COLUMBIA ASIA - 21ST CENTURY HEALTHCARE
Bangalore / Bengaluru,India

Accreditations: NABH Approved Doctors: Beds: 700
International Patient Services: Yes
Languages: English


Who We Are

Columbia Asia is a consortium of healthcare companies operating across the Asian continent, with hospitals in India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

There are 13 Columbia Asia facilities in operation, 14 under construction and the land purchased for another 12. Most of the growth will be in the company's largest market - India.

The companies share a common name, common operating systems, common building designs and a common business strategy. The Columbia Asia name, proprietary operating software and building designs are protected worldwide.

The strategic business unit of the consortium, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, provides infrastructure development, including software operating systems, management of financing, reporting and auditing for all of the companies in the system.

Columbia Asia's management is based in Bangalore and Kuala Lumpur and provides ongoing supervision of operating hospitals and construction activities. The general ledgers of the companies, including payroll and accounting requirements, are centralized at the management offices.

Our Facilities

Columbia Asia Hospitals are engaged in delivery of modern healthcare services across Asian countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam & India. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Columbia Asia is engaged in the delivery of international quality healthcare services at an excellent value to the rapidly emerging segment of middle-income groups in the region.

Our most common type of facility is a Community Hospital, providing primary and secondary medical services. They usually have no more than 100 beds and are staffed by as many as 250 people, including as many as 150 nurses and 30 doctors. These facilities are usually two stories and include inpatient rooms on the top floor, operating rooms, emergency room and pharmacy on the ground floor and a basement for parking.

The second type is a Referral Hospital or Tertiary Care Facility, which performs the procedures not done at the community hospitals. These include invasive cardiology procedures, organ transplants and other procedures that require a hospital stay of at least four days. The building is designed to be four to six stories, with 150 beds and six operating rooms. Our first completed tertiary facility is in Bangalore and just opened earlier this year.

Our third type is a Neighborhood Hospital, which has about 25 beds and is built to serve smaller markets. It offers most of the services provided by a community hospital and includes two operating rooms, two birthing rooms and clinics for six specialists.

Columbia Asia Hospitals in India

Columbia Asia Hospitals set up its premiere state-of-the-art, optimum sized, and multi specialty community hospital in Bangalore in 2005. Bangalore has seen the advent of another super-specialty hospital Columbia Asia Referral Hospital to provide tertiary care for its patient in the first quarter of 2008.

These hospitals integrate evidence-based, internationally-benchmarked medical practices with modern technology while delivering the highest-quality patient care. The organization is one of the first to enter the country through the foreign direct investment (FDI) route.

As a part of its development strategy Columbia Asia has set-up six hospitals in India in India cities like NCR of Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mysore and Patiala. The company aims to open 3 more hospitals by the start of the first quarter of year 2010. Columbia Asia will have 25 hospitals in 18 cities in India by the year 2014.

Bringing 21st Century Medicine to the Emerging Countries of Asia

Columbia Asia has developed a unique model for hospitals. We deliver advanced medical care through facilities located in neighborhoods, rather than the central city. With sophisticated hospitals based in their communities, patients have dramatically improved access to quality affordable care.

Our facilities in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam use progressive medical protocols and modern equipment, managed by well-trained and experienced doctors and other health professionals.

With 13 facilities in operation, 14 more under construction by this fall and a total of 39 open by 2010, Columbia Asia is rapidly becoming the healthcare provider of choice for the emerging middle-income group of Asia.

Columbia Asia facilities provide trusted affordable care with an emphasis on the most prevalent medical issues of a region, from births and children's health to waterborne illnesses, broken bones, diabetes and other health challenges.

Our clean, modern facilities have many qualities that set them apart and make them the preferred choice for businesses, workers and their families:

Advanced technology:
All our hospitals are connected by a common software operating system that allows for seamless record-keeping, diagnostics and billing.

"Our designs are the result of our belief that hospitals in the 21st century were going to be much smaller than those built in the past, and that they would rely heavily on computer systems," said Rick Evans, chairman of Columbia Asia. "There are more computers in our community hospitals than there are inpatient beds."

Excellence and trust:
Every hospital is staffed with highly trained doctors recruited from and working in their native country to provide care that is compatible with the culture of the region. Each facility also has its own pharmacy where patients can trust that they receive safe, quality medications that are not outdated, tampered with or contaminated.

