In yet another thoughtful gesture the Sankara Nethralaya Women’s Auxiliary Trustees set up a much needed Utility shop at the Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Centre (JCOC) at Greams Road on 7th Dec 2013.
Inaugurating the Utility Shop Smt.Leelavathi, an erstwhile SWAN volunteer who served SWAN’s utility shop for over two decades from 1984 at the main hospital premises observed that it was indeed her pleasure to inaugurate the new facility, she reminisced the golden days when she picked up nuances of running a successful business venture, when there were hardly any outlets in and around the hospital catering to the needs of the patients or the doctors.
Honouring Smt.Leelavathi, Dr. Vasanthi Badrinath, SWAN Trustee and Director – Clinical Services said Smt.Leelavathi was both enthusiastic and diligent, qualities to be imbibed by everybody and thanked Col.Raghavan for putting up the Utility shop.
Smt.Surekha Mehta, SWAN Trustee promised that the utility shop would be a full fledged one equipped with a microwave oven and other gadgets soon.
Dr.Sripriya Krishnamoorthy, In-charge – JCOC expressed her happiness in inaugurating the utility shop that would serve the needs of doctors and patients alike.
Among those present were senior management members including Dr.SS Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Dr S.Bhaskaran, Chairman, Dr Kris Vasan, Managing Director, SWAN Vounteers Smt. Kausalya Appukutty, Smt. Mukul Rani Varshiney, Smt. Sita Mithal, Smt. Praveena Seth, Sri. Krishnamoorthy, a host of senior Consultants and employees.
Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba, a beacon of hope to mankind, a Spiritual Master and one steadfast in his commitment for the betterment of the society has held millions around the world captive by his unique teachings and service. The Bhagwan’s supreme teachings of one religion called “Love”, one caste called “Humanity”, one language called the “Language of the Heart” and one “Omnipresent God” have had universal acceptance.
A firm believer in the mantra ‘Manava Seva is Madhava Seva’ Bhagwan has been relentless in his pursuit of creating world class educational and professional institutions, health care centers particularly for the down trodden, drinking water supply to dry regions and promoting culture and heritage.
The much adored and venerated Bhagwan’s 88th Birthday was celebrated, on Saturday, 23rd November 2013 at the Sankara Nethralaya Main campus with religious fervour and devotion by Sai Devotees who extend voluntary services at the center and Staff members. Spirited chanting of Sai Kirtans and Bhajans were the highlight of the celebrations, the function concluded after Mangala Aarti and offering of prasadam to all gathered. The function also marked the honouring of Sathya Sai devotees for their exemplary service to society by Senior Consultants.
So Monday morning this week saw me making my way towards Shankar Netralaya (the best Eye Care Institute this side of the Suez Canal) to consult with the Glaucoma expert there . My surgeon here in Bombay , looking at my latest follow up reports suggested it might be a good thing do, looking at the pressure and whatever else it is that rings alarm bells if you have Glaucoma. And anyway I was going to Madras this weekend was I not?
Yes and so , after much weekend festivities and celebrations of my sister’s grandson’s first birthday , here I was on this bright morning , a brighter orange tag identifying me as a patient on my wrist. The man at the Enquiry Counter put away the green “Attendant” tag looking rather disapprovingly at unaccompanied me. I smiled convincingly; assuring him I would be fine and made my way towards the Registration Desk; my card, papers and paperback in hand. I knew there would be a long, long wait ahead.
CCHM Course – 5th Batch Participants with Padmabhushan Dr S S Badrinath
The event was conducted to present Certificates to the fifth batch of successful candidates of the “CERTIFICATE COURSE IN HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT(CCHM)”.
About 16 professionals serving in the Health care industry at various levels had enrolled in this course to hone their administrative and technical skills in the workplace.
12 weekend certificate program in Hospital Management conducted by the Sankara Nethralaya academy, an education wing Sankara Nethralaya & a unit of Medical Research Foundation passed out successfully on 23.11.2013
The participants of this course belonging to mid and senior level management positions from a broad spectrum of health care institutions ranging from single speciality to multi-specialty hospitals found the course to be of great relevance to their vocation in terms of enhancing their skill sets, equipping them to handle direct and related healthcare issues and to organize their departments much better.
