Dr. Prem Nair
The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Cochin, Kerala, India was established in 1998 to provide affordable medical care in a patient friendly atmosphere and in a spirit of compassion previously beyond the reach of the common man. Since opening its doors in 1998, Amrita Hospital, our 1,300 bed tertiary care hospital has provided more than four billion rupees worth of charitable medical care; more than three million patients received completely free treatment. Amrita Hospital provides dedicated patient care and endeavours to improve its services on a constant, ongoing basis. The mix of activities include:
A free drug bank is functioning on the hospital campus where patients who cannot afford to purchase the medicines prescribed to them are supplied with their drugs totally free of cost. This all amounts to approximately 73 crore (730 million) rupees in charity towards healthcare services alone. Since the inauguration of Amrita Hospital, we have made remarkable progress. This has only been possible through the extraordinary help and cooperation that we have received from the Kerala Government, the Government of India, and the dedication of the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals of this institution.
The most significant element in the establishment of Amrita Hospital is the compassion of AMMA, whose vision and constant encouragement were the inspiration to create this facility with the one objective of relieving the suffering of individuals and their families who suffer with them. AMMA’s life of selfless service has helped so many, not only through curing physical illness, but also by bringing hope, clarity and peace of mind.
Amrita Hospital was founded on the highest principles with an emphasis on compassionate service to people, charity, and excellence through education. The blending of these vital ingredients with competence and compassion is an extension of the vision and inspiration of our founder, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, from whom we all draw our strength and dedication and whose life exemplifies these high principles in every action. The revolution in medicine currently underway is an outgrowth of the Human Genome Project. It will profoundly enhance our understanding of disease and transform the practice of medicine. But this progress has made new demands on the country’s medical educational system and the investment in medical technology required to train the new generation of doctors who are the future of India’s healthcare system. We firmly believe that this institution is ideally suited to meet these new challenges. Amrita Hospital’s commitment to be a centre of excellence both in medical training and the practice of medicine will well prepare our eager and talented young men and women to play a key role at the forefront of their chosen professions.
The nurturing of these values at the Amrita School of Medicine complements a fine technical education by enhancing skills with a unique understanding and compassion for those being treated. A commitment to the practice of medicine in its highest form is a lifelong commitment to humanity. The values of genuine caring and humble service will build both competence and character and provide joy through action, which will truly become a labor of love.
The management and faculty pledge full support in preparing our students and doctors to serve people in a way that honors this institution and this great country. But most importantly, hard work and dedication will be multiplied by the blessings of AMMA, whose sole purpose is service and the upliftment of the people of India and the world.