided are equal to all.
The government has laid emphasis on healthcare during the 12th Five Year Plan, and also launched the National Health Mission to promote telemedicine and mobile health.
Do you think it has been successful?
I feel telemedicine and mobile health are the need of the day, but there are challenges which need to be tackled properly to ensure a better outcome.
Please tell us about medical tourism at GBH American Hospital. Does the fact that you are situated in Udaipur, a tourist town, help you in promoting it? What is the outlook for medical tourism in India?
Medical tourism in India is growing at an exponential rate and yes being in Udaipur is a big advantage.
What are your expectations from the new government for the healthcare sector?
Healthcare sector is the basic necessity, and the new government will definitely take measures to improve the standard of medical care in India.