Free Consultation at Medica Gamma by Senior Doctors from Medica Superspecialty Hospital
Partially clouded skies with the sun playing hide-and-seek, accompanied by a light breeze, made the balmy Monday afternoon of 14th November perfect for some outdoor activity, as Medica celebrated Children’s Day with its young visitors. An annual event at the Hospital, Children’s Day is traditionally celebrated at Medica with various fun activities for the children at our premises. In the past years, we have seen children of all ages participating in competitions ranging from Sit & Draw and Story Writing to Talent Contest.
This year (2016), we at Medica organised a Children’s Carnival on the Hospital lawns with a fun & food corner and a contest corner. Close to a 100 children ranging from Class 1 to Class X participated in the various activities including Sit & Draw, Hand Craft, Slogan Writing and Fancy Dress competitions. On the judges’ chair were the young actors Riddhi Sen, Rwitobroto Mukherjee, Rajarshi Nag and Surangana Bandopadhyay (of Open Tee Bioscope fame). With our talented contestants coming up with very innovative and skilful creations, the judges had a tough job at hand. While ‘a teacher’ seemed to be the favourite role model, we saw some really out-of-the-box thinking in a child dressed as a dustbin, and one an ATM counter dispensing the new, much desired, notes!
The afternoon of laughter and fun ended with the much awaited prize distribution with the young winners proudly carrying away books and gift hampers along with participation certificates to make the day a memorable one for them and us at Medica.
Medica Superspecialty Hospital celebrated it’s 6th Anniversary on 14th April 2016. In keeping with the tradition, the day began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp in our beautifully decorated lobby, accompanied by soul-stirring rendition of Rabindra Sangeet by our Guest Relations Executives and Health Hosts. Our Directors and Clinical Heads spoke of the hospital’s 6-year journey, mentioning the contribution of each and every employee in making the institution what it is today. Present during the occasion were our Chairman Dr Alok Roy, along with the senior Doctors and members of the admin team. All visitors to the hospital were greeted with the tradional ‘tika’ and sweets to mark the special day.
On 2nd April 2016, Medica Superspecialty Hospital organized its 2nd Health Talk for the year, on four extremely important and relevant medical topics of today in the areas of Kidney Diseases, Breast Diseases, GI Surgery and Basic Life Support. The three and a half hour intense session saw the likes of Consultant Oncologist Dr. Chanchal Goswami, Sr. Breast Disease Specialist & Surgeon Dr. Tapti Sen, and Consultant Gastro & GI Surgeon Dr. Rohit Gaurav address important issues like - Medical Management of Metastatic Kidney Cancer, Present Scenario of Breast Diseases in India and Laparoscopic Hernia Repair respectively. Medica Emergency team consisting of specialists Dr. Soumya Dingal, Dr. Amit Bhowmik & Dr. Sudipta Barua ended the session with the much awaited talk and hands-on training on basic life support. The sessions were attended by large a number of people, particularly to learn how to perform CPR in cases of emergency, and we received a lot of verbal and written feedback requesting organizing of such sessions more. With more than 100 people attending the session, Medica Health Talk April Chapter was a huge success.
Medica's award winning CSR Initiative KARMA (Kolkata Accident Response & Medical Assistance), celebrated its 4th Anniversary on 5th March 2016. Present for the occasion were dignitaries Shri V. Solomon Nesakumar, IPS Dy. Commissioner of Police (I), Traffic Department, and Mr. Kalyan Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) along with other dignitaries and staff of the Kolkata Police Traffic Department.
4 years back when Kolkata Police wanted to partner with a hospital to run their trauma care services, Medica was the only one to take up the entire responsibility of 18 ambulances, which are stationed at accident-prone areas. Thus was born ‘Kolkata Accident Response & Medical Assistance’, a unique Public-Private partnership. Upon receiving a call at the Medica KARMA Command Centre, the nearest ambulance reaches a trauma victim in a matter of minutes. Time being of essence, patients are transported to the nearest hospital. In the 4 years of its existence, KARMA has received about 12,000 calls, out of which around 10,000 patients have been transported to various hospitals. Only about 20 have come to Medica! This one-of-a-kind service has helped to save many lives!
