HEALTH: Devi Shetty health units at Salt Lake, Siliguri – a good opportunity for Darjeeling and expansion later into the hills ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH STAFF REPORTER
Calcutta, June 26: The Devi Shetty-led Narayana Hrudayalaya Group is planning to set up health facilities in the state, including a hospital in Salt Lake and a “health city” in Siliguri, the cardiac specialist said today.
The group, which runs the RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Calcutta, will set up an 800-bed multi-speciality hospital in Salt Lake’s Sector V and the 3,000-bed health city in Siliguri. Shetty also announced plans for setting up a training college for nurses and paramedical staff in Sonarpur on the southern fringes of the city.
“The Salt Lake unit is being set up in collaboration with Rotary Club, which has provided the land,” said Shetty, who was in the city to sign a memorandum of understanding with Westbank Hospital. Narayana Hrudayalaya will set up a cardio-thoracic unit at Westbank’s new hospital in Howrah’s Andul.
Narayana Hrudayalaya authorities said that though the Salt Lake unit would have multi-speciality facilities, cardiac treatment would be the main focus. “It should be operational within one-and-a-half years,” an official said.
“The health city in Siliguri will be spread over three acres,” said Kunal Sarkar, cardiac surgeon and vice-president of the RN Tagore Institute. In the health city, different speciality units will be located in separate buildings.
Shetty’s group has acquired 14 acres for the training college in Sonarpur.
Dr.Devi Shetty : He is originally from the erstwhile Mangalore – South Kanara District of Karnataka state in India (now divided into Mangalore and Udupi District).
After completing his graduate degree in Medicine and post-graduate work in General Surgery from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (Karnataka state), he trained in cardiac surgery at Guys Hospital in the United Kingdom.
He gained valuable experience in heart operations in the West Midlands rotation. He returned to India in 1989 and initially worked at B.M. Birla Hospital in Kolkata in Eastern India. After some time, he moved to Bangalore and started the Manipal Heart Foundation at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. He has many