Chairman, Board of Directors
Dr. Amrik S. Chattha
Dr. Harish Chander Sood
Dr. Ashok Kumar
Dr. Jagwinder S Sraow
Dr. Birjinder S Kochhar
Dr. Dharambir Batish
Dr. Jaswinder K Chattha
Dr. Charan S Nandra
Dr. Mukhtar S Nandra
Dr. Jaswant S Sachdev
Dr. Damanjit K Yakhmi
Dr. Gurinder S Grewal
Dr. Narinder S. Grewal
Ms. Rajinder K Keith
Patiala Health Foundation
The Patiala Health Foundation is a public charitable organization approved by the IRS on February 2nd, 2004. It is registered in Hancock County, West Virginia. The organization now has its chapter in Patiala, India that is also registered as a charitable organization.
The organization assists the poor by raising funds to build trauma centers in third world countries. Trauma centers built by the organization provide services for no charge to poor people and for discounted ammounts to persons who cannot afford such services.
Trauma related deaths occur every 1.9 minutes in India according to a published report in the India Journal of Critical Care Medicine 2004. With increased traffic and cars on roads, trauma will move up to its current position to be the third leading cause of death in India by 2020. This ten percent increase in deaths by injuries in Punjab between 1983 and 1992 demonstrates the alarming need for trauma related facilities in the region. By establishing such a center, it will save thousands of lives and tens of thousands of injuries and serious permanent disabilities.
No reliable institutional arrangements exist in India for the establishment of an efficient trauma care center. Currently trauma systems are predominately supported by non-governmental organizations and private agencies like the Patiala Health Foundation.
The trauma center is also a major objective of the Patiala Medical College Alumni which comprises of approximately 2000 NRI doctors currently practicing in the United States. There are an additional 2000 NRI physicians spread all over in Canada, UK, Australia, and Malaysia.
Patiala Health Foundation has shifted its plans from original project to build an ultra modern trauma center at Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital now to establish a mobile trauma unit and ambulance service be executed by Patiala Health Foundation and its Patiala chapter. We have already bought an ultra modern fully loaded ambulance that operates within the 30 kilometres radius in and around city of Patiala. Local private hospitals have the requisite trained staff on their rolls and the services of this trained staff would be used for the ambulance. These hospitals are on the panel of Patiala Health Foundation. These hospitals, in rotation are required to provide the services of the trained staff for the ambulance on call basis.These hospitlas will be compensated by Patiala Health Foundation for their services. After receiving a call from the site of the accident or medical emergency, the ambulance is immediately dispatched with the staff to the place of call/ accident. There is a 24 hour toll free telephone service available to answer all calls. Three drivers and three attendents are enrolled to cover 24 hours duty in rotation.
Patiala health Foundation is sponsoring a satellite center to provide comprehensive medical services by Philadelphia Hospital Ambala at Shahbad Markanda in conjunction with Dr. Kulwant Rai memorial Welfare society. Dr. Harish Sood, along with my family, will provide the necessary funding for this project. This clinic is also a tax-exempt charitable organization.
Patiala Health Foundation now runs a charitable Pharmacy at Rajindra Hospital providing free emergency medications to the poor.
Patiala Health Foundation has also helped the Blood Bank services in providing a refrigerator and is now helping the hospital install a Liquid Oxygen Plant.
Patiala Health Foundation will also run other charitable projects such as free eye clinics other healthcare related service in Punjab, India.
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