"We at Columbia Asia practice in accordance with medical by-laws that require the highest ethical standards in medicine," said Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Medical Director of Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt Ltd - India.

Affordability:
Our emphasis on efficient administration, accurate diagnosis and effective care helps keep costs affordable for patients. With fewer beds, our community hospitals can offer higher quality care and allow patients to return home sooner. The average stay at a community hospital is less than two days.

The price of delivering a child at one of our Malaysia facilities, including overnight stays, doctor fees, and other charges, is less than US$500. The cost at our Indian hospitals is even lower.

Proximity:
Each facility is located close to patients and is right-sized to become a true community health center where people receive care in their own neighborhoods.

Patient focused: Every waiting room is equipped with a plasma display screen to tell every patient exactly how many people are ahead of them and when they will be seen.

Specialties and Services

Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Ear, Nose and Throat, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Maxillofacial Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Urology

International Patient Services at Columbia Asia

Columbia Asia Hospitals recognizes that International Patients have special needs and require special attention for their treatments outside their country of origin. In order to provide a highly specialized and personalized service, Columbia Asia offers seamless and holistic service support of world-class quality. Our end-to-end service includes assistance in the decision making for choosing from the Columbia Asia centers and doctors in the respective specialty of to post discharge recuperative support and guidance.

From the warmth of our greeting at the airport, to your registration and discharge, we have created an unparalleled experience through our compassionate services for our international guests, based on the premise- ‘Atithi Devobhava’ (Guest equivalent to God).

Our Value Added Services to International Guests

  • Dedicated team of Facilitators
  • Airport transfer Service
  • Unstinted service support- Visa Assistance, Helpline number
  • Scheduling of all medical appointments
  • Coordination of the admissions process
  • Cost estimates for anticipated treatment
  • Processing of medical second opinions
  • Concierge services- Flight Arrangements & Extensions / Visa Assistance and Foreign Exchange
  • Language Interpreters
  • eDocs- Remote Consultations via Telemedicine

Our Value Proposition to international Guests

  • Group practice
  • Internationally certified committed consultants
  • Internationally benchmarked standard protocols
  • Unwavering focus on clinical & non-clinical trainings
  • Proprietary software
  • Electronic medical records system (EMRD)
  • Focus on accreditation
  • Transparency and standardization in pricing
  • Pan-India presence
  • Infrastructure and modern technology

GENERAL SURGERY

  • Lobectomy: Removal of a lobe of the lung
  • Lung biopsy: Removal of a small piece of lung tissue for diagnostic tests
  • Bronchial Cyst Removal: Removal of a cyst in one side of the neck. A cyst is an abnormal, closed sac-like structure within a tissue that contains a liquid, gaseous, or semisolid substance
  • Pericardial Cyst Removal: Removal of a cyst in pericardium
  • Pleural Biopsy for Pleural Infusion: A procedure to remove a sample of the tissue lining the lungs and the inside of the chest wall to check for disease or infection
  • Appendectomy: Removal of appendix
  • Bowel Resection: Removal of part or the entire intestine
  • Cholecystectomy: Gallbladder removal
  • Colostomy: The excretion of waste material is diverted to a colostomy bag
  • Common Bile Duct Exploration: Exploration of the common bile duct
  • Diagnostic Laparoscopy: Exploratory surgery using a laparoscope
  • Epigastric Hernia Repair: Hernia repair from the upper portion of the abdomen
  • Fundoplication: Treatment for GERD or hiatal hernia
  • Gastrectomy: Surgical removal of the stomach
  • Gastrostomy: Feeding tube insertion in the stomach using an endoscope or an incision
  • Hemicolectomy: Removal of approximately half of the large intestine
  • Incisional Hernia Repair: A surgical procedure performed to correct an incisional hernia, a bulge or protrusion that occurs near or directly along a prior abdominal surgical incision
  • Inguinal Herniorraphy: Hernia repair
  • Umbilical Herniorraphy: Hernia
  • Jejunostomy: Feeding tube insertion in the small intestine
  • Liver Biopsy: Removal of liver tissue to test for liver diseases
  • Lysis of Adhesions: Removal of scar tissue in the abdomen
  • Sigmoid Resection: Removal of part or all of the sigmoid portion of the colon
  • Splenectomy: Removal of spleen

