Injustice to residual AP fuelled this doctor’s aspirations
Injustice to residual AP fuelled this doctor’s aspirations.Back in the 80s, Dr Pothina Ramesh Babu’s vision for making Vijayawada self-sufficient in advanced cardiac care had motivated him to establish Ramesh Hospitals in the heart of the city
Back in the 80s, Dr Pothina Ramesh Babu’s vision for making Vijayawada self-sufficient in advanced cardiac care had motivated him to establish Ramesh Hospitals in the heart of the city. Now, it is a famous landmark in the capital region. Heart patients across the State are referred to Ramesh Hospitals for advanced care. Now, the doctor avers that the injustice done to the State gave sparked in him the vision to bring advanced healthcare facilities to the capital region by way of setting up a new hospital.
In a candid talk with The Hans India, Dr Ramesh, who is all set to expand his base in Guntur with a 350-bed modern hospital, divulged about his future aspirations and the struggle he went through to achieve the pinnacle of success.“After completing my MD from AIIMS, New Delhi, I was offered posts in NIMS and other reputed medical institutes. After seeing my relatives and family friends going to Guntur and Chennai for heart treatment, I decided to set up a cardiac care centre in the city as I had always wanted to do something different than conform to the set pattern,” the doctor said.
Recollecting the earlier days of his struggle to win the trust of patients, he said, “There isn’t an elevator to success; one has to take the stairs. I had a tough time in the first two or three years. More than 300 members of the hospital are shareholders of the organisation, which is owned by them all. All of them are contributing to the steady progress of the hospital.”
The doctor was deeply hurt by the bifurcation of State. “The healthcare sector in the residual AP was the worst affected after bifurcation. The injustice done to the State has strengthened my resolve to offer quality cardiac care to the people. It has prompted us to come up with the project in Guntur. The outpatient wing at the new hospital will start functioning from March 15. In another month, it will function in a full-fledged manner. The medicare standards in the new hospital will be on par with that of advanced cardiac centres in Delhi and Mumbai,” the doctor said.
On the role of his family in his success story, Dr Ramesh said, “The support I got from my family all these years in successfully running the cardiac centre deserves a special mention. Sometimes I feel guilty for not being able to spend some quality time with my family. My family is my support. My medical and paramedical staff are the force behind me.”Dr Ramesh, who has the distinction of performing as many as 11,750 heart surgeries, including 9,500 angioplasty stents and 57,000 angiogram procedures, is confident of carrying out a heart transplantation at the new hospital next year.
By Ch Sowmya Sruthi