While the course won overall praise for its holistic approach to hospital management, in-depth, wide and well researched content and professional levels of tutoring by the faculty, TSNA staff members won praise and admiration for their efforts in making the entire learning experience very pleasant and memorable.
On their successful completion of their course they had an interactive session with the founder & president of Sankara Nethralaya Academy Padma Bhusan Dr S S Badrinath and shared their experiences and received their certificates from him.
Mr A Mahalingam – The Program coordinator and Assistant Registrar of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy take this opportunity to wish the participants for their cooperation and successful completion and also thanked the candidates sponsored organization and highly commented about our dedicated management faculty members for their excellent support to run this course very successful and A Mahalingam also announced that the next batch of this program( 6th batch) to be commencing from January 18,2014.
The Hindu 27 November 2013
As an ophthalmic institution laying high importance on the preventive aspects of eye care as much as its curative aspects, Sankara Nethralaya has been in the forefront of creating awareness on the various facets of preventive eye care since its inception. Short films and events on the importance of eye donation and the massive Diabetic Retinopathy project conducted with monetary support from the Lions Club of Central Madras in the year 2003which benefitted a massive 150,000 people are cases in point of its emphasis on maintaining good vision and eye health through preventive measures. The diabetic retinopathy camp conducted in 2003 opened the people’s eyes to the disturbing fact that of the 26,519 diabetics screened an alarming 17.6% were suffering from varying stages of diabetic retinopathy, this made Sankara Nethralaya’s resolve to fight diabetic retinopathy even stronger. Hence it is little wonder that the institution decided to observe ‘World Diabetes Day’ in a manner befitting its importance and significance. Plans for the celebration started well in advance with the release of an awareness advertisement in ‘The Hindu’ and a note to the Press requesting them to cover the event and carry the message to the public at large.
While the entire 4th floor of the Sri Venugopal block was converted into a screening facility, staff members from various departments, SWAN (Sankara Nethralaya Women’s Auxiliary) volunteers Srimathi Surekha Mehta and Srimathi Kausalya Appukutty and Lion Harinarayanan a well wisher of the institution made themselves available at the spot to ensure the comfort of the visitors and quick and effective flow of processes. While the screening camp was organized by senior Consultants Dr. Tarun Sharma, Medical Director, Sankara Nethralaya and Director, Bhagwan Mahaveer Vitreo-retinal Services and Dr. Rajiv Raman from the vitreo-retinal department the testing of patients and counseling were carried out by them along with Dr.G.Suganeshwari, Senior Consultant from the Vitro-Retina department and Ms.A.Vijayalakshmi, Manager-Optometry with assistance from their team members. The high importance accorded to the screening camp could be gauged by the fact that none other than Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya turned up as the first visitor at the registration counter, he underwent every step of the screening process right from the registration to make sure in first hand that everything was in place and perfection, he also made enquiries to the waiting patients regarding their comfort and the service quality. Later Dr. S.Bhaskaran, Chairman and Dr.T.S.Surendran, Vice-Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya inspected the camp to ensure that everything was in place.
The patients who had turned up for screening were served sugar free beverages, biscuits and a diabetic lunch, cost free and counseled on diabetic retinopathy through a short film on the subject and awareness lectures by Dr Rajiv Raman and Dr Suganeshwari. Strong media support was accorded to the event by a live coverage of the same by Door Darshan Kendra which included interviews of Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Dr TS.Surendran, Vice-Chairman, Dr Rajiv Raman and Dr Suganeshwari, Sankara Nethralaya and Lion Harinarayanan from the Lions Club of Central Madras, who recalled the close association between Sankara Nethralaya and the Lions club of Central Madras and traced the monetary and moral support extended by the club to Sankara Nethralaya’s initiatives towards creating awareness and treating diabetic retinopathy right from 1998, the same was subsequently telecast on prime time in DD’s Podhigai channel in the ‘Arogya Bharatham’ programme on the19th of November 2013.
