Dr Azad Moopen, founder, chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare, has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th edition of The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) Healthcare Excellence Awards. The prestigious accolade is in recognition of his valuable contribution and efforts in the field of healthcare.
Under his leadership, Aster DM Healthcare in the last 31 years has become one of the few entities across the globe providing the complete circle of care from primary, secondary, tertiary to quaternary medical care.
Starting with a single doctor clinic in Dubai in 1987, when healthcare was still in its primitive stages in the region, Dr Moopen has played a significant role in shaping the healthcare industry in the UAE and GCC. Today, Aster DM Healthcare has grown into an integrated healthcare conglomerate of over 300 establishments including hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and diagnostic centres spread across nine countries. The company was also listed in the Indian Stock Market in February.
Guided by the philosophy of providing easy access to quality healthcare at affordable costs, Dr Azad Moopen has revolutionised healthcare services by creating a model that is accessible to different income groups and masses without compromising the service aspect of the noble medical profession. Accepting the award at a ceremony in New Delhi, Dr Azad Moopen paid tribute to Aster DM Healthcare’s 17,000+ staff members for their efforts in providing ‘compassionate care to millions of patients’ and hard work to keep pushing the boundaries of healthcare excellence.
“Our journey over the last 30 years has been driven by our vision to provide quality healthcare at affordable costs at the doorstep of the people that we serve and pushing boundaries to achieve our mission has seen us set benchmarks in healthcare excellence. I would like to thank FICCI for this honour, and this serves as further motivation to continue making a positive difference in the lives of the people that we serve everyday,” Dr Moopen said.
A dedicated philanthropist, Dr Azad Moopen has embarked on numerous social initiatives through Aster DM Foundation and Dr Moopen Family Foundation. He believes that profit is a by-product and not a purpose in healthcare, and his initiatives in the field of healthcare, education, women and social empowerment are providing hope to millions across geographies. He has earmarked 20 per cent of his personal wealth for philanthropic activities enabling social change and
helping people in need.
In 2011, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri title and in 2010 with Pravasi Bhartiya Samman for his extraordinary contribution in the healthcare sector.
In 2009, he was also conferred the best doctor award by government of Kerala. In 2018, Dr Moopen received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Gulf Indian Leadership Summit, and was recognised as one of the 100 most inspiring leaders in the Middle East by Arabian Business Magazine. He has also been recognised as one of the Top powerful Indian leaders in the Arab World by Forbes Middle East magazine.
The FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards was conceptualised in 2009, with an aim to felicitate healthcare organisations and individuals for their contributions to the industry by innovating for increased efficiency, affordability and improved performance of healthcare delivery at large.
Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in multiple GCC states and is an emerging healthcare player in India.
With an inherent emphasis on clinical excellence the company is one of the few entities in the world with a strong presence across primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary healthcare through its 20 hospitals, 112 clinics and 213 pharmacies.
These are manned by 17,600+ employees from across the geographies the company is present in, delivering on a simple yet strong promise to its people: ‘We’ll treat you well’.
(Inputs from Muscat Daily)
Read about Aster Al Raffah Hospitals & Clinics Oman