Thiruvananthapuram: Since 2005, healthcare sector in Kerala has one name which is considered synonymous with neurology and trauma care. Spearheaded by renowned neurosurgeon Dr. A Marthanda Pillai, a Padma Shri recipient, Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute (AHRI) (www.ananthapurihospitals.com) has emerged as a centre of excellence drawing treatment-seekers from all over the country and abroad over the last 14 years.
AHRI which is considered to be a pioneer in handling trauma and cardiac emergencies is the outcome of Dr. Marthanda Pillai’s great vision
Functioning as a 400-bed hospital, with specialty centres for neurosciences, cardiology, trauma care and critical care, AHRI has entered the league of a quaternary referral centre by expanding all its existing facilities.
“AHRI has strengthened the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with an infertility unit, advanced facilities for gynaecologic oncological surgeries and new birth suites. Cardiology centre saw the addition of Cardiac Electrophysiology programme capable of Radio-Frequency Ablation of complex heart rhythm disorders and implantation of pacemaker-defibrillators, and Cardiac Re-synchronisation Therapy for heart failure. The department of Nephrology spread its wings and entered the domain of Kidney Transplants, including paediatric transplants,” said Dr. Pillai, the Chairman and MD, AHRI when asked about the growth of the institution.
According to Dr. Anand Marthanda Pillai, the translation of his father’s dream could be seen in the establishment which was methodically planned and painstakingly executed. “His vision of the hospital is to provide a total quality healthcare solution rather than restricting it to its core strength alone,” said Dr. Anand, Consultant in Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology. With more than eight years of experience in India and abroad, he is an expert in complex Coronary Interventional procedures like Primary Angioplasties, Bifurcations and Chronic Total Occlusions.
AHRI, which was accredited first by ISO and then certified by NABH, has completed paperless documentation process with computerisation of both non-clinical and clinical processes.
AHRI’s success rates in handling risky cases can be measured by the fact that it is looked upon by the general public as the last resort when it comes to accident and trauma cases, particularly the ones involving head injury, as well as cardiac emergencies.
“Of course, with quality healthcare, the cost of treatment will increase. However, no patient has been denied treatment based on financial considerations. We do whatever is possible on a case-to-case basis. Promoters who associate with this venture consider it as part of their deep social commitment,” he signs off.