“Thanks to your support all these years, Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) has performed 1.5 million free eye surgeries at eight hospitals,” said Murali KrishnaMurthy, CEO of SEF. “Construction of the ninth hospital is happening at Jaipur, Rajasthan and will be ready in December 2017. We still need to raise a million dollars each for the Hyderabad and Indore hospital projects so the construction of these can begin next year as soon as land acquisition is complete. The hospital construction cannot be started next year if we are unable to raise million dollars each for these hospitals and hence will need your continued timely support you have provided us in the past.
Sankara Eye Foundation reached a new milestone on May this year. It celebrated our 39th Founder’s Day to commemorate the launch of SEF initiative in Coimbatore 39 years ago with a small medical center. “Today, SEF has grown to eight super specialty eye care hospitals across India performing over 500 eye surgeries a day,” said Murali Krishnamurthy, who has been spearheading Foundation’s the operation across the US. “The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is a proud sponsor of the Sankara Eye Foundation,” he added.
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Joint ownership with physicians, is the only freestanding, full-service hospital in North Texas dedicated solely to heart and vascular health care. The hospital is acknowledged as a regional and national leader in cardiovascular care. Its commitment to providing safe, quality, compassionate care is rooted in medical and service excellence.
The hospital is ranked 5th in the nation in heart valve surgery*, 6th in the country in open heart surgery*, and #1 in the Dallas-Ft. Worth cardiac surgery market**. As a medical destination for heart and vascular care, the hospital offers advanced care in multiple cardiovascular specialties. Additionally, the hospital is actively engaged in more than 80 clinical research trials. Guests are treated to the hospital’s signature Five-Star Service, which has earned Inpatient and Emergency Department satisfaction scores*** that rank among the top hospitals in the country.
Once again, Sankara Eye Foundation has been applauded for its work ethics and transparency by Charity Navigator which examines two broad areas of a charity’s performance: its Financial Health and its Accountability & Transparency. Even with the new enhanced financial rating methodology used this year, SEF managed to hold onto its 4 star rating.
SEF undertook the 5-city concert tour with the famous trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy and the New Generation. SEF staff and volunteers worked round the clock, and their dedication paid off with the concerts being sold out in almost all cities.
The audience were treated to an eclectic mix of songs both from the bygone era and today’s times, performed by the trio and the New Generation. The crowd found it very hard to stay seated with the high intensity, foot tapping numbers and the atmosphere was magical throughout.
SEF is still mostly volunteer run and is supported by over 50,000 donors all over the USA and the collective efforts are paying off. SEF received the top 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management, commitment to accountability and transparency. We also won the IMC Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality Performance Excellence trophy in the health care category.
Even though our uncle literally forced us to start the Sankara Eye Foundation, now we realize that this is the best thing that has happened to us. We have made so many friends and that has enriched our lives beyond imagination. Initially I used to think that I was making a difference in the lives of our dear visually handicapped brothers and sisters but now it is dawning on me that I am the biggest beneficiary. I am so fortunate and grateful for this golden opportunity. Let us, together, eradicate curable blindness – Vision 20/20 by 2020. In order to get more information on how to join us on this noble mission, please visit:http://www.giftofvision.org