Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited (AHEL) is a leading private sector healthcare provider in Asia. It was incorporated as a Public Limited Company in the year 1979, a comprehensive 250-bed hospital with an emphasis on speciality and super specialties in over fifty departments at Chennai. Dr. Prathap C Reddy promoted it. 46 beds were added in the year 1985. It is the first group of hospitals that pioneered the concept of corporate healthcare delivery in India. AHEL owns and manages a network of speciality hospitals and clinics, a chain of Pharmacy retail outlets across the country, and provides Consultancy Services for commissioning and managing the Speciality Hospitals and it has over 26 hospitals of which 14 are client hospitals, managed by professionals deputed from Apollo. AHEL's hospitals situated in Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune, Chenganur, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Madurai, Anantpur, Nellore, Kurnool, Bhopal, Ranchi, Bilaspur and Bacheli. Clinics sited in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai. Also AHEL partaking International operations includes Srilanka, Muscat, Dubai, India, Nepal, Tanzania, and Bangladesh.
The Apollo Health Association (AHA) was inaugurated in April of the year 1986, based on credit card system. As per this scheme, the Apollo health insurance policyholders get Medicare offered by Apollo and 76 accredited hospitals in selected cities. The hospital was equipped with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) during the year 1989, also with SOMATOMCR whole body computed Tomography scanner, Dideoendoscopy and Mammography, breast-scanning equipment for the detection of occult carcinoma. During the same year 1989, AHEL group had finalised a joint venture project with the I.R.T.C. of Eye Micro Surgery, USSR to launch the Apollo Fyodorov Eye Research Institute. Apart from the hospital activities, The Apollo School of nursing was commissioned in August of the year1991, which offers a 3-year diploma programme followed by internship in the hospital.
During the year 1992, 16 intensive care beds and 26 additional patient beds together with balancing equipment were added in various disciplines. Also a 24-hour ambulance service with wireless facility was to be launched. Apollo cancer hospital was commissioned with 150-beds for cancer treatment and research centre in Chennai during the period of 1993. Further, AHEL had introduced state-of-the-art Bone Marrow transplant facility in Phase II expansion of cancer project. A third theater was added for cardio thoracic surgery in the year of 1994. As at 19th February of the year 1995, another one wing was added, Cancer hospital in Hyderabad was inaugurated. In the same year 1995, AHEL had joined hands with the WHO with its mission to eradicate Tuberculosis in India. With take over of Orient Hospital, Madurai and Pinakini Hospital, Nellore, the Company had added 300 more beds in the year 1996 and the Apollo College of Nursing at Keezhkattalai was inaugurated on 21st October of the same year. AHEL had signed a memorandum of understanding with Jardine of UK for successful adaptation of the health maintenance organisations (HMO) in the year 1997, a concept for the first time in India. A year after, in 1998, also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sri Lankan Government to build a super-speciality hospital in Colombo. It was the first time the speciality hospital group ventured abroad with investments. AHEL had opened a unit for the Kidney disorders; it was inaugurated in April of the year 1998 with the expansion in this facility for better and newer techniques in treatment.
In 1999, Apollo had launched its first poison information centre in the south of the India. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and AHEL had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the year 2000 for setting up pharmaceutical general stores at the convenience stores of Indian Oil petrol stations. Apollo and Royal College of General Practioners made a tie-up in the period of 2000 to launch three programmes for revalidating and updating the knowledge of primary healthcare physicians in India. Also inked an in-principle deal with the Singapore-based Parkway group, the Singapore-based Parkway group, the global leader in healthcare business, to spread its wings to Afro Asian countries. In the same year AHEL had launched a personal accident insurance card and commissioned the Italian Dental Clinic. The amalgamation of Indian Hospitals Corporation (IHCL), Om Sindoori Hotels (OSHL) with the company has been approved; also Deccan Hospital Corporation (DHCL) has been amalgamated with company. In 2001, signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Mauritius, appointing the Apollo Hospitals Group as the preferred healthcare provider for all the citizens of Mauritius and in the identical year, made a tie-up with a local hospital initially to deliver mother and child care. During the year 2002, the hospital has taken over the 50.26 per cent of stake held by the Gauri Prasad Goenka in the Duncan Gleneagles Hospital for the consideration of Rs 3 crore. In 2003, AHEL made tie up with ICICI Lombard and unveiled an accident insurance product. Apollo launched a dedicated pediatric cardiac facility for children and sets up a 24X7 Chest Pain Clinic to offer round the clock and immediate access to quality heart care during the critical period.
AHEL had entered into a major technology partnership with the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) to leverage mutual strengths during the period of 2004. Launched the `Apollo National Heart Plan' comprising three components of the preventive mode, a disease management programme (DMP) and the actual treatment and surgery component. And also in the same year made a partnership to provide advisory services to Hayel Saeed Anam (HSA) group, Yemen. Apollo Hospital Delhi gets JCI certification for its quality of care in a safe environment in the year 2005. In the same year forged alliance with Histotem and joined hands with Johns Hopkins. AHEL had singed the Joint Venture Agreement with Deutsche Krankenversicherung AG (DKV) for setting up the Health Insurance Business in October 11 of the year 2006. AHEL had signed an agreement with Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited as a partner in Apollo Hospitals International Limited, Ahmedabad. Also in the year the hospital had acquired the Zavata. The week magazine rated the Apollo Hospitals as the Best Private Sector Hospital in India for the year 2006. As at June 15th 2007, AHEL launched Health City, the first of its kind in Asia, at Hyderabad, an integrated healthcare delivery facility, spread over 33 acres, to cover disease prevention, management, wellness and research.
As at January 2008, the hospital has signed an agreement with Hindustan Construction Co (HCC), a real estate firm, to set up the medicity inside the upcoming hill station named Lavasa in Maharashtra. With an eye on foreign patients, Apollo Hospitals is setting up a medicity near Pune that will offer 'first rate ayurveda treatment'. The Apollo and BAI Medical Centre Ltd, a subsidiary of British American Investment Co (Mtius) Ltd Made a JV in February of the year 2008 to set up a hospital in Mauritius.
Positioning Apollo Hospitals as a global medical powerhouse ranked among the top hospital groups of the world and the repository of the trust of millions around the globe. AHEL is moving with the aim to treat illness and promote wellness of the human being, Apollo Hospitals constantly sets standards and redefines healthcare delivery.