UROLOGY

  • Retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS): RIRS is used for patients with stones in the kidney, narrowing of the outlet of the kidney or within the kidney (strictures) and tumors in the kidney
  • Ureteroscopic Stone Fragmentation and Removal (URS): Ureteroscopy is used for stones in the ureter, narrowing of the ureter (strictures), tumors and removal of foreign materials
  • Transurethral Electro-Resection of the Prostate (TURP): Removing the enlarged part of the prostate
  • Photoselective Vaporisation of the Prostate (PVP): Removal of obstructing prostate tissue using the laser
  • Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF): Repair tract between the bladder and the vagina
  • Varicocelectomy: Technique to treat the dilated veins in the scrotum, which can cause infertility in the patient
  • Adrenalectomy: Removal of the adrenal gland in patients with a benign (i.e., adenoma, pheochromocytoma) or malignant (i.e., cancer, metastases) enlargement of the gland
  • Renal Cyst Marsupialization: Technique to treat problematic renal cysts
  • Nephrectomy: Kidney removal technique used in cases of non-functional kidney caused by benign diseases
  • Nephropexy: Technique to secure the kidney in its proper location in patients suffering from symptoms of an abnormal mobile kidney
  • Live Donor Nephrectomy: Technique of harvesting a kidney for transplantation that adequately maintains the health and quality of the kidney
  • Radical Nephrectomy: Removal of the whole kidney, including the Gerota's fascia and regional lymph nodes, in a tumor-bearing kidney
  • Partial Nephrectomy: Technique used to remove a renal tumor while preserving the kidney
  • Nephroureterectomy: Removal of the kidney, ureter, and bladder cuff in cases of tumors of the renal pelvis and/or ureter
  • Pyeloplasty: Technique used to repair or reconstruct the connection between the ureter and the renal pelvis in cases of a blockage of the kidney to improve drainage of the kidney down toward the bladder
  • Ureterolithotomy: Surgical approach to removing ureteral stones 2 cm and larger
  • Ureterolysis: Technique used to mobilize one or both ureters that are obstructed due to retroperitoneal fibrosis, which is usually caused by inflammatory reactions; the procedure includes repositioning of the ureters to prevent a recurrence
  • Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND): The removal of retroperitoneal lymph nodes in patients with testicular cancer in clinical stage I or IIA/B
  • Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection: Removal of the regional lymph nodes of the prostate or bladder in patients with high risk prostate or bladder cancer
  • Radical Prostatectomy: Removal of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles in patients with prostate cancer
  • Radical Cystectomy with Urinary Diversion: Removal of the bladder in patients with bladder cancer and the creation of a bladder replacement

SPINE SURGERIES

  • Endoscopic Discectomy through a very small incision slipped disc is removed so patient has normal tissue trauma
  • Minimally Invasive fusion: for spondylosis, trauma. There is no requirement to do a open back surgery. Even after fixing screws, patient discharged in 2 days
  • Balloon Kyphoplasty: for osteoporotic spinal fractures and trauma. This is a percutaneous technique and patient is sent home next day instead of 1 week later as in earlier technique
  • Disc replacement of neck: whole slipped disc replaced. Patient discharged in 1 day
  • Laparoscopic debridement: of thoracic tuberculosis of spine
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery: for spinal cord tumour removal

GYNECOLOGY

  • Total Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus and cervix
  • Supracervical Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus only
  • Presacral Neurectomy: Cutting of the nerves going to the uterus and pelvis in order to relieve pelvic pain
  • Ovarian Cystectomy: Removing ovarian cysts without removing the ovary
  • Myomectomy: Removal of fibroid tumors without a hysterectomy
  • Tension free Vaginal Tape Placement (TVT): A synthetic (prolene) mesh tape placement under the bladder neck (urethra) for the treatment of urinary incontinence( a condition in which urine leaks in times of stress, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping, etc)
  • Hysteroscopic Endometriosis: Removal of endometrial growths, scar tissue and adhesions involving the bowel, bladder, and ureters
  • Hysteroscopic Endometrial Polypectomy: Removal of polyp from endometrium
  • Hysteroscopic Septum Resection: Partial or complete removal of uterine septum
  • Hysteroscopic Submucous Fibroid Resection: Removal of fibroids that develop in the sub mucosal layer, that is, the inner side of the uterus

