The Apollo Hospitals story began with the establishment of our first corporate hospital in Chennai in 1983. It was the vision of our founder and promoter, Dr. Prathap C. Reddy that set us on a significant and challenging journey in the field of healthcare. As pioneers, we had an awesome responsibility. In a country where medicine was mainly in the hands of government medical institutions and individual medical practitioners, we set up a full-fledged, multi-specialty hospital with the latest technology and a large team of dedicated specialists and consultants. Our commitment and results succeeded in winning over the hearts and minds of the community, and before long, our patients were not only from South India, but from all over the country, and abroad as well. This acceptance, and the financial strength we built up over the years, allowed us to expand the Apollo Hospitals Group in India as well as overseas. In 2004, we are the largest private hospital group in Asia, with a network of hospitals and retail pharmacies across India, Health and Lifestyle Franchisee Clinics, and a global presence with centres in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the UAE, Nepal, Ghana, Nigeria, the UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our overall asset value has crossed 50 million US $. Along the way to reaching these milestones, we have established our commitment to quality. We have also established our position of leadership in the field of healthcare with measures like our Family Health Plan, corporate health packages facilitating companies in the public and private sector, Health and Lifestyle Clinics laying emphasis on preventive medicine, and education and research in hospital administration, nursing, emergency medicine and physiotherapy. The Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd. (AHEL) evolved with the merger of IHCL (Indian Hospitals Corporation Ltd.), DHCL (Deccan Hospitals Corporation Ltd.) and OSHL (Om Sindoor Hotels Ltd.). The enterprise today controls the widespread activities of the Group. On September 18, 2003, we at Apollo Hospitals Group, India’s first and Asia’s largest private healthcare provider, completed twenty years of dedicated service to the people of India, and our patients from abroad. What made the occasion even more important was that it coincided with Apollo Hospitals Group emerging as the “world’s third largest private healthcare services provider”. After our modest beginning in 1983 with a 150-bed hospital at Chennai, we have grown and performed consistently, touching over 10 million lives and presently have a network of over 36 hospitals, own and manage more than 6,200 beds in India and abroad. On our 20th Anniversary, we shared our plans for growth and reaching out to a global audience. We have already taken the first definitive steps in the direction of utilising India’s potential to emerge as the “preferred global healthcare destination.” The 20th Anniversary celebrations were set off by “Apollo”, the first child born at Apollo Hospitals in 1983, followed with a pledge by Apollo Hospitals Group’s 16,000 employees, from 36 hospitals, 46 clinics and from its offices in India and abroad, to reaffirm our commitment to Apollo and to every patient we treat. The entire program was also web-cast on the group’s websites www.apollolife.com, www.apollohospitalsgroup.com and www.medvarsity.com for people from anywhere in the world to be a part of the celebrations to mark a milestone in Indian healthcare. Apollo’s mission has been made possible by a leadership that sets the highest professional standards, provides an inspiring and supportive work environment, and emphasizes the safe and ethical practice of medicine. This is what has makes the Apollo Hospitals’ team of employees and medical professionals take giant strides in the field of healthcare, even in the face of challenges and competition.