Dr Tarun Sharma – Medical Director of Sankara Nethralaya is honouring Total Quality Management Guru Dr T V Subramanian on the occasion of the Accreditation for Hospitals seminar on 15.11.2013
As an educational institution in the fore front of imparting knowledge and learning through teaching and training initiatives, topical seminars and sharing of best practices and the rich experience of more than 4 decades of health care delivery, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy conducted a high power seminar on ‘Accreditation for Hospitals’ a high priority area for health care providers.
The seminar was meant to educate and create awareness on the critical need for quality accreditation for health care institutions in an increasingly competitive healthcare marketplace and a highly demanding patient base, among health care managers, healthcare entrepreneurs currently operating their own health care institutions and individuals and corporate bodies planning to enter into this fast growing and high potential field.
The accreditation seminar covered the entire gamut of quality and work flow processes and practices both clinical and non-clinical, from minute details like employee educational credentials to installation of advanced equipment imperative for accreditation by prestigious certifying bodies both national and international.
Accreditation is a clear indication of the quality and capability and a stamp of high standard of hospitals in India; it is an indication of world class treatment to patients and would gradually boost Medical Tourism in India. It would bring in both the self-paying patients who choose hospitals on their own and the second category of patients who select hospitals through their agency or a third party, accreditation brings in the much needed credibility as it symbolizes quality, it helps in branding of the hospital, enhances hospital value and reliability making India truly a great Medical Tourism destination. A steady inflow of overseas patients translates to higher revenues for the health care institution and precious foreign exchange to the nation.
Delegates (Hospital Administrators, Doctors, Nurses, Quality Managers from various Private, Mission and Public sector hospitals from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala participated and gained and shared the knowledge in the field of Accreditation Process.
At the end of the seminar the delegates shared their learning experiences and feedback of this unique 2 days seminar. Participation certificates were distributed.
Vote of Thanks by the Seminar Organizing secretary and Assistant Registrar of Sankara Nethralaya Academy Shri A. Mahalingam, who utilized the opportunity to announce other important health care management courses / seminar conducted by the Sankara Nethralaya Academy, like Certificate Course in Hospital Management, seminar on Health Insurance and claim management,etc.
The third of the series of workshops on “Successful contact lens practice” relating to retaining existing customers and strengthening business with a cutting edge, amidst stiff competition was held on the 10th Nov 2013 at the Sri. V. D. Swami Auditorium. The day long program witnessed over 40 enthusiastic participants that included academicians, students and practicing optometrists.
Starting off the day after preliminary formalities, Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan, Head, Contact Lens Department, Sankara Nethralaya delivered a lecture on “Global trends in contact lens practice and what is it in India and the related legal aspects”. She traced the growth of contact lens practice over the years and clearly pointed the reasons for dropouts in contact lens wearers. Mr. Yeshwant Saoji of Saoji Eye care, Nagpur, inspired the audience with his two decades of successful multi specialty optometry practice. His presentation on upgrading facilities of existing practice with proven tips for successful venture was well received.
Mr. Amod S Gogate Associate Director, Professional Affairs at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, shared his immense experience on market dynamics of contact lens practice at a private Optometry, Ophthalmic and tertiary eye care set up. His meticulous market survey on potential contact lens wearers was very evident from the nuances of his lecture. He went on to observe that there was nothing more rewarding than building a ‘loyal customer base and nurturing them’, that could pave for increased business – in both quality and quantity.
Ms. Akila Ganesan, Senior General Manager, Sankara Nethralaya, elucidated various intricate strategies that could be adopted by Managers to run a successful contact lens practice in the highly competitive industry. Healthy debates by delegates on topics related to practitioner and patient choice of lens and lens care systems, market trends, methods to retain loyal customers who were prospective marketing agents turned to be the highlight of the day.
The day concluded with distribution of certificates to participants while they eagerly shared their feedback.
