Rotary Heartline is a programme which started in 2006 and is being implemented by Fortis Hospital Mohali in partnership with Rotary Club. Under this program, life-saving surgeries are performed on children 0 - 18 years, free of cost while the expenses are borne by Fortis Mohali and Rotary in the proportion of 3:1 respectively. About 5 cases are treated under this partnership every month. Till date more than 200 surgeries have been performed.
Chetna, meaning awakening, is an attempt to reach out to as many underprivileged girl children as possible and contribute towards ensuring that no girl is deprived of her basic rights to health, hygiene and nutrition and they do not succumb to diseases caused due to nutritional deficiencies. This project was initiated on September 24, 2006, by Fortis Hospital, Mohali and it endeavours to provide underprivileged girl children proactive support through health services, information and training programs including free Cardiac surgeries, health camps, free OPDs.
Last year, a health camp for the girls of Mauli Jagran was held in Sept 2010 through which, 200 young girls received health check. Also a special Chetna programme was organised on the ‘International Girl Child Day’ in which health check-ups for 40 orphan girls was done at the facility followed by an entertainment programme and lunch. Health talks were also given on hand hygiene and personal cleanliness. Employees of the facility collected clothes, books and stationary items and donated it to the identified girls.
A team of senior consultants from the network hospitals conduct free doorstep OPDs in association with local doctors, bringing specialist medical opinion to patients. This is beneficial for patients who cannot afford to travel long distances or require immediate medical attention. In this manner a large number of people in rural areas, suffering from serious illnesses, have been treated and have received medical attention from the best of Fortis doctors. In 2010-11, the Mohali Facility organized more than 500 OPDs by senior doctors/surgeons to remote areas and the venue was often the local hospitals/clinics/nursing homes. Here the experts connected with about 30000 patients from the remotest areas.
As a quality deliverer of Healthcare and being socially conscious, Fortis is using Telemedicine as a medium to reach out torural India to provide specialized healthcare services. In a number of these cases the treatment could have been carried out by the local doctor with advice from a specialist which is being provided by some of the Fortis network hospitals. The telemedicine project is supported by Fortis Charitable Trust and the target group is the rural population which doesn’t have access to quality medical care. 7 centres ( Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, Amethi; Community Health Centre, Kheralu and Becharji (Gujarat); Bombay Hospital, Haldwani (Uttarakhand), Shajahanpur (U.P),and Ijjat Nagar( U.P) ) are active and interact on a regular basis with Fortis hospital Noida. In the last year, a total of 43 sessions were held by Fortis Noida.
Health Check Camps are organised with support from Fortis Escorts Faridabad in various areas in Haryana which cater to the rural masses free of cost. Test conducted at the camps include weight and blood pressure, ECG (electrocardiography), echocardiography and distribution of free samples of medicines. Fortis Malar Hospital, has also conducted various health camps in Tamil Nadu. In 2010, 4000 people were covered in the Thirunelveli district comprising of 10 villages which has been adopted by India Cements Limited. 2,500 people were covered in the Virudachalam area and more such camps were conducted in different regions of the state catering to the rural region, free of cost.
This is a unique scheme under which the Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad and Jaipur offer discounts on the total bill amount to patients from rural areas taking high end treatment at the facility. This is aimed at making basic healthcare facilities accessible to those who find it difficult to approach the bigger towns for the want of money & resources.
In Jaipur, the program was conceived on 21st March 2009 and since then the facility has reached out to more than 24 different communities/ areas across Rajasthan. During these health check camps the basic investigative facilities like ECG, blood sugar, blood pressure monitoring, BMI have been provided to update the patient about his CVS status. Specialized consultant services by physician, pediatrician, gynecologist, cardiologist, ENT, surgical specialist etc. have been provided to the people free of cost. Subsidized treatment is also given to the patients referred to the hospital at Jaipur. In the last year, the facility held 13 outreach camps and 140000 people were impacted through these camps.
The Rotary Gift of Life project has partnered with Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi and around 5 surgeries per month are performed for economically weak children upto the age of 20 years, suffering from congenital heart disease.
Save a Life programme aims at providing quality medical care and treatment to underprivileged and socially deprived children below 18 years of age through Fortis Network Hospitals. The selection procedure for each beneficiary under this programme is based on criteria set up by a panel of medical, financial and legal experts to ensure that genuine cases are benefitted. Last year treatment of 14 children was sponsored by Fortis Foundation.