The 4th Anniversary ceremony started on the beautifully manicured grounds of the hospital with the dignitaries interacting with the KARMA Emergency Medical Technician Team, KARMA Ambulance Drivers and the management of Medica Group of Hospitals. The programme continued in the 3rd floor conference hall of the hospital where Ms. Manjula Singh, Honorary Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility - Medica, inaugurated the event. She introduced project KARMA and talked about its journey and achievements in the last 4 years.
Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Sr. Consultant Cardiac Surgeon & Vice Chairman - Medica, Dr. Dilip Kumar Pahari, Director - Medica Institute of Kidney Diseases & Vice Chairman - Medica, and Dr. Vikash Kapoor, Group Director - Medica Institute of Orthopaedic Sciences, each addressed the august gathering and congratulated the entire team of KARMA and appreciated the Kolkata Police Traffic department for jointly creating this unique medical CSR model where healthcare can be taken out on the streets from the hospital to those who need it the most, the road traffic accident victims.
Chief Guest Shri V. Solomon Nesakumar, IPS Dy. Commissioner of Police (I), Traffic Department spoke next, applauding the project and the entire team for the noble initiative taken up by Medica and promised his support in providing all that is required for KARMA to become more effective and to expand its operations in future.
As a part of the 4th anniversary celebration, a series of special awards were given out to some of the Star performers. While Mr. Choton Das & Mr. Nabin Das won the Best EMT awards, Appreciation Award for the longest contribution to KARMA went to EME Ms. Sriparna Nath. The Best Driver and the Best Housekeeping awards were bagged by Mr. Samir Beshra and Mr. Samir Roy & Mr. Bilash Kunda respectively.
The programme ended with Mr. Sudeep Bhattacharjee, Regional Emergency Medical Service Administrator, formally presenting the vote of thanks to the dignitaries and all present, inviting them for fellowship over tea and refreshments.
On the occasion of World Cancer Day on 4th February 2016, Medica Superspecialty Hospital organized an event to spread awareness about cancer, how best it can be prevented and to recognize the fight and win of some its cancer survivors over the killer disease.
The programme started with Dr. Tapti Sen, Sr. Breast Disease Specialist & Surgeon, Head - Medica Institute of Breast Diseases inaugurating the event. She spoke about breast cancer, its scenario in India, how it can be prevented and about her patients, the survivors who were present for the occasion to share their respective stories. Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Head - Medica Institute of Cardiac Sciences & Vice Chairman, Medica, congratulated the Breast Disease Institute for being the only institute of its kind in the country, applauding their efforts and the remarkable trajectory that they have journeyed so far. Dr. Roy, Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals, addressed the gathering and promised to make the breast disease and the breast cancer wing one of the best in the country with the most advanced technologies for superior treatment and patient care.
The survivors present for the occasion included women from various walks of life starting from young actresses to elderly housewives and the event ended on a very emotional, yet positive note with many of them sharing their success stories with the gathering.
Can Fat be Fit? - was the topic of contention between two groups of youngsters who were debating to win the trophy at the Medica Great Debate Grand Finale held in our Conference Room on 30th January 2016. The Finale was the culmination of an online debate competition organized by Medica on the occasion of Children’s Day 2015.
The participants were required to write to us with their views ‘For’ or ‘Against’ the topic and seven best debaters were chosen from each side to fight it out in the Grand Finale.
After an interesting session that saw the participants succinctly putting across their views, the team speaking ‘For’ the topic won the day with convincing arguments and oratory skills. The prizes were given away by our Chairman Dr. Alok Roy and our Guest of Honour, actor & keen debater, Mr. Victor Banerjee.
Cervical Cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, yet, unfortunately, awareness about this disease has remained abysmally low, particularly in India. Statistics show that India records a very high percentage of deaths in women diagnosed with cervical cancer, in spite of the fact that it is the only form of cancer that can be prevented with some precautions and regular cervical screening. Lack of awareness, not enough importance given to sexual education and a general disregard for women’s health that is still very much rampant in our society are some of the reasons that has led to this status. In the developed countries, a growing awareness and thrust towards regular screening programmes has greatly decreased mortality caused by cervical cancer.
