Dr DS Rana, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has been re-elected as the Chairman, Board of Management. M Neelam Kachhap speaks with him about his plans for the hospital
You have been re-elected as the Chairman of SGRH for a second consecutive term. How do you feel?
Certainly I feel elated. I am grateful to Sir Ganga Ram Trust Society for reposing faith in me and recognising my contribution. I most humbly accept this as god given opportunity to serve this great institution, which I always call as ‘Peoples Own Hospital’.
What does it mean to be the Chairman of SGRH?
It is an honourable position. But of course, it carries a huge responsibility not only to maintain the flagship of the hospital but also carry it forward to the higher level.
What challenges do you face in this position and how do you overcome it?
Serving as the Chairman, Board of Management in an honorary capacity is my great privilege. This has not only given me a chance to serve this great hospital, but also has given me name and fame in the field of nephrology over the last 35 years. I have been performing this job with honesty, sincerity, integrity and passion as well. However, I still maintain my passion as a nephrologist to serve my patients and do clinical job for four to six hours daily. For this dual job, proper time management and family support are very important. I am fortunate to have unconditional support of my wife and kids.
What have been the major achievements in your first term?
Medical education is very close to my heart and my first task was to create Ganga Ram Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GRIPMER) to consolidate all teaching, education and research activities under one umbrella. We feel proud that we have created an excellent medical and para-medical manpower to serve the nation. We are the largest hospital of the National Board of Examination to provide post-graduate training in 42 disciplines. We also maintain a top position in bringing out the maximum number of research papers in peer review journals.
During the last five years, a huge world-class renovation activity has been undertaken to modernise old buildings and to provide a feel good factor of physical ambience. Besides this, we have maintained pioneership in acquiring the latest technology to help our able and experienced consultants, to provide excellent and ethical healthcare to all sections of the society, for which Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is known and recognised. We have also expanded our out-reach charitable activities.
Share some memorable moments you had during your tenure?
There were many memorable moments. However, during this period, I definitely remember the joyous moment when Sir Ganga Ram Trust Society unanimously inducted me as the Member of Sir Ganga Ram Trust Society , giving me the life time opportunity to be a part of Sir Ganga Ram Trust Society, which is engaged in selfless service for the betterment of mankind.
What message would you like to give to your colleagues and industry?
My doctor colleagues should serve their patients with passion and compassion adhering to medical and professional ethics. All of them should devote at least 10 per cent of their time daily in educating the relatives about the preventive aspects of disease. All major tertiary care hospitals in non-government sector should adopt small medical centres in rural India as their corporate social responsibility, especially in providing medical manpower so that majority of people living in villages can avail the services of the doctors working in tertiary-care hospitals situated mainly in bigger cities. I shall like to conclude with “ Love all, serve all, help ever, hurt never.”