The late Dr E.M.S. Edirisinghe, founder of Oasis Hospital, had a vision to offer the people an affordable and dependable healthcare and after his demise his wife K.M. Edirisinghe, who is now the chairperson, has taken up the reins to follow the footsteps of her husband.
When asked what does affordability means, Ms Edirisinghe said that their services would ‘preferably be lower’ than other medical centres. She was speaking at a press briefing held to announce the collaboration of Oasis Hospital with Fortis Malar Hospitals Ltd, a subsidy of Fortis Healthcare Ltd, India to take over the operations and management of the Cardiac Centre of Oasis Hospital.
On the sidelines of the briefing, Ms Edirisinghe explained to the Business Times the affordable of the healthcare services at Oasis. The hospital is presently a 170-bed facility and the plan is to provide tertiary level treatment and care in cardiology and cardiac surgery with the support of Fortis Malar. She said the Fortis Oasis Cardiac Centre will be one of the best cardiac centres in Sri Lanka and the hospital have cardiologists and cardiac surgeons from Sri Lanka as well as from India.
Krish Ramesh, Zonal Director, Fortis Healthcare Ltd in answer to a query said that there are many talented competent cardiologists in Sri Lanka and their services would be obtained and any shortfall of specialties would be imported from India. He said that it is a 50 – 50 partnership.
Dr Prasard Maduwatte, Chief Executive/Medical Officer, Oasis told Business Times that the hospital would ensure dependability and said that already five doctors are working there permanently while more would be recruited.
In the case of affordability he said they have very economical room rates with rooms as low as Rs 700 (per day). He said that 10 beds are set aside for the treatment of deserving poor people, free of charge. Well-equipped air-conditioned rooms are also offered at comparatively low rates.
Ms Edirisinghe said her husband had another vision to establish a medical faculty and had been working on it but the project was shelved as there were some issues.