NEUROSURGERY

  • Endoscopic resection of pituitary brain tumors: through the nose using an endoscope, pituitary brain tumour can be removed avoiding major tissue damage
  • Endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms and carotid occlusive disease: aneurysm and AVM are treated with coiling through an entry from the femoral artery
  • Percutaneous balloon compression of the trigeminal nerve: for trigeminal pain this technique is used
  • Neuroendoscopy like endoscopic third ventriculostomy: Endoscope used to hydrocephalus especially in children

HEART SURGERY

  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Mitral valve surgery
  • Tricuspid valve surgery
  • Atrial septal defect closure, including patent foramen ovale
  • Ventricular septal defect
  • "Off-pump" coronary artery bypass surgery (without a cardiopulmonary bypass machine); also called minimally invasive direct coronary bypass
  • VATS for pluerodesis, lobectomy etc

OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY (EAR, NOSE AND THROAT)

Otology

  • Myringotomy +/- grommet insertion- insertion of ventilation tube in patients with glue ear
  • Stapes procedures - stapedotomy - surgical procedure for conductive hearing loss due to otosclerosis
  • Transcanal Tympanoplasty - Repair of ear drum / middle ear hearing mechanism through the ear canal
  • Otoscopy - examination of the middle ear

Rhinology - Endoscopic procedures like:

  • Septoplasty / septal spur excision - correction of deviations of the nasal septum with help of an endoscope
  • Turbinoplasty - reduction in the size of the middle / inferior turbinates with microdebrider / LASER
  • Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - Endoscopic sinus surgery - for chronic sinusitis and sinonasal polyps
  • Endoscopic removal of small tumours of the nose and nasopharynx
  • Endoscopic repair of CSF leaks
  • Endoscopic Dacrocystorhinostomy - for chronic dacryocystitis
  • Endoscopic management of Epistaxis - ligation / clipping / diathermy of sino-nasal blood vessels

Microlaryngeal surgery, for removal of vocal cord nodules, polyps, small tumours

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY (BONE & JOINT)

  • Minimally Invasive Fracture fixation
  • Intramedullary nailing & interlocking nailing of long bones – especially the femur & tibia
  • Periarticular and intraarticular fractures of the lower and upper extremity
  • Minimal invasive joint replacement
  • Minimal invasive Hip replacement surgery
  • Minimal invasive Knee replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgeries can help diagnose and treat common knee, shoulder, and other joint problems using an illuminated fibreoptic telescope inserted into the joint to visualize and treat problems as appropriate.
  • Arthroscopic articular, synovial and chondral surgery
  • Debridement of the knee & removal of loose bodies
  • Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic meniscus surgery
  • Treatment of early joint arthritis
  • Arthroscopic synovial biopsy & synovectomy
  • Arthroscopic lateral retinacular release for lateral subluxation of patella
  • Arthroscopic Rotator cuff repair of the shoulder
  • Arthroscopic subacromial decompression for impingement at the shoulder
  • Shoulder Arthroscopic Bankart surgery & instability repair
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Deformity correction
  • Release of joint contractures
  • Minimal invasive osteotomies & stabilization with Intramedullary devices or percutaneous techniques
  • Dr. Malini S P, MBBS, DCP, DNB
  • Dr. Jyothi V Shenoy, MBBS, MD, MRCOG, CCT
  • Dr. Prathima Ramaprasad, MBBS, MD
  • Dr. Neelesh Reddy, MBBS, MD, DM
  • Dr. Harsha C Chadaga, MBBS, DMRD, DNB, PDCC
  • Dr. Chetan Satish, MBBS, MS, MCh, MRCS, DNB
  • Dr. Madhu Kumar M G, MS, M.Ch, DNB (Plastic Surgery)
  • Dr. Ravindra T K, MBBS, PG Dip in Clinical Research & P G Dip in Diabetis Melitus
  • Dr. Sanjay B, MBBS, DNB (Ortho)
  • Dr. Pradeep Kumar K, MBBS, Dip in Ortho, DNB
  • Dr. Ajoy Raj Malpe, MBBS, DA, FCARCSI
  • Dr. Naveen M G, MBBS, D.ortho, DNB ortho, MRCS Part I/II
  • DR. SRIDHARA N, MBBS, MD(GM), DM(Cardiology)
  • DR. PANGAL RANGANATH NAYAK, MBBS, MD(GM),DNB (GM), DM-(Cardiology)
  • Dr. Umesh Lingaraj, Dch, MD [Pead], DNB [Pead], DM Nephro DNB [Nephro]
  • Dr. Sumathi V, MBBS, Dip. In Otorhinolaryngology, DNB in Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dr. Mruthyunjayanna B P, MD (Medicine) DM (Neurology), FICA (USA)
  • Dr. Harish K, MS, DNB, MCh
  • Dr. Subramanya Rao P, DLO, DNB (ENT), Fellow H & N Oncology
  • Mr. Mallikarjun Rao, PG in AF Tech, DFD Tech (ARS itatly)
  • DR. RAMESH B R, MBBS,DTCD, FCCP
  • Dr. Syed Althaf, MS (Gen. Surgery), M.Ch Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Bina Vasan, MD (DGO), MS (Reproductive Medicine)
  • Dr. Sudipta Sen, DCH, MRCPCH,
  • Dr. Vidya Desai, MD, DGO, MAMS
  • Dr. R S Venkatesulu, MBBS, MD, DM
  • Dr. Subramanya Rao P, DLO, DNB (ENT), Fellow H & N Oncology
  • Dr. Uday Muthane, MBBS, Doctorate in Medicine, Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Dr. Sandhya R, MBBS, DGO, MD
  • Dr. Kanakalakshmi, MBBS, MD (OBG)
  • Dr. SHUBHANGINI K T, MBBS, DGO, MS, DNB, MRCOG
  • Dr. Urvashi P Bhatara, MD, DNB, DGO

