SPS Apollo Hospital gets JCI (US) accredition

Chandigarh, May 30 | Updated: May 31 2007, 05:30am hrs
An initiative that can give a major fillip to medical tourism in the Northern region has proved been proved by SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana. It has become the first hospital in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and J&K to receive Joint Commission International (JCI), USA accreditation within two years of operations. JCI, the gold standard in healthcare, focuses on areas that directly impact patient safety and care. These include access to care, assessment of patients, infection control, patient and family rights and education.

Jugdiep Singh, executive director, SPS Apollo told FE, "Our hospital, built over 3,30,000 sq ft, had started its operations in 2005 and so far the project has entailed an investment of about Rs 150 crore. We had been focusing on the healthcare parameters so that we can pass through the stringent 1,300 parameters to achieve JCI accreditation. This accreditation would help boost medical tourism in the region as the patients coming from abroad can settle their medical claims only if the hospital is JCI accredited. And the accreditation assures them of the safety and infection control standards."

As per the information available, about 35-40 patients visit the hospital per month for various treatments, for joint replacements, cardiac surgery, cataract surgery etc. Further he added, "We provide transport and stay facilities for the patients coming from abroad and arriving in Amritsar . Also we facilitate meetings with their relatives staying nearby.