Dr. Dinesh Batra, Director & Group CEO, Cygnus Hospitals
A well known healthcare management expert with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry in India and other countries. Over last 3 decades, Dr. Batra has worked across various healthcare brands with the latest being Primus Super specialty hospital in Chanakyapuri in Delhi as the CEO. He was one of the key players in the success story of the Primus Group. He was instrumental in establishing a 100 bedded hospital at Abuja, Nigeria under the banner of Primus Hospital. Realizing the fact that he has reached the peak on the path he was going on and lot of work and passion still left in him, he decided to change his path.
Thus began the journey of Cygnus Hospitals with four more doctors and a pharma entrepreneur. Cygnus Hospitals is the brainchild of Dr. Batra. Dr. Batra is aggressively involved in administration, planning and development of the eleven hospitals, currently under Cygnus Group. He has actively participated in healthcare projects for tribal areas, for patients needing free dialysis, and free education to under-privileged. Dr. Batra is associated with many leading healthcare institutes in Delhi NCR as a Medical Advisor.
On 19th August 2015, Dr. Batra, was invited by Government of Haryana in association with CII to a ‘Business Mission to US & Canada’ The prime objective of this mission was to reposition Haryana as an investment destination on the International stage with a focus on the sector like – Energy, Aerospace, Defence production including offset Manufacturing, Garments / Textiles, Food Processing, Auto/Auto Components, Healthcare, Industrial Parks, Logistics, mass rapid transport as also to seek cooperation in the field of Education/Skill development. As a part of this objective, Dr. Batra showcased Cygnus Hospital’s model in Haryana and how Cygnus has contributed to the healthcare needs of the state with a vision to expand to 50 hospitals by 2018; in addition to projecting healthy investment environment.
The Cygnus vision was given a boost when it expanded to include Altius Medicare and gain the trust of investors like Somerset and Fidelity to invest in them to help Cygnus grow. With the help of these developments and the business acumen possessed by Dr. Batra and fellow Directors, Cygnus is now expanding rapidly.
The business model of Cygnus Hospitals revolves around taking up underutilized units in tier 2 and tier 3 cities or leasing the assets created by third party, converting them into super specialty hospitals in order to ensure secondary and tertiary care in the remotest of areas around India. With hospitals currently running in cities like Delhi, Haryana and Punjab, and newer ones coming up in Rajasthan, Cygnus aims to take healthcare in India where it’s never ventured before, the smaller towns.
Since 2011, when Cygnus first began, Dr Batra and Cygnus have come a long way, but as they themselves will admit, the journey has only just begun.
Dr. Naveen Nishchal, Director – Operations, Cygnus Hospitals
An alumunus of INSEAD, France presently heads Operations & Quality in the Cygnus network of hospitals. His hard work has won him accolades and recognition among the medical fraternity. Medgate Today Magazine 2014 even featured him as one of the most influential persons in Healthcare. In 2013 he was bestowed with the award for “Best Doctor in Medical Specialist field in India”.
He earned his MBBS from North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri, West Bengal. And in 2004, obtained his MD from Govt. Medical College, Patiala, Punjab. He co-founded Altius Healthcare in 2008 and first time in the history of the healthcare, devised an innovative model of running hospitals with the minimum CAPEX (an Asset Light Model).
Dr. Naveen Nishchal represents India as an Ambassador to the European Innovation Academy and is actively involved in mentoring and building entrepreneurs in India and abroad. He is the Chairman of ‘’Voice of Healthcare’’ a policy think tank advocating Govt. in policy reforms.
Director – Innovations, Cygnus Hospitals
Dr. Sudhir Gupta is one of the co-founders & Director of CYGNUS Group of Hospitals. He hails from a small town of Haryana and graduated from the Medical College, Rohtak in 1986.He is an accomplished Radiologist and headed the department of Radio diagnosis for 15 years at a large hospital in West Delhi. He is credited with the development of the department from a single ultrasound machine to the present status of a teaching department for DNB (Radiology).
After his successful career as Chief Radiologist, Dr. Sudhir headed the same hospital as President of the Board of Governors for more than two years and made significant changes to drive the quality through processes and HR policies and IT. He also has a unique experience of working with a HCL group company as application specialist for their CT scan, MRI and ultrasound business for four years in 1993-96.
After this, he left for his own venture, i.e. Cygnus Medicare (P) Ltd. Since 2012, he has been on the board and has looked after various portfolios like Operations of the flagship hospital, and IT, Quality, Innovations & Business development at corporate level.
Dr. Gupta is the President of Delhi state Chapter of Indian Radiology & Imaging Association for 2016-17. He has a very special interest in social work and is presently on board of NGO’s, ‘Sarthak’(working for the disabled) & Sumvikas(working for slum children).
Director – Business Development, Cygnus Hospitals
Dr. Shuchin Bajaj is the Promoter and Founder Director of Cygnus Hospitals, and is currently heading the Business Development, Branding, Marketing, Fund Raising & overall management responsibilities within the organization.
Dr. Bajaj is a highly qualified medical scholar. After completing his MBBS from PGIMS, Rohtak, Dr. Bajaj did his Doctorate in Internal Medicine (M.D.) from Dr. S.N. Medical College, Jodhpur in 2004. He has also completed the certified professional course on Diabetes Management and Total Control from American Academy of Continuing Medical Education, USA, in 2008 and Advanced Program in Cardiac Emergencies from Boston University in 2014. Dr. Bajaj is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and King’s College London.
Dr. Bajaj was also the founder & CEO of Altius Healthcare from 2008 to 2012, and in many ways, this was the start of his dream to provide world class healthcare to the underprivileged and underserved communities. The merger of Cygnus & Altius Healthcare gave his vision a tremendous boost and enabled the organization to grow into a chain of 11 super specialty hospitals with concrete plans to grow to 25 hospitals in the next two years.
Dr. Bajaj has been associated with Cygnus since its inception and has independently led the organization in planning, Implementation and monitoring of various projects/hospitals being run under its aegis apart from the overall administration of the organization. Despite being an extremely busy medical professional, he has put an equitable emphasis on his social responsibilities and is on Board of numerous prominent NGOs as Advisor-health programs.
In 2015, Dr. Bajaj was awarded the much coveted “Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership & Excellence “by the British Government‘s Foreign & Commonwealth Office at King’s College, London. In addition to numerous other awards and accolades, Dr. Bajaj has also received the “World Wide Achievers Health Care Excellence Award 2014” for Healthcare Excellence in Internal Medicine in Delhi and NCR and was also awarded the” Best Consultant in Internal Medicine in Delhi 2012” by the Time Research Media Foundation.
Director – Projects, Cygnus Hospitals
Mr. Sunil Bhayana is one of the director at Cygnus Group of Hospitals, His responsibilities include Design, develop and implement new projects plans for basic set up and installation of machines in upcoming hospitals for Cygnus. Specifically he handle projects team and explores new opportunities to drive disciplined growth, and scale infrastructure growth. He also doubled up to manage all Accounts and financial functions and have been instrumental in setting up Cygnus Orthocare Hospital and worked as interim CEO until the new management team was appointed.
He is a performance driven and insightful leader with proven ability to achieve and exceed business- development goals in high-pressure environments. His core strengths lies in Relationship-development proficiency that complements the ability to aggressively build solid client base, his comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience in medical device distribution and retail proved to be an asset for driving business growth for Cygnus Medicare.
He has proven leadership and team building skills, coupled with the ability to direct strong teams for achieving positive business results by developing business processes and identifying new markets Successful in achieving milestones in terms of sales and service or product selection and placement.