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Odisha’s 1st comprehensive “Heart and Lung Transplant Program”

Bhubaneswar: CARE Hospitals, Bhubaneswar launched Odisha’s first comprehensive “Heart and Lung Transplant Program” on Friday 20th September 2019 at Bhubaneswar. This program was supported by world renowned Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeon Dr. KR Balakrishnan. Shree Naba Kishore Das Hon’ble Minister – Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha graced the occasion in the presence of Dr. M. P. Tripaty Medical Director, Mrs. Gurrit Kaur Sethi, Hospital Chief Operating Officer (HCOO), Care Hospitals Bhubaneswar and Dr. Raajiv Singhal, CEO CARE Hospitals, Managing Director Evercare group.

Dr. KR Balakrishnan is credited for having performed India’s first LVAD & HVAD pump implants. He has performed more than 306 heart transplants over a period of 9 years and 102 heart transplants including 29 pediatric heart transplants last year. This was the 3rd highest in the world. He has also performed over 52 LVAD & more than 30 Lung Transplants.
Under the supervision of Dr. K. R. Balakrishnan and Ms. Chitra, ‘Aishwarya Trust’ has performed over 1000 free congenital heart surgeries for under privileged children of which 100 are heart transplants.

Sharing his thoughts on this occasion Shree Naba Kishore Das Hon’ble Minister – Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha, said “I am delighted to be a part of the launch of CARE Hospital’s “Heart and Lung Transplant Program”. Also our endeavour is to bring the best of healthcare talent for the citizens of Odisha and for this we are happy to welcome Dr KR Balakrishnan to our state. This department will bring to the people of Odisha a medically advanced treatment centre and make the battle against Heart diseases less formidable and less stressful.” “CARE Hospital’s efforts in promoting organ donation should be applauded” he added.

Dr. K R Balakrishnan, Director Heart Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support, CARE Group of Hospitals said “CARE Hospitals has been successful in establishing the largest Heart Transplant program in India as well as introducing new technologies like mechanical circulatory support including Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD) and ECMO pumps for immediate resuscitation of sick cardiac patients and ECPR for resuscitating patients from cardiac arrest. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care to every patient, utilizing our interdisciplinary approach, enormous talent and the multi-skilled resources within our team.”

Dr. Raajiv Singhal, Group CEO CARE Hospitals, Managing Director Evercare group, said “Our aim as a healthcare provider is to ensure that we fulfil the need of the hour of every territory we are present in. This department has been launched to address Odisha’s need for a cutting-edge & medically superior centre for Heart and Lung Transplants. To lead this department, we have brought world renowned transplant expert Dr. K R Balakrishnan, along with his team, ensuring the very best talent for the people of Odisha.”

Hospital Chief Operating Officer (HCOO), Care Hospitals Bhubaneswar, Mrs. Gurrit Kaur Sethi said “Advances in medicine have made heart transplants safer and more accessible. With this program we will be able to manage cases even at the end-stage of heart failure. Dr KR Balakrishnan has done pioneering work in this field and has performed the largest number of successful heart transplants in the entire country. We are honoured to welcome him to our city. I am sure this department will benefit many of our patients who will no longer have to seek treatment abroad or outside the state for treatment of heart failure / heart transplants.”

CARE Hospitals has been recognised as one of India’s top 5 leading hospital chains. CARE Hospitals has been working consistently & diligently to bring AAA+ (Accountable, Accessible & Affordable) healthcare to every Indian. This program has been carefully designed to do just that. Through this super-specialty program, CARE Hospitals aims to bridge the current gap of medical expertise, advanced infrastructure and cutting-edge technology required for Heart & Lung Transplants for the entire state of Odisha.

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