Indiandoctor4u//Officials today announced that DaVita Kidney Care, a global kidney care provider, and renowned city-based healthcare provider, Manipal Hospitals, will come together to provide world-class nephrology services to the citizens of Bengaluru.
With this partnership, patients will have seamless access to world-class dialysis centers run by DaVita and the panel of pre-eminent nephrologists from Manipal Hospitals. The partnership brings holistic care to dialysis patients that includes a high-quality dialysis programme and a team of acclaimed nephrologists, dialysis technicians, dieticians and psychologists to improve overall quality of life for patients.
In addition to the partnership announcement, groundwork was laid for three new, state-of-the-art dialysis units in Bengaluru. These new centers will be part of the continuum of care between the two entities.
DaVita Kidney Care is part of DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides integrated healthcare and renal care across 11 countries across the world at more than 2,225 locations. In India, DaVita operates 17 state-of-the-art dialysis and kidney care centers providing holistic care for acute to end stage renal disease patients.
Manipal Hospital Bangalore is amongst the top 10 multi-specialty hospitals in India. It has been ranked as the best hospital in the city of Bangalore for a record twelve consecutive years to date. At Manipal Hospitals, the focus is on “Quality” of clinical and non-clinical services and a strong belief in ensuring “Patient Delight”.
“Across the world, we aim to be the Provider, Partner & Employer of choice for dialysis and kidney care. Ultimately, with this partnership, we aim to bring together a team of highly experienced nephrologists with our high-quality dialysis services – a benefit for patients suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease in the city,” said Mr. Shriram Vijayakumar MD & CEO, DaVita Care India Pvt Ltd.
“This partnership is based on sound principles of patient centric care. As a nephrologist myself, I have been aware of DaVita’s expertise across the United States and around the world. At the Department of Nephrology at MHE, our greatest achievements have been around providing high-quality tertiary care in the realm of transplants and acute care. Thus, this is a partnership that complements the services of the two organizations”, said Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman, Manipal Hospitals. He further added, “With this partnership, patients from MHE will have access to their own nephrologists with out-patient consultation at DaVita and in turn, DaVita’s patients undergoing dialysis will have access to a world-class team of nephrologists and transplant surgeons.”
Also present at the signing was Dr. Mahesh Krishnan, International Chief Medical Officer at DaVita. “DaVita operates the largest number of 5-star rated dialysis centers, the highest rating one can achieve, as certified by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the U.S. The primary reason for that is our steadfast belief in pushing for highest quality. I am proud to say that our India centres closely follow the same policies and protocols as that of our U.S. centers,” said Dr. Krishnan.
A unique feature at DaVita has been the ‘Patient Scorecards’ that all patients receive monthly tracking success across vital parameters such as access, adequacy, anemia management, hemoglobin, bone management among others. Simply put, this means patients and their loved ones are able to track progress over time, resulting in fewer complications and higher quality of life on dialysis.
Dr. Vishwanath, HOD & Consultant, Nephrologist, Manipal Hospitals said, “At Manipal Hospitals, we strive to provide the most advanced specialty care for patients with chronic diseases through optimal use of technology and clinical expertise. Chronic kidney disease is emerging globally and rapidly increasing particularly in patients suffering from diabetes and hypertension. In India, too, diabetes and hypertension account for 40-60% of cases. Currently, 229 million people in the country have incidence of end stage kidney disease and need renal replacement therapy. With the rise of chronic kidney diseases and long-term dialysis requirements, this partnership is a step in a positive direction.”
“Our commitment to India is to build an organization centred around delivering the highest quality of life for patients”, said Mr. Atul Mathur, Executive Vice President of Global Operations at DaVita Healthcare Partners International.
Furthermore, every dialysis procedure begins with a ‘Zero Compromise’ approach to care and service delivery. From a strict policy of ‘no reuse tubing to tried and tested consumables, rigorous water quality monitoring, using the latest machines and strict infection control protocols, patients can see a marked difference in their outlook in just a few weeks. Another key part of this approach is the role of caregivers and doctors. The method they use to communicate outcome data to their patients via the simplified patient scorecard ensures transparent communication. This helps doctors create individualized care plans. DaVita’s commitment to quality and patient care has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as ‘India’s best Dialysis Provider’ at the India Healthcare Awards 2014-15.