Bhubaneswar: Suresh Panigrahi, Managing Director, Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, discussed the challenges of the hospital management due to the COVID-19 pandemic and also talked about its expansion plans.
Here’s a peek into the conversation:
What steps is your hospital taking to improve healthcare services?
Since the establishment of Hi-Tech in the year 2004, we have been constantly working to provide the best medical facilities to people and improve its medical care system. It is the first private medical college in the state. Last year, we upgraded the cardiac treatment facilities in the hospital to treat infants and children. Since then, around hundreds of children have been successfully treated here. Even the underprivileged people avail medical care here without having to bear any financial burden.
What steps have been taken to manage with the COVID-19 pandemic?
With Paralakhemundi, Ganjam, Jharsuguda, Rourkela and Bhubaneswar, we have six centres across the state with 1400 total bed capacity. As many as 10,000 COVID-19 positive patients have been treated in our centres so far. During their stay, arrangements were made to update the relatives of their conditions. The patients kept in touch with their families through voice calls and video calls.
Is the COVID-19 pandemic a gift or curse for the hospital sector?
The pandemic was a gift not just for hospitals but also for the other sectors. It was an opportunity for people, especially those from the healthcare sector to take a stand for society’s safety and they discharged their duties commendably.
What is the total bed capacity of the hospital?
Currently, Hi-Tech Bhubaneswar and Rourkela Hospitals have 1,150 beds and we plan to add another 600 beds.
Has any new system been added recently?
We have a Blood Plasma Centre, an RTPCR unit, the Department of Pediatric Cardiology and a Deluxe Cabin in the hospital. There are no other plans for now.
Are there plans to expand in other states?
We are working on opening a medical college along with a 350-bed hospital on a 60-acre land in Tirupati city in Andhra Pradesh. Setting up an OPD system has already begun there.
What do you think about Sambad Brand of Odisha Pride of India?
It’s an amazing initiative and has established itself as an important award in the state corporate sector. I would congratulate Sambad Group for continuing this award every year.