Marking the National Cervical Health Awareness month, Medica organised a special programme with the intent of generating awareness on the importance regular Cervical Screening and HPV (Human Papiloma Virus) vaccination on 16th January, 2016. The highlight of the programme was a lively panel discussion by ladies from different walks of life who put forward their views on the subject.
Opening the session, our Gynaecologist Dr. Jayasish Chakrabarti, stressed on regular screenings for all women above 25. He also explained that abnormal results of the tests (pre-cancerous changes) were not uncommon but, it was important to note that this does not mean cancer. In majority of such cases the abnormality did not lead to cancer and rectified itself with time, but a small percentage needed treatment to prevent cancer in future.
Following Dr. Chakraborty’s presentation, our Gynaecologist Dr. Chandrima Dasgupta took the stage along with the august panel for the evening, which included Ms. Sonal Kundalia Mondal, Chairperson, State Chapter, All Ladies League, Social Activist Ms. Urmi Basu, Founder, New Light, well-known Singer Ms. Jayati Chakraborty, and renowned Dancer Ms. Debmitra Sengupta. Moderating the discussion, Dr. Dasgupta raised issues like – ‘Are we talking enough about women’s health?’, and ‘How aware is a woman about her own health?’ The panel also discussed other extremely relevant issues like sexual education, various taboos associated with a woman’s sexual health, importance of screening & vaccination and Government initiatives to promote awareness. The most touching moments were the very personal experiences shared by some of the members of the panel, that highlighted the great need for more awareness on this subject.
Keeping its promise of making healthcare more accessible and affordable, Medica launched its latest vertical - Home Care Services - on 14th January 2016, becoming the first reputed hospital in eastern India to provide such a facility. Medica has built and managed numerous healthcare facilities across the region over the past few years. It has been our endeavour to make healthcare more accessible and available for all. Medica today has the experience and infrastructure to provide our patients the luxury of choosing their treatment plan and getting it in the comfort of their homes.
Our Homecare Services have been designed keeping the growing needs of the day in mind. Our experts have carefully planned value-for money health care packages to offer safe options at home, ensuring peace of mind. Our hand-picked team will discuss and understand a person’s social, physical and financial barriers and priorities and then create best suitable health care plans in collaboration with the members and his/her family.
Our team of Doctors, physicians, medical technicians, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacy specialists, and nutrition & diet managers are a part of the homecare delivery chain that will help in taking medical assistance to the homes of our members.
Medica Homecare offers a plethora of services clubbed into two broad packages – Care & Comfort. The Care Package has been specially designed to suit the needs of the elderly population and chronic or bed-bound patients who need constant monitoring and care. At home treatment would not only reduce the cost, it would also make it logistically easier for their caregivers, as frequent visits to hospitals would no longer be required. The Comfort Package has been designed to meet the regular health needs of an entire family, giving them the opportunity of keeping a tab on their medical parameters at home, along with the benefit of choosing from a host of services as and when required.
“Curing the sick and saving lives are the kind of inter–people activities that cannot be matched or measured by money or anything in kind” – Known for revolutionising healthcare services, Medica Superspecialty Hospital (MSH) has further strengthened its Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery services by acquiring the latest technological innovations from Medistim Devices.
Transmit Time Flow Measurement by Medistim is the latest and the most advanced technique in the field of cardiac surgery. It helps in determining the blood flow through the conduit - bypass channels (Artery/Vein) - used for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting and is much more reliable than traditional methods like ECG, BP, etc.
Other technical innovations introduced at Medica that are set to revolutionise Cardiac treatment in the region:
- Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH): One of the latest and most advanced procedures for conduit harvesting in CABG. It requires a very small incision, and apart from the cosmetic benefits, the pain is much less as compared to the open technique. MSH is the only centre in Eastern India that performs EVH.
- Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO): A technique that provides cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange to sustain life. ECMO works by removing blood from the patient’s body and artificially removing the carbon dioxide and oxygenating red blood cells. Medica is the only center in Eastern India to have a dedicated ECMO machine with 24 hours support.
- Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR): a procedure that helps in accurate diagnosis of a heart block. It significantly reduces unnecessary stenting/revascularization and helps in optimizing the therapy for heart patients.
This information was shared with the media recently by the Cardiac team atMedica. Present during the occasion were Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Senior Vice Chairman and Head of Cardiac Surgery, Medica, Dr. Dilip Kumar, renowned Cardiologist &Sr Consultant at Medica, along with Mr. Prashant Narshima, Managing Director of RND International AG, India - the German brand behind Medistim. Also present were Mr. Roger Morberg and Ms. Anne Waaler from the Medistim Executive team.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sarkar said, “We keep upgrading our infrastructure, keeping in mind the needs of our patients. We always aim to provide high quality specialized treatment facilities and excellent clinical services at an affordable price. At Medica, we offer a one-stop solution for all healthcare needs. Our hospital is one of the very few healthcare providers in our country to use the highly advanced technological innovations developed by Medistim. Cardiac care at Medica has reached a new peak with the introduction of these devices that will enhance the treatment provided and its outcome.”
Health is an issue that touches all. All of us have heard the adage ‘Prevention is better than cure’, but how many of us are aware of our role in keeping ourselves healthy? Keeping this in mind Medica has started the series ‘Medica Health Talk’ where our Doctors/specialists address interested audiences on various issues related to health. The participants also get a chance to interact with the Doctors and put forth their queries. The first such session was held at the Hospital premises on 1st October and was dedicated to our Senior Citizens. Our Senior Doctors gave presentations to a packed house, on topics including ‘Know your heart’, ‘How to prevent stroke’, ‘Lifestyle & diabetes’, ‘Health of Kidneys’, ‘Urinary Incontinence’ and ‘Arthritis and other bone problems’.
The second session was held 21st November and included discourses by our Breast Specialist, Rheumatologist, Internal Medical Specialist, Emergency care and Physical Therapy. We plan to hold such interactive sessions at regular intervals to generate health awareness.
Three years ago when Medica opened its doors to Kolkata, it did so with a promise to bring transparent and affordable healthcare to the city, and stand by its people at the hour of their need. Since then Medica has fulfilled its promise in various ways by not only providing quality healthcare with care and compassion, but also through various CSR activities that have benefitted different sections of the society. The hospital has been spending a substantial sum of money annually on welfare projects like KARMA (for road traffic accident victims), Caddies insurance scheme, Chiranjeevi for school children, Buddha, for benefit of local population of Mukundapur, and various other projects.
At the commencement of three fulfilling years in service of the city and its people, Medica reiterated its commitment towards the society through 'MEDICAR APONJON', conceived as an annual event recognising some worthy Kolkatans for their contributions to the society.
For 'MEDICAR APONJON 2013', with the help of a panel of eminent Kolkatans, Medica selected 10 stalwarts for their contributions in the fields of Cinema, Theatre, Music, Sports and Journalism, and felicitated them at a ceremony celebrating the hospital’s 3rd Anniversary at GD Birla Sabhaghar on 13th May.
The panel comprised actress Rituparna Sengupta, songster Srikanta Acharya, theatre veteran Manoj Mitra, ex-cricketer and national selector Raju Mukherjee and senior journalists Gautam Bhattacharya and Anindya Sengupta. The panelists chose the nominees from their respective areas of work and handed over the honour on Medica’s behalf.
The 10 nominees – actors Lalita Chaterjee and Bulbul Chowdhury, cricketer Kalyan Mitter and cricket coach Munawar Ali, theatre actors Swapna Mitra and Amar Ghosh, journalists Shankar Chowdhury, Nikhil Bhattacharya and Ranjit Roy, and singer Khokon Mukerjee – were handed over health cards for lifelong free of cost treatment at Medica along with some financial benefits.
The audience was also treated to sublime performances by internationally acclaimed dance troupe Sukalyan De Entourage, singers Srikanta Acharya and Subhomita, and recitation by Bratati Bandopadhyay.
