Dr Amrita Patel, as Chairman served the Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM) for 25 years. She took charge of the Mandal in 1993 after the demise of the Founder Chairman Dr H. M. Patel and voluntarily stepped down in 2018.
As Chairman Dr Patel has provided an exceptional leadership to CAM. She has played an outstanding role in meeting the Health Care needs of the rural poor. Working tirelessly for the development of the Shree Krishna Hospital and the Pramukhswami Medical College, its a tribute to her dedication and perseverance that Shree Krishna Hospital is today acknowledged as one of the best in the country and that too in a rural setting. The college is recognised as a premier institute in Gujarat and the students are not only trained to be great medical care givers but professionals who handle their responsibilities with sensitivity and care.
From its humble origin, the Shree Krishna Hospital became the first teaching hospital in the state to be accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Care Providers (NABH). From a 136-bed hospital nearly four decades back, it has grown to become a 1000-bed hospital today, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities rendering professional services of the highest order.
It was during her stewardship that the Cardiac Centre, Cancer Centre, Bone Marrow Transplant Centre, the Privilege Centre, Knowledge Centre, Assessment Centre, Hospital Wing expansion, Critical Care Centre etc came up. She initiated the Shree Krishna Hospital's Programme for Advancement of Rural and Social Health (SPARSH), to extend healthcare services to the rural community through a 3-tier system of village health workers, primary and secondary health centres. She introduced the most patient friendly services, wherein 450, out of 1000 beds in the hospital offer free treatment.