Private healthcare player Fortis Healthcare has launched a modern 260-bed greenfield hospital in Ludhiana. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, inaugurated the multi super-speciality facility.

At a separate ceremony, Badal also laid the foundation stone for Fortis La Femme, another greenfield facility that is to come up in the city by 2016. Located on the Mall Road, this will be a 100-bed centre for women, dedicated to meet their medical needs through various stages of their life.

Fortis has committed investments for creating a capacity of over 1,000 beds in Punjab. These include the newly commissioned hospital in Ludhiana, existing facilities in Mohali and Amritsar, the soon-to-be launched Fortis Cancer Institute in Mohali, and the Fortis La Femme project in Ludhiana.

Malvinder Mohan Singh and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Chairman and Executive Vice-Chairman, Fortis Healthcare, said Fortis began its journey with the first hospital in Mohali. “Access to healthcare remains a challenge and we are committed to improving the quality of healthcare by expanding our footprint further,” Singh said.

The incidence of cancer is on the rise. It is estimated that there are around 90 cancer patients for a population of 1 lakh in Punjab, which is higher than the national average.

To address the growing need for specialised and quality medical care to treat cancer, Fortis Ludhiana has set up a centre of excellence in oncology, catering to medical, surgical and radiation therapy.

A team of specialists, a dedicated day-care ward for medical chemotherapy patients, and 24x7 critical care services for critically ill cancer patients are among its offerings.