Kozhikode: Kerala, which is witnessing a boom in specialty hospitals, is poised to become a major healthcare destination in the near future. The latest among the quality healthcare providers to open its doors to international and domestic patients is Meitra Hospital in Kozhikode. Redefining healthcare facilities, Meitra tertiary care hospital, launched a month ago, offers
Kozhikode: Kerala, which is witnessing a boom in specialty hospitals, is poised to become a major healthcare destination in the near future. The latest among the quality healthcare providers to open its doors to international and domestic patients is Meitra Hospital in Kozhikode.
Redefining healthcare facilities, Meitra tertiary care hospital, launched a month ago, offers superior patient care, cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art IT systems and services of best-in-class doctors and healthcare practitioners. With the team equipped to handle the most complex and demanding medical cases and challenges, Meitra is poised to become a unique healthcare destination. The facilities at Meitra are designed to make the patient feel at home. “Meitra is the result of our plan to develop a healthcare delivery model that is different from what exists in the State or South India. We want the facility to be of real international standards and professionally run,” says Dr. Ali Faizal, Director and Chief of Clinical Services.
Meitra Hospital is designed by Total Alliance Health Partners International (TAHPI), an international specialist in healthcare facility planning and architecture which has been involved in more than 250 healthcare projects around the world
At present, the hospital boasts of three centres of excellence – Meitra Centre for Heart and Vascular Care, Meitra Centre for Bone and Joint Care and Meitra Centre of Neurosciences. It will soon be starting centres of excellence in Gastroenterology, Urology and Nephrology. Meitra has introduced a unique value-based care model developed under the guidance of physicians from the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, USA. “The Cleveland Clinic had been advising us for the last few years and we recently entered into a tie-up with them,” says Dr. Ali.
In its bid to bring about a difference in clinical care, the hospital follows ‘Carepath model’ of care delivery – which ensures patients receive treatment based on a set guidelines and international standards. To bring transparency in clinical care, Meitra will publish clinical outcome measures every six months. The hospital enjoys an entirely paperless environment and all records are digitally maintained. Individual Electronic Intensive Care Units (eICU) are fitted with automated Dräger monitoring system where doctors can monitor patients from anywhere in the world, and a fully integrated unit dose system is in place at the pharmacy. “We are the first hospital in the country to introduce the unit dose system. We have imported machinery to implement the system and it helps us prevent medication error and missing of doses,” Dr. Ali says.
The hospital has a built-up area of over 4,00,000 square feet. At present, there are 210 beds and another 300 will be added in the next phase. One floor is earmarked for international patients. Over the next one to two years, the hospital expects foreign citizens to comprise 10-20 per cent of its patients. This will help introduce cross-subsidy and treat local patients at highly economical rates.
“We are looking for partners in GCC, East Africa and East European countries to sell the concept of Meitra. A large number of international patients, especially Arabs, are interested in travelling to our place for treatment. But Kozhikode lacks connectivity and support facilities. We need to launch direct flights from international destinations, introduce visa-on-arrival and other facilities to make Malabar region a big healthcare destination,” says Moidu K E, Director, Meitra Hospital. Commenting on expansion plans, Moidu says new facilities at Palakkad and Kannur are on the cards.
FACILITIES AT A GLANCE
- 210 well-appointed patient suites and rooms
- Seven state-of-the-art operation theatres, designed for optimal efficiency
- 52 individual intensive care suites
- Entertainment zone
- Food joints
- Business and shopping zones
- Robotic Hybrid Cath Lab (Artis Zeego Q Pure) – The third unit in the country and the first in South India featuring a multi-axis C-arm that employs robotic technology to extend imaging capabilities to perform the most difficult and complex interventions
- Dräger monitoring systems with electronic charting, leading to a paperless environment
- 3 Tesla MRI – Magnetom-Skyra. The top-of-the-line 70 cm 3T scanner offers various technological features in obtaining excellent image quality and transforming 3T productivity
- The revolutionary O-Arm for intra operative 3D imaging for Orthopaedic and Spine surgeries for the first time in Kerala
- CT Scanner – Somatom Perspective 128-slice, high-end CT scanner
KEY CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE
Meitra Centre for Heart and Vascular Care, Meitra Centre for Bone and Joint Care and Meitra Centre of Neurosciences. Other departments are for Kidney and Genito-Urinary Diseases, Liver and Gastro-Intestinal Diseases, Interventional Radiology, Critical Care, General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Minimally Invasive General and Laparoscopic Surgery, Pulmonology, Anaesthesia and Pain Clinic, Endocrinology, ENT and Wellness.
CENTRE FOR HEART AND VASCULAR CARE
The high-calibre, collaborative medical team comprising renowned cardiac surgeons and cardiologists have the rare credentials of consistently achieving successful outcomes for close to two decades. Centre for Coronary Artery Diseases, Centre for Aortic and Peripheral Vascular Diseases, Centre for Valve Diseases and Centre for Rhythm- Management and Heart Failures are under the Department.
CENTRE FOR BONE AND JOINT CARE
Offering comprehensive care, the arthroscopy clinic is the first Centre of Excellence of its kind certified by Smith and Nephew, UK. Joint Replacement Clinic is equipped with the most advanced computer navigation. The Ortho-Neuro Integrated Spine Centre is equipped with O-Arm facility in OT.
CENTRE OF NEUROSCIENCES
Has facilities at par with global standards and highly qualified and acclaimed experts in neurology, neurosurgery and interventional neurology. There are experienced specialty-trained nurses and technical staff too. The Centre for Neurology has facilities like stroke unit, epilepsy clinic, movement disorder clinic and neuromuscular clinic including botox. Centre for Neurosurgery provides cranial microsurgery, minimally invasive (keyhole) brain surgery, endoscopic pituitary and skull base surgery, functional neurosurgery, integrated spine unit for minimally invasive and complex spine surgeries and head and spine trauma unit.