Dr K G Alexander, chairman & managing director, Baby Memorial Hospital, on the hospital’s growth plans
The hospital started with 52 beds in 1987. How has the hospital expanded its services and bed strength over the years?
Baby Memorial Hospital (BMH) is a tribute to late KC Varghese (lovingly called ‘Baby’ by all), my father. In the year 1987, we made our modest beginning with 52 beds in a rented building. In 1988, we acquired the erstwhile Manapad Hospital which was a sick unit adding another 80 beds. In 1982, we acquired more land and started the construction of a 11-storey building with an area of 1.85 lakh square feet and thereby in different phases increased the bed strength to 480 beds in 1996. The new block was constructed in 2010 by adding another 320 beds- totaling to 800 beds including 16 ultra modern OTs and 13 ICUs.
In 2002, the hospital was ISO 9001 and 14001 certified and in the year 2007, BMH was accredited with NABH. To promote education, we have started academic institutions like School of Nursing in 1995, College of Nursing in 2002 and College of Allied Medical Sciences in the year 2012.
What is the vision guiding BMH? What is the USP of BMH?
Our vision is to provide affordable, accessible and quality healthcare for all. The novel initiative then marked a revolution in the healthcare segment in Kerala, thus symbolising an answer for the growing healthcare demands of the state. Being committed to care for three decades has meant a lot to us. It helped us to understand better on how to give patients more than care, through deeper understanding of their needs. We have thus combined the best of healthcare, commitment and personal attention to give the patients a unique healing experience. Adhering to ethical medical practices coupled with compassion, the hospital works together as a family that provides ambient environment for recuperation with its array of best in class technology, breadth of resources which comprises around 200 doctors and over 2000 nursing, paramedical and administrative staff.
To whom do you attribute your life’s success?
The person I have to thank the most for being a vital beacon in my life is my father. Back in 1987, particularly in North Kerala, there was no good hospital and that had prompted me to start a hospital with a simple mission to provide quality healthcare to the people of Malabar region, rather than people having to travel to neighbouring states to avail medical treatment.
I attribute our success to my tireless team of dedicated doctors and paramedics and all other staff members. I have been blessed with the love and respect that the people of Malabar have given me.
What lies ahead for the hospital in terms of expansion?
We are planning for further expansion at Calicut and looking at creating a pan Kerala presence in the form of super specialty hospitals and single specialty hospitals. We also have plans to set up polyclinics and hospitals in the GCC countries.