New Delhi: Dr Ashok Seth, chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI), New Delhi, who recently received the award on behalf of FEHI for being judged as the ‘Best Single Specialty Hospital in Cardiology’ for the third year in succession at the India Healthcare Awards 2014, believes “the credit should go to patients who let us treat them”.
Speaking to India Medical Times, Dr Seth said, “I think it’s a great honour as it is one of the prestigious awards. We have been delivering highest level of cardiac care in the country and in the Asia-Pacific region. There is a lot of passion from whole of our team. It is almost like the excellent patient care, the ethics and compassion have become the foundation for most of our colleagues.”
“This award strengthens our commitment and makes us more responsible to continue to deliver the best medication and keep shinning as one of the foremost institutions in the cardiac care in the whole world,” he said.
Giving credit to the patients and the team work of Fortis Healthcare for the award, Dr Seth said, “Firstly, of course, I would give credit to heart patients who have their love, affection and they are the one who let us take care of them. Thus, love, affection, patience and faith of our patients are the things which keep us growing. Secondly, the team work, the team at Fortis has partnered with the highest level of nursing care that for a very long time some of the highest debated leaders in the country, in the field of cardiac care all get together with one single mission that is what served us each time to get this award and actually getting it (award) unprecedented third time in a row is always a feeling of humility rather than pride I would say.”
And as with recognition comes responsibilities, Dr Seth shared what is next in his ‘mission of excellence’. “In the coming years, you will see a major development in the science of heart disease specially heart failure. In treating during coronary disease, lots of people get heart attack. With the damaged heart the survival is getting very limited and we choose heart transplantation. But our next step is definitely going to be artificial hearts. Recently, we implanted an artificial heart (a type of left ventricular assist device) in a 29-year old man. So, we have also ventured into the area of ventricular assist devices. We would be very closely researching about the artificial heart as the donor organs are limited in the country. In research, we are trying to predict heart attacks. And I believe if we can predict heart attacks and if we could know that the person getting heart transplant could get a heart attack with certain investigations, then we can actually save a lot of disabilities and subsequent consequences.”
Talking about CritiNext, one of Fortis Healthcare’s most recognized revolutions in delivering quality healthcare at affordable prices to people in smaller cities and towns, Dr Seth said, “CritiNext has been one of the revolutions certainly for India as how healthcare can be delivered in a much cheaper manner with great expertise and to the same level of treatment as we provide our critical patients here. If we consider innovations, it is one of the finest innovations created and we are going to achieve in the coming years more such innovations which take quality healthcare delivery to common men in small towns. It is actually providing healthcare to the doorstep and therefore makes it quality care at a very low cost.”
by Rajni Pandey