Sankara Nethralaya founded in 1978, by Dr. S. S. Badrinath, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, as a not-for-profit institution serving the community, has been the foremost symbol of Ophthalmology in India. Our institution completed 43 years of service to the community on 6th September 2021.
To our great happiness, Honourable Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Thiru M. K. Stalin, agreed to dedicate Sankara Nethralaya’s latest note-worthy projects to the nation. The dedication ceremony took place in a simple virtual program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our 43rd Foundation Day celebrations on 6th September 2021 too were muted due to the pandemic. Esteemed Thiru M. K. Stalin inaugurated Sankara Nethralaya R A Puram and Sankara Nethralaya Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Center (JCOC) facilities at 9:00 am with the click of a button. Mr. G. Ramachandran, Honorary Secretary & Treasurer, Dr. Girish S. Rao, President, Medical Research Foundation, Dr. T. S. Surendran, Vice Chairman, and Mr. Suresh Kumar, General Manager, Operations were present to witness the auspicious occassion.
Dr. T. S. Surendran honoured the Chief Minister with a “Ponnadai” or silk shawl while Mr. G. Ramachandran presented a copy of Insight – an account of Sankara Nethralaya’s Passion for Compassion, to him. Dr. Girish S. Rao presented a cheque of Rs. 10 lakhs as a contribution to the Tamilnadu Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund. This modest contribution was made in grateful acknowledgement of the unparalleled relief work conducted by the Honourable Chief Minister, M. K. Stalin and the Government of Tamilnadu during the Coronavirus pandemic
The Chief Minister was given a short presentation of both R. A. Puram and JCOC eye care facilities, and voiced his approval of the amenities provided for the underprivileged in the community.
Sankara Nethralaya JCOC is the dedicated community ophthalmic centre for the convenience of rural communities. This well-equipped facility provides world- class eye care to the indigent in the community and features 100 beds, expandable to 75 beds, with 8 operating theatres.
The SN R. A. Puram facility is spread out over 6,000 sqft, and is equipped with a state-of-the-art operation theatre (OT) equipped for advanced technology cataract surgery. The branch is an ambulatory care facility offering the same quality of service as our apex facility in a cosy setting to our patients closer to their homes in Raja Annamailapuram and Adyar.