Hyderabad's global eye banking leader celebrates Silver Jubilee
LVPEI celebrated the silver jubilee of its Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB) on 27th June 2014. In the past 25 years, RIEB has cumulatively harvested nearly 50,000 corneas and conducted 25,000 sight restoring transplantation surgeries to corneal blind patients, the largest number done by a single centre in the world.
RIEB is the biggest eye bank in Asia and the developing nations, and a SightLife 'Global Centre of Excellence'. The RIEB's phenomenal growth and emergence as a global leader in eye banking is a remarkable and inspiring success story for a developing country like India where traditionally, there has always been a lot of pessimism about organ transplantation.
The Silver Jubilee was marked with a Scientific Program in the morning and Commemorative Program in the evening. The guests included Dr. Paul Dubord, Chair, SightLife, USA,
Mr. Monty Montoya, President & CEO, SightLife, USA, Dr. L Narendranath, Director, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) and members from Late Mrs. Ramayamma's family.
This is the second blood donation camp being conducted following an agreement with the NTR Memorial Trust to benefit LVPEI patients. CEO Dr Kondaiah and Advisor Mr BV Chowdhary of the Trust visited the Hyderabad campus to acknowledge the initiative, as did Mr O Naresh Kumar, CEO of Symbiosis Technologies who was the chief guest at Visakhapatnam.
Patient Care Day
Patient Care Day at LVPEI was celebrated at the monthly staff meeting on 2 June, 2014. The Institute was inaugurated with Kallam Anji Reddy campus on June 1st in 1987. In these twenty seven years of service, it has served over 36 lakh out patients and performed more than 5 lakh surgeries. The evening's program commenced with an interesting video presentation by the patient care department. There was also a humorous skit and a dance performance. Dr. Rao's message emailed to all employees on the occasion read as follows:
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