To commemorate World Heart Day on 29th September, 2012, Medica organised a number of social welfare and awareness spreading activities on 28th and 29th in the city. Free health camps were held for morning walkers during the early hours on the two days at Rabindra Sarobar and Horticulture Society of India. The health check-ups included blood Pressure, Weight and Random Blood Sugar checks. Close to 200 people benefitted from these camps.
Medica also organised a free Cardiac Check-up Camp at Behala Shantiniloy Welfare Society, an old age home, from 12 – 2pm on 29th. The cardiac consultation of 30 inmates included BP and weight checks and ECGs.
A World Heart Day walk was organised by Medica on the 29th to spread awareness on the necessity of exercise for keeping the heart healthy. The walk started from the Medica Clinic at Beck Bagan and ended at the Medica Pharmacy on Lake View road. Led by Chairman Dr.Alok Roy, the more than 100 participants included members of the Medica family. The contingent carried banners and placards with slogans extolling the virtues of exercise, not smoking and eating right.
An afternoon for ‘little artists’…
Medica celebrated children’s Day 2012 with a ‘Sit & Draw’ competition organised at its premises for children between the ages of 5 and 15. Held on the balmy afternoon of 17th November, in a carnival like atmosphere, the competition had children in three categories – 5 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 15 participating for the coveted 1st, 2nd and 3rd trophies.
The little ones in the first category were given the choice of drawing whatever their little hearts felt like, but the older children had slightly tougher assignments having to restrict themselves to Puja spirit (for the 2nd category) and their conception of health (for the oldest). Getting down to the work at hand with great gusto, the future Picassos, Ganesh Pynes and Hussains came up with some really innovative, well-constructed pieces of drawings and painting that left our judges, eminent artist Wasim Kapoor and art gallery owner Ms Roshan Choudhury, with a really tough task of deciding on the winners.
While handing over the prizes, Mr Kapoor declared every participant a winner, adding "prizes or awards do not make artists, had that been so, my closet would have been full of them. Each of you is an artist in your own right. My advice to you is to always remain true to your instincts, never compromise on them because your parents or your teacher, or anybody else, tells you to do so". Our Chairman, Dr. Alok Roy, was also present to give away the prizes and encourage the young artists.
A workshop on Otology, Cochlear Implants & Sinus Surgery, organised by Medica ENT Institute, was held at Medica on 8th October, 2012. It included lecture and live surgery demonstration of “Cochlear Implantation by Veria Technique” by guest faculty Dr. Trifon Kiradzidis and Prof. J.M. Hans, and of Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) by Dr. K. Meghnadh. MENTI doctors included Dr. NVK Mohan, Dr. Arjun Dasgupta and Dr. Chirajit Dutta.
A live surgical workshop on Cochlear Implantation, organised by Medica ENT Institute, was held on 30th September, 2012 at Medica. Guest faculty at the workshop included Dr. A. Lahiri, Director Cochlear Implant Services, Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, and Kolkata-based Prof B.K. Roychowdhury and Dr. Amitabha Roychowdhury. Live surgery demonstration was followed by a panel discussion hosted by MENTI doctors, Dr. NVK Mohan, Dr. Arjun Dasgupta and Dr. Chirajit Dutta.
The 3rd Live Skull-base Workshop, organised by Medica Institute of Neurological Diseases, was held at Medica on 18th September, 2012. Prof. Atul Goel, Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College, and Dr. Duttatraya Muzumdar, Associate professor, Department of Neurosurgery, KEM Hospital, Mumbai, were the guest faculty at the workshop convened by Dr. L.N. Tripathy, Director MIND.
Kolkata has long suffered a lack of properly established and coordinated trauma and ambulance services that can come to the prompt assistance of road traffic accident victims. Kolkata Police has been working to bridge this gap with 18 ambulances placed at strategic locations in the city to ferry trauma victims to the nearest hospitals. However, their initiative lacked the technical expertise that can be provided only by personnel trained in trauma care. All leading hospitals of the city were invited to support in running the services.
