Launch of Comprehensive Centre for Heart & Lung Transplant and ECMO Service

Monday, October 12, 2020

Launch of Comprehensive Centre for Heart & Lung Transplant and ECMO Service


Rela Hospital join hands with KIMS Hospitals for Comprehensive Centre of Excellence for Heart & Lung Transplant and ECMO Service

~ Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Dr Rela Hospital and KIMS Hospital ~

Dr Rela Institute & Medical Centre (RIMC), a Multi-Speciality Quaternary Care Hospital at Chrompet in Chennai, today signed a memorandum of understanding with Krishna Institute of Medical Science Hospital (KIMS Hospital, Hyderabad), to launch the Comprehensive Centre of Excellence for Heart and Lung Transplant to support patients with very complex and chronic heart and lung ailments and to establish and support ECMO services to support patients as a bridge for a lung transplant. Prof. Mohamed Rela, Chairman & Managing Director at Rela Hospital, and Dr Sandeep Attawar, Program Director & Chair in KIMS Institute of Heart & Lung Transplantation exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of Dr.Ilankumaran Kaliamoorthy, Chief Executive Officer, Rela Hospital.

The center under the leadership of Dr. Sandeep Attawar, will provide customized treatment for patients in need of heart and lung transplant with a multidisciplinary team of transplant pulmonologists, surgeons along with nurse coordinators, social workers, dietitians, pulmonary rehabilitation staff, and other specialists to provide comprehensive care and support. The ECMO (ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) services established at Rela hospital, is a highly sophisticated system which will take over the functioning of the heart and lungs until the patients get better, and their heart and lungs function organically.

Inaugurating the Service, Prof. Mohamed Rela, Chairman & Managing Director at Rela Hospital said, "Advances in medicine have made heart and lung transplants safer and a real option. Having delivered pioneering work in the field, I truly believe the Cardiac care team led by Dr. Sandeep Attawar from KIMS would deliver a highly specialized service. We are therefore pleased to institutionalize the program by setting up a specialized Centre of Excellence for Heart and Lung Transplant program at the facility. I am sure this center will benefit many of our patients”, added Prof.Rela

"Every program of such a complex nature needs the right ecosystem of a wide range of medical professionals, high-end technology, and a very responsive team-work culture. We have been able to build this in Chennai, thru Rela Hospital. We are fully ready to scale the program in a full-fledged manner now across India and offer patients, continuity of care. said Dr Sandeep Attawar, Director and Chair of the Heart and Lung Program, KIMS Hospital.

Briefing on the programme’s vision, Rela Hospital said the focus of the program is to stabilize patients as they await transplantation and provide medically, the most suitable options for patients. The programme has developed a customized approach towards improving the quality of life for patients and lowering mortality rates. 

Dr.Ilankumaran Kaliamoorthy, CEO at Rela Hospital said, "The majority of patients who can benefit from our advanced therapy are not fully aware of the facilities available in India. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of patient-centered care to many more patients, right here in India, utilizing our interdisciplinary approach, enormous talent, and the multi-skilled resources within our team. We have so far treated and discharged 2000 coVid patients. The ECMO services will definitely go a long way in providing better outcomes to CoVid patients"

We are thrilled to have Dr. Sandeep Attawar lead our efforts to develop a successful Heart &Lung transplant program here at Rela Hospital, Chennai. With their addition to our first-rate multidisciplinary team, we are well-positioned to make a major impact on India’s public health crisis in organ donation and transplantation, and drive discovery and innovation in the field of transplantation concluded Prof.Rela

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