The issues related to operating Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Institute of Medical Excellence (SMVDIME), which is being constructed at Kakriyal, near Katra, was discussed on Tuesday in the 54th meeting of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
Recognising the challenges relating to managing the operations of a big hospital, difficulties in the initial years, securing services of well qualified and experienced medical professionals in varied disciplines, the Board has decided to explore the possibility of the SMVDIME entering into a partnership with Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt Ltd, a well reputed Bangluru based healthcare chain that runs 27 well-known hospitals all over the country.
In the above context, governor NN Vohra has set up a committee under the chairmanship of SS Bloeria, member of the board, to identify and recommend a suitable partner for operating the SMVDIME on a long term basis. This committee recommended that the shrine board may negotiate a partnership with Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt Ltd.
To take this matter forward, the governor had, after extensive discussions in the Board, set up a sub-committee of eminent people.
At its meeting held on Tuesday, the board accepted the recommendations of the sub-committee, chaired by Dr Sreedharan, to enter into a long-term partnership with Narayana Hrudayalaya. The chief executive officer of the board, Dr MK Bhandari, has been authorised to progress the matter further, for early finalisation.
While discussing the need for better connectivity of the hospital with National Highway 1A (NH1A), the CEO informed the board that the four-laning of the NH1A between Jammu and Udhampur was going on at a brisk pace and time for commuting from Jammu to the hospital site would get considerably reduced in the coming months.
The Board reviewed all the matters related to the completion of the road between the hospital and NH1A (via the bridge over Jhajjar Nallah), which is being constructed by JKPCC.