The city-based Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals group would open a multi-speciality hospital near Miami in the U.S in two years as part of its expansion plan, a top official said.

“We will be commencing a 2,000-bed multi-speciality hospital in Cayman Island, a 50 minute drive from Miami,” Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman of the group, told PTI here.

“Over 1,000 doctors, nurses and medical staff will work at the hospital. Most of the doctors will be from India while some will be from the US,” he said.

“We also have plans to build an over 500-bed multi-speciality hospital in Malaysia. Some real estate agencies there are willing to construct the building for us”, Dr. Shetty said.

He said Karnataka government had allotted 14 acres of land to the group in Mysore to start a 2,000-bed ‘health city’.

“Hopefully, we will commence the project within two years.”

As part of expanding its presence across the country, the group would launch a 5,000-bed multi-speciality hospital in Ahmedabad next year and a 1400-bed such hospital in Jaipur by end of March next year, Dr. Shetty said.

Dr. Shetty said the group had commenced cardiac surgical facilties in some medical college hospitals, including the M S Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, SDM Medical College in Dharwad and Jalappa Memorial Medical College in Kolar in Karnataka.

“We are contemplating to start one such a facility in Davanagere Medical College”, he said.

Dr. Shetty said the group had a telemedicine network through a pan African satellite in 53 cities in Africa and also in Malayasia. “We are looking at other Asian countries for starting the network, especially Indonesia”, he said.

“As far as India is concerned, some state governments are in the process of setting up telemedicine centres and we are going to tie-up with them”, he said.

At present over 20 per cent of the patients treated by the group’s hospitals were foreigners, mainly from Middle East, Africa and other Asian countries.

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