New Delhi: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal on May 09, 2016 laid the foundation stone for the Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s new 2,000-bed Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre (Amrita Hospital) in Greater Faridabad, in the presence of Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, Vice Chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math.
The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr Krishnan Pal Gurjar and a host of other dignitaries also graced the occasion, which marked the beginning of construction of the state-of-the-art healthcare facility spread across nearly 100 acres in Sector 88, Greater Faridabad.
Swami Amritaswarupananda welcomed the dignitaries and read a statement from Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), the world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader who is the hospital’s founder: “May this new hospital become an abode of service to humankind and a place of solace for the sick. We should never forget that we require two types of health — external and internal. While external (bodily) health is no doubt important, internal health, which involves cultivating a sharing and caring attitude and compassion for the less fortunate, is no less crucial.”
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said: “India has a long tradition of saints working for social reforms and helping the poor. Mata Amritanandamayi is a shining example of this. She is an embodiment of love and compassion who has tirelessly worked for the welfare of entire humanity. She considers service to the poor as the greatest form of worship. Her Math is doing yeoman service around the world in the areas of education and health. I congratulate the citizens of Faridabad and all of Haryana for her decision to construct a 2,000-bed super-specialty hospital and medical college in Faridabad. It will benefit not only this industrial city, but also surrounding regions like Palwal and several districts of UP.”
Hospital will include highly specialized multidisciplinary children’s hospital, with all specialties and sub-specialties for complete mother-child care.
“With a planned facility of 2,000 beds, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre is set to become the largest hospital in Delhi-NCR,” said Mr Satyananda Misra, the former Chief Information Commissioner of India, who will serve as the new hospital’s Executive Director.
Dr Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi (the forthcoming hospital’s predecessor), said: “The new hospital at Faridabad will feature the complete range of specialities, super-specialties and Centres of Excellence. These will include a heart institute, an institute for high-precision cancer diagnosis and therapy, organ transplantation, an advanced centre for neurosciences and epilepsy, an institute for diabetes and metabolism, a centre for liver and biliary diseases, an institute for minimally invasive and robotic surgery, a burn unit, a centre for bone and joint diseases, an advanced centre for lung diseases and transplantation, an institute for physical medicine and rehabilitation, a centre for spinal disorders, an advanced laboratory for molecular diagnostics, an advanced centre for medical imaging, and interventional radiology, among others. It is our goal to have most, if not all, of these facilities provided and rapidly scaled with the new hospital’s launch.”
The green building will have no carbon footprint and has zero waste-water discharge. More than 45% solar-powered, it will be built with the use of environmentally friendly construction materials.
Amrita Hospital at Faridabad will also have a strong focus on mother-and-child healthcare. The new hospital will include a highly specialised multidisciplinary Children’s Hospital with maternal and foetal medicine and all paediatric subspecialties, including paediatric cardiology, heart surgery and transplantation, rheumatology, endocrinology, pulmonology, neurosciences, paediatric genetics, gastroenterology, paediatric orthopaedics and paediatric and foetal surgery. Added Dr Prem Nair: “It’s important to have a place where complete medical assistance and treatment for mother and child, including advanced paediatric medicine, can be attained under one roof. This is something lacking in many localities throughout India, as many private hospitals do not see mother-child care as monetarily sustainable.”
Dr Nair pointed out that since the inception of the Amrita Hospital, Kochi, in 1998, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has provided totally free medical care to more than 41 lakh [4.1 million] patients, and, during that time, MAM has provided more than Rs 536.33 crores [$85 million US] in charitable medical care. He said that the new Amrita Hospital would continue the Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s tradition of providing a strong presence of charitable and subsidized care.
Entire block in hospital will be dedicated to original research, focusing on low-cost healthcare solutions.
The hospital is being constructed to be GRIHA- and LEED-certified: a green building, with no carbon footprint, zero wastewater discharge, and to be powered eventually by more than 45% solar power. Construction materials used in the project will also be environmentally friendly. More than 70% of the campus acreage is planned as a green area filled with local varieties of trees, plants and shrubs and water bodies.