“Sankara Nethralaya strongly advocates all round development of an individual’s personality and I am indebted to my Alma Mater for the ideologies and knowledge imparted to me during my schooling at the Ramakrishna Mission High School” recalled Dr.SS. Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya in his welcome address at the Guest Lecture by revered Sri Gautamanandaji, President, the Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, at the Sri.V.D.Swami Auditorium on 6th Nov 2013.
Introducing the 84 year old agile, Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Dr. Badrinath said, the Sage joined the Ramakrishna Movement in 1951 with initial spiritual training under Swami Ranganathanandaji and was ordained as a monk in 1966 by Swami Vireshwaranandaji, the tenth President of the Order, he highlighted that the Swami had worked among the tribal and rural people of Arunachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for 20 years promoting value-based education and also served as the General and Executive Member of the Central Board of Secondary Education and the National Council for Educational Research and Training, New Delhi.
Addressing the packed gathering, Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj started off eloquently quoting Kenopanishad
यस्यामतम् तस्य मतम् मतम् यस्य न वेद स: |
अविज्ञातम् विजानताम् विज्ञातमविजानताम् ||
Which translates as
“If one thinks that “Supreme God Head” is beyond doctrine, he has a perspective of it;
He who thinks It is within (his) doctrine, does not know.
Wise men say they do not (fully) know. Unwise claim they know it well;”
Just as it is impossible for the camera with its limitations to capture the entire world by its click, nor a vessel to contain the Ocean, it was impossible to conceive the Infinite in terms of finite quoted the Swami, drawing simple yet profound examples to give the audience, a glimpse of the Infinite.
Vedas, Vedangas and the Upanishad innately elucidate that the God Head, could not be defined by the Sense organs or organs of perception, but felt by direct experience and becoming one with it.
Quoting profusely from Pathanjali’s Yoga Sutra and Swami Vivekananda on the concept of God as “Man’s inner hankering to find someone who is free beyond the laws of nature” the Swami drew excerpts from the Theory of re-incarnation, cause and effect and the laws of Karma that bound one and all.
He subtly capsuled the subject of the day “Is there God”; to the understanding of “Supreme Consciousness” and “Awareness” that propelled every simple move in this World and concluded his brilliant lecture saying “Human being is thus an abstract of God Himself”.
Following the lecture, the Swamiji blessed and presented the ‘Young Women Scientist award’ instituted by Smt. Sreerangamma N Narayana and Smt. Radhamani N Anantha Endowment to Ms.L Dhanurekha of the L&T Microbiology Department, the Ram Dhingra Educational Trust Awards to the wards of Sankara Nethralaya employees and recognition awards to the members involved in the Fast Track Cataract Surgery service project and the team responsible for customizing the donation appeal advertisements to be telecast in Zee TV – US, belonging to the Multimedia, Content and Web Development teams.
The function concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Sudha Mohan, Senior Manager, HR.
Ms Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen, ESO faculty was conferred with the prestigious “Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry” on October 26th, 2013. It is noteworthy that she is the First Indian optometrist to achieve this distinction in the Clinical category. The Elite School of Optometry and the entire Sankara Nethralaya family extend their hearty Congratulations to her for this significant achievement and take this opportunity to convey their best wishes for more such accomplishments and great success in all her academic endeavors!
Sankara Nethralaya Medical Research Foundation has organized South East Asia Glaucoma Interest Group Conference where the thought of retinal neuronal dysfunction through glaucoma was discussed. They also provided a future direction for glaucoma therapy by prevention or delay or reverse decay of the retinal ganglion cells and axons. The organizers found that results of genomics and proteomics will play a vital role in early detection of glaucoma. Stem cells may help restore vision in patients who have glaucoma, by repopulating or rescuing damaged cells. Stem cells can also be used for terminal stages of glaucoma. A few of our ophthalmologists are already working in stem cell therapy. Gene therapy approach is applicable to either lower the intra ocular pressure or protecting retinal ganglion cells. This approach could reprogram the target cells by transferring genetic material into them, so that they lower intra ocular pressure physiologically.