Ascension Health Partners With Indian Health System to Build Health "City" in Grand Cayman

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Ascension Health Alliance, the parent of Ascension Health, the nation's largest healthcare system, has partnered with Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals of India to build a $2 billion "healthcare city" in Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands. 

The project — the brainchild of Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals Chairman and Managing Director Devi Prasad Shetty, MD, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon — is scheduled to break ground in August. It will be built in phases over 15 years on a 200-acre site, and will include a tertiary-care hospital, an educational facility, a biotech park and an assisted living community. Phase one will be approximately 140 beds expected to open in early 2013. The hospital will seek accreditation by Joint Commission International, the international arm of The Joint Commission.

Ascension Health Alliance will provide facilities planning, supply chain management and biomedical engineering services to the project, while Narayana Hrudayalaya will provide technical input and direction to the Cayman team.

"Ascension Health has been working with Dr. Shetty for two years to explore ways to adapt his success at providing high-quality healthcare at low cost," said Anthony R. Tersigni, president and CEO of Ascension Health Alliance. "We're excited to be part of this venture.Together, we are committed to bring first-rate healthcare provided in a world-class setting."

The multi-specialty hospital will provide services not widely available in the region such as open-heart/bypass surgery, angioplasty, heart-valve replacement, cancer treatment, bone-marrow transplant, nuclear medicine, organ transplant and orthopedics. Once complete, the hospital will house as many as 2,000 beds.

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