Often called the ‘Henry Ford’ of heart surgery in India, a serial social entrepreneur and cardiac surgeon Devi Prasad Shetty founded Narayana Hrudayalaya (now known as Narayana Health) in 2001 as a 300-bed hospital in Bangalore to provide low-cost healthcare to India’s poorest citizens. In a little over a decade, it has grown to become a network of 31 hospitals with 6,900 beds, 25 primary care facilities across 32 cities, towns and villages in India, employing about 13,000 people and 1,500 doctors. In terms of operational beds, IPO-bound Narayana Health is the second-largest hospital firm in the country. Narayana Health could easily be mistaken for one of the ‘corporate hospital’ chains that have emerged in India. It prides itself for not refusing treatment to patients who cannot afford the price of a world-class cardiac surgery.
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