November 28, 2008

MedPlus partners with Wockhardt Hospitals

MedPlus Healthcare Services, a community pharmacy chain, on Thursday announced a tie-up with Wockhardt Hospitals in order to improve the access for cardiac care services.

Through the partnership MedPlus Healthcare will offer affordable cardiac care to its customers, MedPlus Healthcare Services Founder and CEO, Dr Madhukar Gangadi told reporters here. "This is the first initiative wherein a community pharmacy has collabora ted with health care specialists to reach out to the common man," Gangadi said.

As per the agreement, Wockhardt's patients would get special privileges from MedPlus and similarly, MedPlus customers too will be offered Value added services at Wockhardt.

The service would be launched on December 1 from Hyderabad and will be initially available in Andhra Pradesh. The partnership with Wockhardt Hospitals would address cardiac care needs at two levels-preventive care and comprehensive non-invasive treatmen t services, Mr Gangadi said.

As a part of the initiative, MedPlus will establish special "Cardiac Zones" across MedPlus clinics, where cardiac specialists from Wockhardt Hospitals would be stationed to offer consultancy services for early diagnosis as well as for post-operative card iac care, he said.

At the preventive care level, MedPlus and Wockhardt Hospitals will reach Tier II and Tier III towns through 'Mobile Cardiac Care Screening Units', he said adding MedPlus would have 1,000 outlets by March 2009 from the present 600.

"It is the right time to join hands and do something for the community," Head Operations, Wockhardt Hospitals (Hyderabad), Sudhaker Jadhav said adding Wockhardt would have 30 super specialty hospitals across India by 2010.

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