On its 25th anniversary in Hyderabad (the group, headquartered in Chennai, has completed 30 years) the Group Founder and Chairman, Dr Prathap C Reddy said the University of Rochester Medical Centre (URMC) will work with Apollo Hospitals in areas of Clinical Care, Education and Research across multiple specialties which include Gastroenterology, Emergency Medicine and Neurosciences.
Medical education will be the primary focus in the initial phase of collaboration. The two intend to exchange faculty and trainees, engage in joint research studies, and develop shared approaches to patient care.
Dr. Reddy also announced the launch of a program called ""Healthy Schools"" to screen school children. The program includes a health check, maintenance of health records, and health education. A fifty thousand worth treatment will be provided for accidents (students and parents).
The program is being offered at Rs 200 per student per year. Schools that implement it will receive the ""healthy schools"" branding. If students are unable to afford this program, Apollo Hospitals will arrange donors to support them financially. According to Reddy, the ""goal is to have a million school children enrolled in this program in a year.""
In Hyderabad, Apollo began with a 150 bed hospital on August 12, 1988. It now offers 650 beds. Overall, Apollo Hospitals today has around 8400 beds and hopes to cross 10,000 by the end of 2014.