Equitas Breaks Barriers: Inaugurates Cancer Hospital for Affordable Treatment

Posted by Watchdoq Newsportal on November 17, 2023     

Chennai witnesses a transformative moment as Equitas Healthcare Foundation and Sringeri Sharada Mutt join forces to launch Sringeri Sharada Equitas Hospital Multispecialty & Cancer Care.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India – In a heartwarming initiative aimed at bringing a ray of hope to the economically challenged, Equitas Healthcare Foundation, in collaboration with Sringeri Sharada Mutt, proudly unveiled the Sringeri Sharada Equitas Hospital Multispecialty & Cancer Care in Gowrivakkam, Chennai. The inauguration ceremony, graced by Thiru. Ma. Subramaniam, Hon'ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of TN, marked a significant leap towards making advanced cancer treatment accessible to all.

This 100-bedded facility stands as a testament to Equitas SFB's unwavering commitment to their Beyond Banking initiatives, particularly in the healthcare domain. With a profound understanding of the emotional and financial toll that cancer can exact on families, Equitas strives to bridge the gap in high-quality, affordable cancer care.

At the core of Sringeri Sharada Equitas Hospital's offerings is a holistic approach to cancer care. The facility boasts state-of-the-art amenities covering surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, immunotherapy, pediatric oncology, targeted therapy, physiotherapy, cancer rehabilitation, medical and surgical gastroenterology, critical care, cancer pain management, wellness, and lymphedema clinic. A stellar team of seasoned oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, and medical professionals leads every aspect of treatment, ensuring the best care for all patients, regardless of their socio-economic status.

"Cancer is a disease that can have a big impact on families, both emotionally and financially. Through our Primary Health Camps, we had observed a lack of high-quality affordable cancer care. This hospital is a step towards bridging this gap and providing life-saving treatment, particularly to patients from underprivileged segments," expressed P.N. Vasudevan, CEO and MD of Equitas Small Finance Bank and Managing Trustee of Equitas Healthcare Foundation.

Dr. Vaithiswaran Velayoudam, the Medical Director of the Hospital, emphasized the significance of making cancer care more accessible and affordable in a country where the cost of treatment has often been a barrier. He conveyed his elation at being part of this transformative journey.

Mr. Arcot Sravanakumar, President of CSR initiatives of the Bank and Program Director Healthcare Initiatives, shared insights into the hospital's unique model. "This has been a humongous and very sacred project for us. After 7 years of persistent work by our team and great support from all the noble souls, we built this Hospital at Gowrivakkam, Chennai, in collaboration with Sringeri Sharada Mutt through our bank’s 5% contribution and donations from few noble souls."

The hospital, built on a capex-free model due to generous donations, holds the promise of affordability, with rates expected to be 30 to 50% lower than the market price. The anticipated installation of one of the world's best radiation machines by mid-2024 further underscores their commitment to cutting-edge cancer care.

Beyond oncology, the hospital features a 24-hour modern laboratory, imaging and cancer screening facility, pharmacy, three ultra-modern operation theaters, ICU, and a lifestyle disorder and diabetes clinic.

In a world where healthcare initiatives often echo inaccessibility, the Equitas-Sringeri collaboration shines as a beacon of compassion, offering not just treatment but a chance at a renewed life for those in need. For further information, visit www.equitashospital.org.