Medica Superspecialty Hospital stepped in to bridge this lacuna. With the strategic collaboration of Kolkata Police, Medica Superspecialty Hospital and Eastern India Healthcare Foundation, was born KARMA: Kolkata Accident Rescue & Medical Assistance, a project that aims to provide 24 hours trauma care service to the people of the city.
KARMA was officially flagged off by Commissioner of Police Mr. Ranjit Pachnanda on 5th March, 2012, from the police headquarters at Lal Bazar.
18 Ambulances and drivers have been given by Kolkata Police for providing 24 hours trauma care service to the trauma victim. This launch has put the city of Kolkata on the prestigious list of the few Indian cities where this service is currently available.
The ambulances are manned by skilled and highly-trained Paramedical Staff, backed by an ever-vigilant Command Centre and the Network of Hospitals giving expert medical care. The Ambulance services to the trauma patients are free of cost.
Central Command Centre: All calls for accident-help have to be made to the Command Centre (033-66070707) or Kolkata Police toll free no (1073). The Command Centre is staffed by Call Receivers and Ambulance Dispatchers. Ambulance movements are tracked through GPS, with simultaneous monitoring by Kolkata Police Control Room and the Command Centre. A database of all Kolkata hospitals has been established so that patients can be taken to the nearest hospital, which can, subsequently, take care of the patient.
KARMA is another feather in the cap of Kolkata Police, which is keeping alive its “We Care, For You” promise to the citizens of the city! And Medica is proud to be associated with the noble venture.
On 14th November, 2011 Medica had organised a host of activities celebrating Children’s Day. Apart from announcing a Child Health check-up package offered at a hugely discounted rate (free-of-cost for the first 100 registrants), free consultations were given to children in various areas including juvenile diabetes, physical deformity, heart problems, obesity check and Paediatrician’s consultation.
Medica had also organised a ‘Healthy Baby Contest’ for our little friends and a ‘How good a mom are you?’ contest for the young mothers. The response was overwhelming with around 20 tiny participants keeping the organisers on their feet with their antics. Our in-house panel of judges including HOD, Paediatrics, Dr. Ashok Mittal, Sr Gynaecologist Dr. Chandrima Dasgupta and Sister-in-charge Sister Anita Stone had a tough time deciding on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd spots as, they said, “Every one of them is a winner.” The well-informed moms also passed the small test organised for them with flying colours. The most touching moment of the show was when two young moms shared the trauma they went through when their children were born with critical problems and had to be admitted in the neonatal ICU. They expressed their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mittal and his team of nurses and assistant for not only making it possible for their little ones to be normal again, but also for the love and support received in their hour of need.
The day was indeed one that will go into the Medica album as a very special day.
Medica commemorated World Heart Day on 29th September, 2011 with a host of offers for patients and various awareness activities around town, including free camps.
At the hospital free cardiac consultation was offered to patients on the 29th along with a specially discounted cardiac check-up package. Medica also announced a special offer on cardiac procedures like Angiography, Angioplasty and Bypass Surgery where the registrant got the benefit of free bed and doctor’s charges over a period of one year.
A week-long awareness campaign was carried out at various junctures in the city, in collaboration with the Hindi Business Line newspaper, where ‘Healthy Heart’ tips were given to passersby. Free cardiac check-up camps were held at various parks in Kolkata for the benefit of morning walkers over a period of three days. This venture was supported by Times of India.
On 29th a procession of Medicans took to the EM Bypass with banners and placards extolling the virtues of healthy living, healthy eating and regular exercise in keeping the heart fit. The more than 100-strong procession included doctors and administrative staff of Medica and was also joined by some visitors and friends of the hospital, making it a memorable event.
Medica's Department of Anaesthesiology hosted the "Workshop on Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)" organized by Indian Society of Anaesthesiology (ISA), West Bengal Chapter on 23rd September, 2011. The worshop was a great success with about 50 participants attending the informative lectures and hands-on training programme in the day-long worshop organised at Medica.
Medica Superspecialty Hospital, in association with Ruchi Realty and West Bengal State Council of Sports, had organised an ultramarathon in Kolkata on the 4th & 5th December. India’s leading ultramarathoner Arun Bhardwaj ran non-stop for 24 hours, covering 186 km in the city, bettering his previous best of 161 km. His attempt made it to the Limca Book of Records.
