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Sri Ramachandra Medical Center, Chennai

Built on 175 acres land, Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre (SRMC) in Chennai is a 900 bedded state-of-the-art, tertiary care multi-specialty Hospital. It was founded by Late NPV Ramaswamy Udayar in 1985. It is now functioning under the dynamic leadership of VR Venkataachalam, Managing Trustee of the Hospital and Chancellor of Sri Ramachandra university. Around 650 patients visit the Hospital daily.

Significant Achievements in the Last Year

The 12 bedded cardiac ICU and the 13 bedded neuro ICU were renovated and opened with fully equipped state-of-the-art facilities recently in the Hospital. The newly renovated Department of Radiology has approximately 20,000 square feet of space. The Department of Anesthesiology and the Department of Urology of the Hospital have obtained ISO certification.

New Initiatives

SRMC has introduced its ambulatory care center in Alwarpet and Thiruvanmiyur Chennai, which includes primary, specialty and preventive care, value-added services like 24 hrs pharmacy, physiotherapy, complementary and alternative medicine, corporate healthcare, home laboratory services, home visit by doctors and home delivery of medicines. The institute has a telemedicine facility that provides medical service and conducts continuing medical education programmes. Sri Ramachandra Stem Cell Transplant Center specialises in haematology/ haemato-oncology and stem-cell transplant. The eye bank is a newly added facility in the Opthalmology Department of the Hospital.

Adopting New Technology

"An experienced guest relations team works with international patients to ensure that they find a home away from home"

- Dr J Damodharan
Sri Ramachandra Medical Center

The Hospital is planning to implement Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) to enable easy access of images at the consultant's room in the next two months.

The Hospital boasts of a NABL accredited Central Clinical Hospital Laboratory spread over 9000 sq ft area, which complies with ISO 15189:2003 standards. The Hospital blood bank is the largest in Asia, spread over 10,000 sq ft and it works round-the-clock. A modern central research facility and animal laboratory are additional centres of excellence situated in the campus. An alliance with the prestigious Harvard Medical International is helping doctors and nurses to improve quality and patient safety.


The societal needs are demonstrated through programmes like 'Deenanandhini' which provides free treatment for poor patients and 'Arogyavarshini' which provides home care for the elderly. Under its 'Varumun Kappoom Thittam' (preventive healthcare scheme), the Hospital conducts routine free health check-up camps every month in different villages with the help of State Government organisations for the benefit of the rural people. Sri Ramachandra Cleft and Craniofacial Center of the Hospital operates with the support of Smile-Train Project (an American non-profit organisation), USA. Free orthognathic facial surgery for deserving cleft patients has been launched. In addition, SRMC runs a separate hospital called Sri Ramachandra Hospital in the same campus, which provides free healthcare services to the economically weaker sections of the society. The Hospital building has a dedicated three floors of outpatient services and five floors of inpatient services for economically poor patients. Over 3000 people walk in the OPD daily and 750 beds are allotted free treatment.


SRMC also serves international patients from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Mauritius, Seychelles, South-East Asia, East-Africa and the Middle-East. “An experienced guest relations team works with these patients to ensure that they find a home away from home,” Dr J Damodharan, Medical Director.

Long-term Vision

"SRMC believes that the quest for excellence is propelled by our founder's vision and strengthened by our team of medical and para-medical personnel who deliver consistent, quality healthcare with dedication," says Dr Damodharan.


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