Chinyere Onyenekwu, Nigeria

I do not really know where to start thanking and would not know exactly where to stop thanking you.You knew we were fighting a harder battle and you really showered us with kindness, kind words and kind attention.I noticed one thing, while in your hospital, you gave everybody equal attention, not minding where the person came from.

Look at the way, all your staff were ready to attend to our needs. May the good Lord bless you all. You are so wonderful group of people. The measure you use in measuring the love, attention and kindness will surely be used for you. Amen.- Chinyere Onyenekwu

David and Eunice Opegbemi, Kenya

We really, really appreciate the great love and attention given to us while we were in Columbia Asia. You went all the way to give us COMFORT, JOY and unalloyed HOSPITALITY. We commend your wonderful team at Customer Care. They are a different crop of dedicated workers as a result of an exemplary leadership. LONG LIVE COLUMBIA ASIA - David

Mrs Ekpo- Nigeria

I just want to use this medium to appreciate you and your team for The wonderful work you guys are doing in Columbia Asia. You made foreigners feel athome. Before you know it, your details are taken, a full package test is Conducted without delay, accommodation, both as in/out patient given without stress even at cheaper rates. My prayer is, as serve you lives/ humanity God almighty will bless you all. Am proud of all and I will continue to preach to my people that you guys are the best (Wonderful team). I love you all - Ekpo

Geria

Wanted to send my profound thanks to you and each of your wonderful Columbia Asia hospital team members who facilitated my mother’s recent surgery at your hospital.

I thought I would share some of my observations of the professionalism that I saw during my brief trip that truly demonstrated the World Class facility that Columbia Asia is. The entire team of Customer Care headed by Shaila are outstanding Given the state of the health care industry in the US which is being squeezed by managed care providers (HMOs) and the likes, I truly believe that Columbia Asia, its business model and people have a winning combination. My heartfelt thanks and wish you and your team the very best of success. With warmest regards - Geria

Nnanna Onyenekwu, Angola

The attention you were giving to us made my problems not being felt. Please keep it up. You did not seem to be tired of people and their individual problems. I am sure that this is a rare gift from God. I pray God to continue guiding and strengthening you in this work. Take care and remain blessed. - Nnanna Onyenekwu

Abul Kashem and Mrs, Ghana

I remember the days when I was a guest at the Columbia ASIA (I don’t consider myself as a patient). The care taken and support given to me shall be remembered for good and you deserve special thanks for taking all the care. - Abul Kashem