– The 5th LA radiotherapy equipment was inaugurated in the presence of dignitaries from Verizon India & Adyar Cancer Institute
Chennai, September 21, 2023: Verizon India, an IT & Technology GCC (Global Capability Centre) and the Adyar Cancer Institute, a Chennai based not-for-profit institution dedicated to the service of cancer patients today jointly unveiled a Linear Accelerator, a specialized machine used for cancer treatment. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Mr. Sowmyanarayan Sampath, the Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Consumer Group, Mr. Vijayaraman Subramanian, the Vice President and Managing Director of Verizon India and Dr. Hemanth Raj, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Adyar Cancer Institute and other key representatives.
A medical linear accelerator (LINAC) customizes high energy x-rays or electrons to conform to a tumor’s shape and destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissue. An average of 65-70 patients are treated per day per Linear Accelerator, out of which 60% patients are potentially curable. The equipment also helps with reduction of pain and other symptoms ensuring a good quality of life for patients undergoing cancer treatment. The inaugurated Linear Accelerator equipment will help around 650 cancer patients per year.
Highlighting the importance of the project, Mr. Sowmyanarayan Sampath, Chief Executive Officer for Verizon’s consumer unit, said, “At Verizon, we are committed to the communities we operate in. We are honored to be able to contribute to Adyar Cancer Institute’s mission of providing access to world-class healthcare facilities to patients across every social strata.”
Highlighting on the association with Verizon India, Dr. Hemanth Raj, Executive Vice Chairman, Cancer Institute(WIA) said that this Linear Accelerator is a versatile equipment and it will be used to treat all socio-economic categories of patients. “We are extremely grateful to Verizon India for generously contributing a significant amount for this very expensive treatment plant. This timely help by Verizon India will go a long way in helping our patients,”added Dr. Hemanth.
It is ingrained in Verizon’s culture to share its success with the communities around where it works, a belief that is central to Verizon’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India. Verizon India’s CSR activities encompasses all the activities that Verizon India initiates, undertakes or supports, either directly or through partnering organizations for the betterment of the community around, in conformity with the requirements of Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013. Apart from providing financial assistance as per the statutory requirement, Verizon India also provides technology support and encourages volunteering activities by employees. The community initiatives undertaken at Verizon India are in the core areas of Digital Inclusion, Human Prosperity, Climate Protection. Through these programmes, Verizon has touched millions of lives across the country, providing hope and new lease of life, creating opportunities, bridging the digital divide and creating a positive impact in the community.