Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, world renowned cardiac surgeon, entrepreneur and President and Founder of Narayana Health, whose vision was to create Health City Cayman Islands, said he plans to further establish the internationally accredited specialty hospital as a premier medical education facility serving the Cayman Islands, the Caribbean in the sense of wide and other countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Since opening in 2014, Health City has provided advanced medical, surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic and care services – including many “firsts” in areas such as robotic navigation for joint replacements, installation of artificial hearts or left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs) or implantations (TAVIs), minimally invasive clot extraction for stroke and renal denervation – to patients of dozens of countries around the world. Health City also began construction on a new super-specialty hospital in Camana Bay, with the integrated cancer care aspect of the facility expected to be open by November 2022 and the remainder by the final quarter. 2023.
But the founder and chairman says providing high-quality medical care is only part of his vision.
“At some point we have to convert our whole Health City into an institute for medical education, nursing education, allied health education,” Dr Shetty said, addressing Health City staff during of a Founders Day event on May 7.
Through his program, Health City already offers a variety of educational opportunities for students in the Cayman Islands.
Says Dr. Shetty:
We have an obligation to the government and people of the Cayman Islands, who have gone out of their way to help us establish ourselves over the past eight years. To repay them, we will convert Health City into an institution for training Cayman Island students as dynamic future doctors, nurses and medical technicians with magic in their fingers.
Dr. Shetty has created a legacy of advocacy in medical education and professional development and has been recognized for his innovative vision, having promoted the use of technology in medical education long before COVID brought school into our living rooms.
“Unless we get into a non-traditional way of training medical specialists, unless we create a methodology for using technology to train people, this world will be in big trouble,” he said. he stated in a 2017 interview with Harvard Business Review.
The award-winning cardiac surgeon also pointed to the high standard of affordable medical training offered in the Caribbean as an ambitious alternative to what he calls “elitist” medical training offered in India and elsewhere.
“If you go to the Caribbean region, there are 35 medical colleges training fantastic doctors for the United States in a rented space of 50,000 square feet. Why are we spending Rs 400 crore? It’s ridiculous” , he said in a 2017 interview with the Indian. To express.
Dr Shetty told Indian Express:
Medical schools do not need 140 members to train a hundred students. In fact, 140 faculty members can run a medical school with 1,000 students. So while the whole world has changed, we have not. We have made medical education elitist. Children from poor families do not dream of becoming doctors. This will have enormous consequences. Most of the outstanding doctors around the world come from underprivileged backgrounds. They are kids with fire in their bellies, and they are ready to work for 24 hours to change the rules of the game. When children from wealthy families become doctors, they opt for radiology, dermatology and other such specialties. where they can go home at 5 o’clock.
Dr. Shetty’s plans to provide medical education within the context of Health City are central to his vision. In a meeting with the Harvard Business Review, he explained that medical facilities that double as teaching facilities provide a mutually beneficial service to young residents undergoing training, with cost advantages on both sides.
For example, the one-month Health City Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) offers high school and college students studying medicine/allied health, or on the education pathway. towards such studies, real-time exposure to the Health City model of high-quality, low-cost destination health care. The program also offers a $1,000 stipend to interns. the registration deadline for the program is May 30.
Since its inception, Health City has touched the lives of thousands of people in the Cayman Islands, providing care and treatment within the community through over 12,700 emergency surgeries and over 142,000 outpatient services.
As it celebrates its 8th anniversary, Health City celebrates its reputation for exceptional care and treatment, its many “firsts” and the training of future Cayman healthcare professionals.