A hat trick! Sankara wins the FICCI award third time in a row!
By bay area indian on 14 Sep 2011
We are thrilled to inform that Sankara Eye Care Institutions (SECI) has won the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Health Care Excellence Award for the third time in a row! The award was presented in a ceremony on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in New Delhi.
FICCI Health Care Excellence Award recognizes the contribution of health care providers in delivering quality health care to patients and increasing the reach in rural and remote areas.
This year FICCI adopted “innovation and sustainability in health care” as the main criteria for evaluating participants from across India. SECI won the award in the prestigious category “Addressing Industry Issues”, which looked at key concern areas such as taking eye care to the masses, implementing a successful public-private partnership model, reducing the cost of health care and enhancing the availability of talent through education and training. The finalists competing for the award were some established and well known hospitals like Apollo, Fortis, and two other corporate hospitals. SECI was unanimously chosen as a winner based on the strength of its structured and comprehensive preventive and curative community eye care program, supported by state-of-the-art base hospital services and logistical capability. The jury comprised of Former Chief Justice of India RC Lokati, Secretary
General of Quality Council of India Giridhar J Gyani, President of Public Health Foundation of India K Srinath Reddy, and Chairman and Managing Director of Astron Consultants Y P Bhatia.
SECI had won the FICCI Healthcare Excellence Award for the first time in 2009, in the category “Best Community Driven Healthcare Program”. The Gift of Vision Community Outreach Program received this award for the scale and impact achieved by the program, with more than 500,000 surgeries in 2009. Today, we are proud to say that the initiative has exceeded 750,000 free eye surgeries.
SECI won the FICCI award again in 2010, in the category “Taking health care to the
masses.” The Rainbow Program, which had screened over 4 million children across India for undetected visual defects, was chosen for this prestigious award. An eminent panel of jurists headed by Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court Sri Lahotte, along with the official tabulators, Ernest & Young, selected SECI as the winner. The then Honorable Minister of state for Health and Family Welfare Sri Dinesh Trivedi presented the award in New Delhi to SECI, in the presence of prominent individuals like Ms Shabana Azmi and Sri Kamal Hassan.
This award reaffirms our commitment and the impact and progress made by Sankara in its mission to eradicate curable blindness in rural India. We are excited to share this news with our supporters and generous who have contributed immensely to the progress of this mission, and look forward to forging ahead together and scaling new heights. Join the Sankara Movement!
About the Organization :
Sankara Eye Foundation, USA (SEF), founded in San Jose, California, and Sankara Eye Care Institutions, India (SECI), headquartered in Coimbatore, India, have been working towards Vision 20/20 by the year 2020- a mission of Eradicating Curable Blindness in India since the year 1998. Starting with 1 hospital in Coimbatore, India, performing about 8000 free eye surgeries in 1998, the movement has today grown to 8 hospitals, performing over 106,000 free eye surgeries in 2010. From a decade of setting up the core infrastructure, the self-sufficiency and scaling process infrastructure, we now move to the decade of scaling required to accomplish the mission. To know more about SEF visit http://bayareadesi.com/article/spotlight-sankara-eye-foundation-npo-era