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Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, Madurai

Run by SR Trust, Madurai based Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre (MMHRC) is a 600 bedded facility that started functioning in 1990 with an aim to provide quality healthcare for all.

Significant Achievement in the Last Year

Dr Ramesh Arthanari, Senior Consultant, Surgical Gastro Enterology Department performed a key-hole surgery on a patient to remove a tumor weighing five kilograms. Dr TR Murali, a renowned Urologist of the Hospital has completed 25 thousand urological procedures. More than 2000 heart surgeries have been performed in the Hospital in the past four years by Dr AR Raghuram, Senior Consultant, Cardio Thoracic Surgeon.

New Initiatives

The Hospital has started to perform dialysis at patients' homes by the method of Continuous Ambulatory Peritonial Dialysis (CAPD). The Hospital performs 'beating heart surgery method’ without using heart-lung machine. The Hospital has also been performing endoscopic harvesting of blood vessels for open heart surgery since last year.

Adopting New Technologies

"Five peripheral health centres in Vellapatty, Sakkimangalam, Kadamalaikundu, Melur in semi-urban Madurai, are maintained by us"

- Dr S Gurushankar
Vice Chairman Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Centre, Madurai

The oncology department of the Hospital has added brachytherapy for cancer treatment, in addition to chemotherapy, oncologic surgery and radiation oncology. MMHRC has procured equipment like Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT).


'Kid Aid Foundation' scheme is launched by the Hospital for the benefit of school going children. 80 children will be undergoing free cardiac surgery under this scheme. It intends to do three free heart surgeries for children every month. The Hospital, in association with The Smile Train, USA has conducted more than 3800 free Surgery for cleft lip and palate for children. “Five peripheral health centrers in Vellapatty, Sakkimangalam, Kadamalaikundu, Melur in semi-urban Madurai, are maintained by MMHRC in collaboration with the village improvement committee —a committee comprising the village heads and Panchayat members,” says Dr S Gurushankar, Vice Chairman. Three CME programmes are conducted by the Hospital every month. It has tied up with 60 corporate companies and receives 8000 patients every year.

Patient Friendliness

The Hospital attracts patients from Srilanka, Dubai, UAE, Kenya and Maldives through medical tourism. About 500 patients from abroad have been treated in the last two years. The Hospital engages interpreters who assist the patient-doctor interaction.


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