Fortis Escorts Hospital Jaipur held a comprehensive screening camp for 178 differently abled athletes of Special Olympics Bharat from 6 schools (Sri Nirmal Vivek School, Naya Savera Jaipur , Sweekar Special School , Milestone Special School, Mentally Retarded Home and Disha School). The camp involved screening for dentistry, ophthalmology, audiology and physical therapy. Sessions on diet counseling were also held.
A dental and eye check camp for 85 hearing impaired children and 19 teachers was held by Fortis Escorts Hospital Jaipur on 8th February 2013. These children were preparing for participation in the 6th All India Cultural Festival for the hearing impaired, which was organized by the Deaf Women Society in Jaipur on 9th and 10th February. The hospital also provided medical services during the festival for participating children from Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Rajasthan.
Each year, all the Fortis network hospitals organize several camps on different health concerns based on the need of a community. In FY 2010 -11, 943 camps were held across 8 states and 107010 people were covered through them.In FY 2011-12, 455 health check camps were held by Fortis Network Hospitals and 1.62 lakh people benefitted from them. Through these camps, the facilities use the opportunity to create awareness on different topics which help people take required measures to protect themselves from preventable diseases.
The common issues addressed through these camps are - Cardiac care, Neuro, Vaccination, Diabetes, Benign Prostate Hypertrophy, Gynae, Dental, Ortho, Ophthal, Pediatrics, Physiotherapy, Gen surgery, Internal medicine, Hypertension and general screening like Blood Sugar, B.P. etc.
Followed by the first comprehensive health screening camp for athletes of Special Olympics Bharat in Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh; Delhi, the second camp was held at Fortis Hospital Kangra; Himachal Pradesh for 70 athletes from 8th to 10th December 2012. The camp included screening in dentistry, ophthalmology and physical therapy.
This year in observance of “Week of the Deaf” (24th- 30th Sept 2012) Fortis Jaipur organized a free dental and eye check up for 577 school children of Seth Anandi Lal Poddar Institute of Deaf and Dumb. This government institute was established in 7th July 1975 for hearing impaired children and it caters to children from play school to 12th standard. Currently there are 582 children studying in the school, majority of them belonging to poor families of Jaipur and Rajasthan.
Fortis Foundation recently joined hands with Special Olympics Bharat (SO Bharat) as its Heath Partner. SO Bharat is a certified sports federation recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, as the National Federation for the Development of Sports for the Intellectually Disabled. It is accredited by Special Olympics International to conduct Special Olympics Programs in India by providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These activities give them opportunities to develop their physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
The partnership began with a free three day (23rd to 25th August 2012) comprehensive health screening camp for 60 athletes of SO Bharat at Fortis Shalimar Bagh. This was a preparatory health camp for athletes (having intellectual disability with a few of them also having hearing disability) selected for the World Winter Games scheduled to be held at PyeongChang, South Korea.
The camp at Shalimar Bagh facility provided screening for dentistry, ophthalmology, audiology and physical therapy. About 60 athletes from 17 states - Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and West Bengal were screened at this preparatory health camp.
Fortis Hospital Mohali has lived up to its commitment of conducting 10 free surgeries for the economically weaker sections of society to mark a decade of its functioning in Mohali. The intricate and complicated surgeries were conducted by a team of senior surgeons, technical and nursing staff of the hospital.
The patients from the economically weaker sections of society who benefitted from the free surgeries included Seva Ram, a juice seller of Bapu Dham on whom a complicated Bypass surgery was conducted; Kadir Khan, a poor ‘dholi’ from the Mauli Jagran slum who was operated for a life-saving double valve replacement surgery and repair of third valve; Promila, who was diagnosed with Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis and a very rare, intricate and life-saving procedure was conducted on her, among others. (The smile stories section has details of these 10 free surgeries)
Fortis Escorts Hospital Faridabad held a cardiac health checkup camp in association with Sarvajanik Samaj Kalyan Sangathan at Jawahar Colony Faridabad in April 2012. Screening for various cardiac ailments was done along with B.P and blood sugar monitoring. Over 150 people benefitted from this camp
Fortis Foundation in association with Fortis Hospital Noida and Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI) conducted a medical camp and checkup exclusively for people with Multiple Sclerosis*. The camp was held at Fortis Hospital Noida and specialist consultations were available in neurology, psychology, gynaecology, dietetics and physiotherapy. Around 90 people attended the camp including caregivers of the people with Multiple Sclerosis.
