Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd on Thursday announced that it will set up a second brand of hospitals aimed at smaller towns and cities.

The company is planning to set up 25 hospitals in three years under the new brand with the objective of bringing affordable, quality healthcare to the masses of semi-urban India. Other details of the new brand were not disclosed.

This coincides with the hospital chain marking a decade since its first hospital (Mohali) started. To mark the occasion, the company said it will offer 10 free surgeries at each network hospital, adding up to 500 free surgeries a year.

Mother & child programme

It will also launch a nationwide “Mother & Child” programme for the poor under the aegis of the Fortis Foundation. This initiative will support Governmental efforts to improve infant and maternal mortality rates (IMR & MMR) and, specifically, increase societal awareness to alleviate the issues faced by the girl child, thereby contributing to an improvement in the overall girl child ratio.

Pan-India presence

Fortis also announced setting up 10 new hospitals or ventures in the next 10 weeks. The company now has 56-hospital healthcare chain spanning the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shivinder Mohan Singh, Managing Director, Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd, said, “We started our journey in 2001 with one hospital in Mohali and the vision of creating high quality leadership in the healthcare delivery domain. We could not have imagined then that, 10 years along the line, Fortis would grow to become a pan-India network.”

(This article was published on June 30, 2011)
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