The run, called "Ruchi Realty presents Medica Run with Arun", was flagged off by Hon’ble Minister of Sunderban Affairs and Sports & Youth Services, West Bengal, from Khudiram Anushilan Kendra on 4th December at 2.30pm and ended at Medica Superspecialty Hospital on 5th December.
Arun Bhardwaj is a 41-year-old government servant. Born in the small village of Baghpath in UP, he spent most of his childhood in Meerut. Stalked by Malaria since early childhood and having to undergo repeated surgery for removal of a tumour, Arun, however, was determined to do something exceptional, to leave a legacy for his daughter that she could be proud of. He began running when he was 17 and by 20 was covering 6km in 20 minutes. Since then Arun has developed into an ultramarathoner, with the Bhagwad Gita helping him build on his mental endurance.
Arun Bhardwaj has participated in a number of national and international ultramarathon races and won accolades both in India and abroad. Recently, he has been invited to participate in the Badwater marathon 2011, held annually in California. Touted as the ‘toughest race in the world’, this run covers 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, in temperatures up to 130F (55c). It is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. This legendary event pits 90 of the world's toughest athletes against one another and the elements. Participation in this race is by invitation only.
The run in Kolkata was organised to salute the grit and determination of Arun that has got him so far and to help him with funds to enable him to participate in the Badwater Race. It was Medica’s attempt to stand by its philosophy to promote fitness through sports and a promise to stand by our athletes and sportsmen.
Joined by hundreds of sports lovers at various points during his run, Arun crossed the hospital’s threshold to great cheers and the strains of a song specially composed for the occasion by Rupam Islam of Bangla rock band Fossils to lyrics by national award winning lyricist Srijato. To welcome him and salute his spirit and stamina were present a number of the city’s stalwarts from various fields. Shri Kanti Ganguly handed Arun a cheque of Rs 5 Lacs from the Sports Council.
Dedicating the month of November to arthritic patients, Medica Institute of Orthopaedic Sciences organised a series of activities aimed at making life a little easier for patients with joint pain. Free registration and consultation was offered to patients registering for a special scheme during the third week of November. The offer benefitted about 200 hundred patients who had registered for the scheme. A special package was also offered to patients requiring joint replacement surgery.
Medica Arthritis Walk
As a gesture of our solidarity with our patients who had undergone hip and knee replacement surgeries at Medica, a walk was organised with them at the hospital on 21st November. About 20 joint replacement patients were joined by some veteran sports personalities, friends, members of the Press and hospital staff in the afternoon on a walk from the EM Bypass to the hospital. Leading the walk and encouraging his patients was Dr. Vikash Kapoor, Director, MIOS, along with our Chairman, Dr. Alok Roy.
The veteran sportsmen who had joined the walk included ex-footballers Sukumar Samajpati and Chandan Banerjee of East Bengal, Mrityunjoy Banerjee of Mohan Bagan, Ashok Chatterjee who had played for both the clubs at different times and Sugata Tarafdar of Aryan Club.
The walk was followed by an informal get together at the conference hall. The patients spoke about their pre-surgery apprehensions and post-surgery relief and the vast improvement in their quality of life. They could interact with each other, their doctor and share their thoughts.
Kolkata Knee Course, 2010, was organised by the Medica Institute of Orthopaedic Sciences on the 27th and 28th of November at the hospital. The course, coordinated by Dr. Kapoor, was attended by eminent orthopaedicians from the city and outside and included lectures by stalwarts in this stream of medicine. Renowned doctors, Dr. Nishith Shah, Dr. John Mukhopadhyay and Dr. Ashok Rajgopal chaired the various sessions. Live surgery telecast was part of the course.
Medica Superspecialty Hospital’s department of Anaesthesiology and Critical care services organised a high quality workshop on Basic and Advance Airway for the Indian Society of Anaesthesia’s twentieth zonal conference (ISAJAC, 2010) on the October 3, 2010. It was held at the hospital’s conference hall.
