Award Goes to Apollo
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
Apollo Hospitals an Indian Hospital chain that was founded in 1983 and has continued to grow until it has become one of the major healthcare provider it is today. Several of the Apollo hospitals were among the first in India to receive various international accreditations related to the healthcare industry. Once again, the Apollo hospital chain has gained international recognition with Apollo Proton Cancer Centre (APCC), the first Proton Therapy Centre in South Asia and the Middle East has been accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) which is a recognised global leader in health care accreditation. The Proton Therapy Centre is also the eighth hospital in the Apollo Hospitals Group to achieve this recognition.
The Joint Commission International accreditation is the gold standard given to organisations that practise and follow the highest international standards in order to provide world-class patient care and safety. This honour is given only after a team of expert medical professionals and healthcare administrators conduct stringent assessments in order to make sure all aspects of the tested facility are maintaining the highest standards of safety and care among other aspects and are making efforts for continuous improvement.
“Joint Commission International (JCI) commends Apollo Proton Care Centre for its commitment to meeting international quality standards and patient safety standards by earning JCI accreditation during the global pandemic” said Paula Wilson, President and CEO of JCI.
“This achievement was possible by utilising JCI’s virtual survey process, where surveys are conducted through the use of technology. This exemplifies how our virtual survey process supports physical distancing and other safety concerns while maintaining the same rigor as a JCI on-site survey”
Commenting on this great achievement, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals said, “The APCC was conceived to be among the best in the world and in keeping with this vision, we have the latest, state-of-the-art Proton Therapy machine with the best team of doctors handling various disciplines in Oncology to manage the centre.
It is a matter of pride that the top ten leading cancer care specialists are working with us and to ensure they can deliver the best of care to our patients, we have equipped them with advanced ultramodern medical technology to ensure our centre is a world class proton care centre”
Because of its highly skilled medical team and state-of-the-art facilities, the Apollo Proton Care Centre has already become a global destination for receiving treatment for cancer. Instead of using traditional radiation treatment for cancer, proton therapy uses a beam of protons (which are positively charged) in order to destroy cancer cells.
This method of treatment for cancer is more beneficial compared to regular radiation treatment for cancer because of the lower exposure of radiation on healthy cells, higher focus on cancerous cells while maintaining fewer and less severe side effects.
All of this means that patients have a higher rate of cancer survivorship with a lowered amount of danger to the patient because of the treatment itself.
The APCC introduced this new form of treatment for the first time in India and has now become a centre for comprehensive cancer care all under one roof. It is the first and only Proton care centre in South Asia and the Middle East. Even with such wonderful facilities available, the fight against cancer still wages on.
Awareness was raised that even though we are facing a global pandemic, non communicable diseases continue to be a major problem for society. We must all take care of our bodies and make sure we detect any such complications ahead of time. Even deadly threats to our health such as cancer can be cured if detected in its early stages. The medical team at the Apollo Proton Care Centre urged the public to stay healthy and ensure that everyone remained healthy and safe during these trying times.