01 August, 2021

Aorta of Truth

Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi

Gireesh G.V.
Aorta of Truth
New Delhi’s swank Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre (EHIRC) is a pilgrimage of sorts for cardiac patients. Evidence of this lies in the fact that to meet the hospital’s founder, executive director and surgeon-in-chief Naresh Trehan, one has to walk a corridor or so in bare feet or in rubber sandals. It’s one hospital rule that knows no VIPs. Everyone has to surrender his or her footwear to enter Trehan’s dust- and germ-controlled consultation room.

Escorts, as EHIRC is invariably referred to, is pretty much going according to Trehan’s dream plan that began in the late ’70s when he was practicing in New York. A lot of Indians started coming to him for heart surgery because there was no such facility in India. That’s when he decided to pack his bags and head home. "I wanted to effect change and not merely start a private practice," he says. Fourteen years later, the 300-bed hospital, run by the tractors-and-motorcycle major, has a reputation that is hard to beat. Last year, Escorts performed 4,000 surgeries, a world record. "We have been able to...

More from Dhiraj Singh

Latest Magazine

August 09, 2021

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section