The workshop was subdivided into five modules comprising of basic airway devices, basics of ventilation, airway ultrasound, percutaneous tracheostomy, cricothyroidectomy, supraglottic airway devices and difficult airway aids.
Every module comprised high quality tutorial imparted by eminent in-house and guest faculty. Extensive hands-on training was provided to the participants from all over eastern region on advance mannequin and rare advance airway devices.
The workshop concluded with an interesting, brain teasing quiz session and the winners were handsomely rewarded with books and audio visual aids from Karl Stroz difficult airway aids. The success of the workshop was the result of the combined herculean effort of the coordinators - Dr. Abhijit Paul (HOD Anaesthesia Services) and Dr. Arindam Kar (HOD Critical Care).
Medica Institute of Cardiac Sciences organised the hospital’s first Cardiology Convention on 11th September, 2010, at the hospital premises. The Convention focussed on Current Advances and Techniques in Cardiology and included live case demonstrations from the Cath Lab. The introductory session was chaired by renowned physician Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee. Attendees included doctors from all over eastern India.
Medica Synergie hosted the first 'Medica Awards: Excellence in Healthcare 2010' , at 7pm on Thursday 1st July 2010, on the occasion of Doctors Day, at Calcutta Club. This prestigious function was graced by His Excellency, the Governor of West Bengal Shri M.K. Narayanan. The programme began with an invocation dance by Sukalyan Bhattacharya and his entourage, an internationally acclaimed dance group. A short film on Dr. B.C. Roy set the mood for the awards ceremony that followed. The Chairman and Managing Director of Medica Synergie, Dr. Alok Roy, delivered the Welcome Address and spoke about the group’s commitment to bringing the best in healthcare to Kolkata at the cheapest rates possible.
The awards presentation followed an introduction to the awards made by Dr. Samir Banerjee, Director – Medical Governance, Medica Superspecialty Hospital. The awardees, all legends in their respective fields of medicine, included Prof. Sukumar Mukherjee (The Medica Award for Excellence in Mentoring & Teaching, 2010), Dr. Kanti Bhusan Baksi (The Medica Physicians Award of Excellence, 2010), Prof. Naba Kishore Pal (The Medica Distinguished Surgeons Award, 2010), Prof. Sailendra Bhattacharyya (The Medica Recognition Award for a Doctor for Outstanding Community Service, 2010) and Prof. Tarun Banerjee (Medica Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010).
Each awardee was welcomed on to the dais by Dr. Alok Roy with a bouquet, followed by an Uttoriyo, a citation and a plaque from His Excellency the Governor. The distinguished awardees were invited to speak and each one of them was overwhelmed with the recognition bestowed on them and thanked Medica for the honour.
His Excellency the Governor of West Bengal, Shri M.K. Narayanan, expressed his pleasure at being a part of such an occasion.
The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Dr. Alexander Kuruvilla.
To celebrate the occasion, various activities were held, which included a tree plantation ceremony inside the hospital premises. The hospital’s Chairman, Dr. Alok Roy, planted some saplings in front of the temple, along with the well known footballer, Mr. Baichung Bhutia, and designer Ms. Agnimitra Paul.
The day started with planting trees down the boulevard in front of Medica, leading down to the EM Bypass. The planted trees will be maintained by Medica. A team of Medicans distributed saplings and leaflets with environment conservation related messages, as a goodwill gesture from the hospital to 100 families in the immediate vicinity of the hospital, including Mukundapur, Survey Park, Patuli and Ajaynagar.
The 500-bed Medica Superspecialty Hospital, one of the largest in eastern India, was formally inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on April 14, 2010 at 6.30pm.
The inauguration ceremony was also graced by the Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal, Shri Surjya Kanta Mishra, the Hon’ble Minister of Land and Land Reforms, Government of West Bengal, Shri Abdur Rezzak Molla, the Hon’ble Minister-in-charge of Sports and Youth & Sundarban Affairs, Government of West Bengal, Shri Kanti Ganguly, and Chairman Borough XII, KMC, Shri Swapan Roy.