The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) is a 1,000-bed multi-specialty hospital with a strong commitment to charity care, community service and academic education. The hospital has a medical college and a graduate training center. It provides service to patients from the state of Kerala and the surrounding regions. The pediatric cardiac program is dynamic and rapidly growing and provides more than 2,700 outpatient visits, close to 600 open-heart operations and 600 interventional procedures annually. In addition, AIMS is one of the few centers in India that provide fellowship training in pediatric cardiology. For more than 11 years, Children’s HeartLink has worked alongside AIMS to improve the accessibility and quality of pediatric cardiac care in the region. In recognition of the great strides that the AIMS program has made, and their commitment to education and knowledge sharing, the relationship has moved into a new phase – Amrita has become Children's HeartLink’s first Global Partner in Pediatric Cardiac Care and Training.
The pediatric cardiac team at AIMS is a valuable resource for Children’s HeartLink and for the pediatric cardiac community in India and the world, serving as a regional center of excellence in treatment and training and as a thought leader in challenges and opportunities unique to the management and improvement of pediatric cardiac care in the developing world. Examples of projects implemented jointly by AIMS and Children's HeartLink include creating the first infection control certification course in India; collaborating with the India Academy of Pediatrics to provide pediatric cardiology training for practicing pediatricians; providing interventional cardiology training workshops for cardiologists from around the country; and supporting several regional symposiums on newborn post-operative care and ICU training.
Geography & Demographics:
Kochi is a port city on the southwest coast of India with a population of about 1.3 million people. It is the largest city in the state of Kerala, which has the highest literacy rate in India. Nursing schools in this state train many of the best nurses in India.
Primary Medical Volunteer Partners:
Children's HeartLink recently completed a case study about our relationship with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, which you can download here.