Sampath Bank recently reaffirmed its commitment of giving back to society by constructing a ‘Suwa Piyasa’ building which is to be used as a waiting area by all patients seeking medical assistance at Elayapattuwa Divisional Hospital, a government hospital located in a remote region of the Anuradhapura district. This initiative is a part of Sampath Bank’s ‘Hope for a Life’ CSR project.
Present at the handing over ceremony following the completion of structure were, Mr. Aruna Jayasekara, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Sampath Bank PLC, Mr. Ravindra Gunawardena, Regional Manager, Sampath Bank PLC and Dr. W M Palitha Bandara, Director, Provincial Health Services, North Central Province.
“We identified that the Elayapattuwa Divisional Hospital genuinely needed a lot of assistance to help care for many patients that walk into the hospital on a daily basis. As a national bank in the country, it is imperative that we step in to help the people of this nation when we see a need, as this is at the core of what we do. Under our ‘Hope for a Life’ programme we have identified many such worthy causes and pledge to do our utmost to help people receive the best possible medical care,” said Aruna Jayasekera, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, Sampath Bank PLC.
The ‘Suwa Piyasa’ built parallel to the Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) at a cost of Rs. 1Mn will serve as a covered structure which will protect patients from prevailing weather conditions as they wait to be attended to by the hospital staff. Additionally, this structure will greatly reduce the risk of discrepancies in the patients’ transfer process. This planned strategic activity to better the lives of residents in this area resulted an increase in the space within the ETU confines.
Dr. A G Priyashantha, Medical Officer in Charge, Divisional Hospital, Elayapaththu commented, “In a world driven by profit, it is reassuring to us that entities such as Sampath Bank are truly dedicated to improving the livelihoods of Sri Lankan citizens in need. Our overcrowded 65-year-old ETU facility has greatly benefited from the improved atmosphere as a result of the construction of this Suwa Piyasa, and our patients too have noticed the improvement in our abilities to care for them more efficiently.”
As the Elayapattuwa divisional hospital is located 18km away from the Anuradhapura New Town, the hospital serves 65 villages in Anuradhapura district, accounting for 6,530 families represented by 20,882 people. The construction of this ‘Suwa Piyasa’ directly enhanced the quality of service provided by the hospital due to less patient crowding. As the ‘Hope for Life’ project seeks to improve the standards of national healthcare in Sri Lanka, CSR activities such as this contribute to building a healthier nation.
Established in 1987 Sampath Bank has become a state-of-the-art financial institution that continues to be a market leader today thanks to their constant innovation and customer focused approach to business. Their unique tailor-made solutions, superior services and convenience of access have allowed Sampath Bank to further differentiate themselves from the competition and make them the bank of choice for many in Sri Lanka.