A paradigm shift in thought process that happened in 1996 provided the impetus to achieve quality healthcare by establishing a modest KLE Society Hospital in the regions of Northern Karanataka. This modest endeavour has now transformed into a premier 2200 – bedded KLES Dr Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Centre at Belgaum. The meticulously planned hospital that meets the 21st century needs crystallized in establishing the state-of-the-art facilities that cater to all disciplines of health sciences. The hospital has indeed, in a very short time, introduced several new services such as cardiology, cardiac surgery, lithotripsy, gamma camera, etc., thereby ensuring constant progress.
KLES Dr Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Centre has indeed proven the fact that a multispecialty hospital can be set up in a small town like Belgaum, thereby breaking the myth and monopoly of healthcare facilities generally concentrated in the metropolitan cities. The hospital envisages and yearns to provide the most comprehensive medical care for the entire region of North Karnataka through a world class facility that has constantly evolved and adapted to the current disease management systems. Therein ensuring the practice of healthcare is on par with national and international services.
Already a name to be reckoned in the healthcare arena, this hospital has been recognized by the Government of Goa for their ‘Medi-claim’ scheme and also approved for reimbursement of medical expenses for their service staff. Furthermore, a number of industries and institutions in Goa (such as Sesa Goa Ltd.), Maharashtra and Karnataka, approved this hospital for its employees and their dependents to have access to quality healthcare. Due to excellent success rate and treatment regimens followed, the ESI Hospitals in Dandeli and Goa send their patients to KLES hospital to avail the super-specialty facilities and associated services. It is expected that this trend would continue and more organisations in the geographical proximity would eventually associate with KLES hospital due to economical benefits that reflect from low-fee/charges.
The hospital set in a sprawling, picturesque 16-acre area along the Pune-Bangalore highway, presents a pleasant ambience with manicured lawns and gardens. These pleasant environs indeed keep the visiting patients at ease and prepare them to undergo treatment in a positive frame of mind. The interiors of the hospital too, are large, well ventilated spacious halls that host the reception and waiting areas. The wide corridors and a ergonomic design that ensures long daylight hours, providing a sense of warmth – a far cry from the usually found dingy, depressing hospital interiors which are generally an unpleasant encounter in most hospitals.
KLES Dr Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Centre, built at a cost of about 100 crores, is also a teaching hospital attached to the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC). As a consequence, the JNMC medical faculty are a part of the professional staff that augment the healthcare services and also synergise the hospital activities. Thus, the healthcare services in this hospital have strong fundamental medical knowledge and a perfect academic-professional blend. This is unlike the corporate hospitals that generally focus on mainly commercial returns rather than a service oriented commitment. In effect, this institution is a unique model that constantly strives for excellence and has resulted in setting standards for other institutions around the country to follow.
The hospital has all basic specialties such as General Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Dermatology, Chest Diseases, Psychiatry, etc. In addition to the overall infrastructural facilities for broad specialties, the hospital offers super-speciality services in the disciplines of Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Urology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neuro-Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Neonatology, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Diabetology, Geriatrics, Assisted Reproduction Centre.
The clinical services are comprehensively supported by the state-of the- art diagnostic and support facilities such as CT scan, ‘C’ Arm with Image Intensifier, 800 mA X-ray machine, various endoscopes, Ultrasonography, etc. A Gamma Camera is exclusively functioning for scanning thyroid gland, brain, bone and related studies. The diagnostic laboratories are equipped with auto-analysers, blood gas analysers, electrolyte analyzers and other modern machines for fast and accurate analysis of biological samples. The Hospital has modernized the Blood Bank by adding modern equipments worth approximately 80 lakhs and has obtained the status of ‘Regional Blood Bank’. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment is envisaged to be commissioned in the near future.