Of noble hearts
Sahrudaya Hospital, Alappuzha
Sahrudaya Hospital is known for specialty departments in General Medicine, Gynaecology, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic, ENT, Dental & Maxillo Facial Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, and Anaesthesiology. Managed by the Archdiocese of Changanacherry, the hospital is striving hard to emerge as one of the best healthcare providers in India with affordable medical solutions
By Shalet James
Established in 1967 by Social Welfare Society Thathampally, Sahrudaya Hospital at Thathampally in Alleppey town, Kerala, is a 100-bedded hospital managed by the Archdiocese of Changanacherry. Offering outstanding diagnostic services like High Frequency X-Ray, Tread Mill Test, ECG, 2D Echo, Colour Doppler, Sahrudaya Hospital has a well-equipped labour room and fully-equipped ICU and MICU.
Initially started as a dispensary under the name ‘Health Centre-cum-Hospital’, the hospital subsequently changed its name to ‘Sahrudaya Hospital’. It was with financial assistance from Caritas India, Helpage India, Helpage UK, Indo German Social Service Society, Rotary Club of Alleppy, Lions Club of Alleppy, Round Table Club and MISEREOR that Social Welfare Society Thathampally could give shape to the hospital expansion plans. Today, more than 85 per cent of the Society’s building is being used by Sahrudaya Hospital.
“With a good reputation in the healthcare sector for 45 years and a special touch to humanity and charity, we are now heading towards a new era of modernisation at par with international standards. We are trying our best to emerge as one of the specialist hospitals in India,” says Fr Thomas Maliakel, Executive Director of Sahrudaya Hospital.
Taken over by the Archdiocese of Changanacherry last January, the hospital still maintains its ties with the Society. It is now vying for recognition from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers. With an aim to offer the best cardiac care to the general public at affordable rates, the hospital is setting up a modern, full-fledged Cathlab with an investment of more than Rs 1.5 crore. “We are also planning to start an affordable dialysis centre. The poor will be given 100 per cent free service,” says Fr Thomas Maliakel.
“Education is of great interest to us,” says Fr Thomas Maliakel. “As of today, there are no avenues for paramedical studies in Alappuzha town. We plan to start paramedical courses in affiliation with recognised universities and support from well-experienced faculty members.”
Sahrudaya Hospital, which has collaboration with Chethipuzha Hospital, is trying to achieve quality certification for its laboratories from Christian Medical College, Vellore. The management is seriously planning to tap into the state’s potential for medical as well as dental tourism. To fulfill expansion plans, the hospital has acquired land in Punnapara and Kaithavana.
With the expertise of consultants in all specialties and 24-hour emergency services, Sahrudaya Hospital has a day care surgery centre, cardiac ambulance service, a geriatric ward, an ICCU, two operation theatres, a clinical laboratory, and X-ray/ultra sound scanning facilities. The hospital is known for specialty departments in General Medicine, Gynaecology, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic, ENT, Dental and Maxillo Facial Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, and Anaesthesiology.
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