Apollo Hospitals Group to organize conclave to mark International Nurses Day

Top Quote Discussions will focus on areas such as education and communication in the nursing profession to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 04, 2012 - To recognize and appreciate the crucial role played by nurses in healthcare, the Apollo Group of Hospitals will organize a conclave on 10th May 2012, followed by two days of leadership summit, at Apollo Hospitals Bangalore to mark International Nurses Day on 12th May. Dr E. V. Ramana Reddy, Secretary - Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka will be the chief guest for this conclave, which is based upon the theme: 'Caring with Confidence - Building People'. The keynote address will be delivered by Ms Sangita Reddy, Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.

    "A broader outlook towards quality healthcare is imperative to improve care-giving standards in India. As nurses play a vital role in providing healthcare for the ill, greater focus is required to nurture their talents and care-giving abilities. The 3rd nursing conclave will provide an opportunity for doctors, academicians, policy makers and researchers to discuss, deliberate as well as exchange ideas, policies and advancements in healthcare," Ms Sangita Reddy said.

    Dr (Ms) Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, and Capt. Usha Banerjee, Group Director - Nursing, Apollo Hospitals Group will also be present. Crucial topics such as participation and collaboration, the hurdles in quality healthcare, medical errors, nursing education and communication will be taken up during discussions and debates.

    Dr (Ms) Preetha Reddy said: "At Apollo, we understand the need to develop leadership skills in our nurses. Growth in the healthcare sector will not be possible if it is not driven by nurses who must realise their full potential and strengths in order to help eliminate illness. Challenges faced by nurses can be voiced at such gatherings that provide a platform and ample networking opportunities to better understand the problem areas in healthcare."

    Capt. Usha Banerjee said: "For generations, nurses have played a key role in providing health services to millions of patients the world over. Since a nurse's role is critical care for extremely ill patients who need constant monitoring, empathy for the suffering of others is indispensable. The theme of this conclave focuses on the basic concept of care, but with a strong emphasis on administering it with confidence. This will help in improving patient safety and clinical outcomes. A sound nursing education is therefore vital for such a challenging task. Health providers also need to take care of themselves to be able to provide the same to others."

    International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th May every year, which is the birth anniversary of legendary nurse Florence Nightingale - the founder of modern nursing - who exemplified the spirit of service.

    About Apollo Hospitals:
    In 1983, Dr Prathap C Reddy, the architect of Indian healthcare, launched the first corporate hospital in India, Apollo Hospitals Chennai. Over the years, Apollo Hospitals Group has grown to become Asia's foremost integrated healthcare organizations with over 8,500 beds across 54 hospitals, more than 1,200 pharmacies and over 60 primary care clinics. The Group also offers medical business process outsourcing services, health insurance services and clinical research divisions with a focus on epidemiological studies, stem cell research and genetic research. Apollo Hospitals institutionalized Quality across all its operations and 7 of the group's hospitals have been accredited by the Joint Commission International.

    To develop talent for the burgeoning need of superior healthcare delivery, Apollo Hospitals Group has 11 nursing colleges and programmes for hospital management and numerous endeavours for continuing medical education and clinical research. These achievements have earned Apollo Hospitals Group several accolades, including the Centre of Excellence from the Government of India. In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo's contribution, the first for a healthcare organization in India.

    Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan. For over 28 years now, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology.

    Apollo Hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals in India and globally for advanced medical services and research and has been honoured with the trust of over 20 million patients who came from 55 countries.

    For more information please visit www.apollohospitals.com

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