It was a unique opportunity for them to meet so many specialists all at one place. Not only did they have access to checkups by doctors but were also able to interact with them on a one to one basis without having to wait in long queues while facing extremely strenuous circumstances like bladder dysfunction, spasticity or fatigue to name a few.
*Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the Central Nervous System, affecting its functioning unexpectedly and repeatedly, resulting in devastating disabilities in young people in the prime of their lives. Multiple Sclerosis has various symptoms ranging from minor visual disturbance to total paralysis, due to which simplest everyday tasks can no longer be performed efficiently. MS has no proven cure, yet we also know that a life altering disease like MS can only be managed through some improvement in the ‘Quality of Life’ of the person with Multiple Sclerosis.
Fortis Hospitals have, over the years, always endeavoured to help such patients with the expertise of their specialist doctors.
Fortis doctors from different specialities conducted health check-up of around 600 women of all age groups (10 years-60 years ) in a health camp organised by Center for Social Research in Sangam Vihar, the biggest resettlement colony of South Delhi. With the assistance of the Directorate of Health Services, required medicines were also provided to these women. The camp created awareness on the importance of woman’s health as she has a vital role in maintaining health of her family and community. A talk on cleanliness and hygiene was also given by Dr Praween Kumar from Fortis La Femme.
Fortis Hospital Kangra observed the World Cancer Day on 4th Feb, 2012 by conducting a Free Cancer check-up camp at its premises. The facilities which were given to the patients included physical examination for Prostate, Cervical, Lung, Oral, and Breast cancers. Laboratory investigations such as CBC, Fluid and sputum cytology, PSA, FNAC, PAP Smear were also done on concessional rates. Pharmaceutical companies such as Ranbaxy, Ipca, Winmedicare, Elder, Meyer, Alembic and Mankind distributed free medicines to the needy patients. 26 patients were examined during this camp.
Fortis O.P Jindal Hospital and Research Centre( FOPJHRC ), Raigarh organized 3 outreach health check up camps in the month of February - in Kirodimal Nagar on 5th February, Antarang on 15th February and Putkapuri on 29th February. These populations have limited access to healthcare services and it gave them an opportunity to avail services of specialists in the field of cardiology, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, general medicine and gynaecology. Over 400 people benefitted from these camps.
Fortis Malar Hospital organised a screening camp for diabetes and hypertension for a community of Fishermen at Nochikuppam slum in Chennai. Both these diseases are termed ‘silent killers’ as initially they don’t show any symptoms but affect a variety of organs. Therefore identification of these diseases in the early stages is very important. About 80 people benefitted from the camp.
Fortis Malar Hospital organised a hypertension screening camp at Malligai Poo nagar as part of its community outreach program. An initial assessment by a doctor was followed by a measurement of the blood pressure. Height and weight to calculate the body mass index (BMI) was also measured. Out of 90 patients screened 13 patients were identified as hypertensive, 18 patients as obese and 27 patients overweight. Health education on prevention and treatment and follow up advice were given by Doctors.
Golden Age Club is a special effort by Fortis Foundation to express gratitude and appreciation towards our elders. As members of this exclusive club, senior citizens have the privilege of utilising world-class medical facilities at special concessions and discounts across a range of specialties at the Fortis Network Hospitals. Specialists, supported by the most modern facilities and a friendly, compassionate medical staff serve member patients with utmost care and reverence.
- Fortis S.L. Raheja Hospital organized a Diabetic Camp in January 2011 and also a Benign Prostate Hypertrophy Camp for Senior Citizens in February 2011
- Fortis Escorts Amritsar held a public lecture for Senior Citizens on Diabetes and Hypertension in March 2011. It also hosted a Round Table on Geriatric Care in March 2011.
- On World Kidney Day, Fortis Mohali organized a Health Talk on Dialysis and Kidneys for members of the Golden Age Club in March 2011.
- Fortis Escorts Hospital Jaipur held a Golden Age Club Meet on Arthritis in April 2010 and on International Day for the Old in October 2010 talks were held on Arthritis and Cataract.