Aster Medcity: Placing Kochi in the global healthcare map more visibly

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KOCHI: Placing Kochi in the global healthcare map more visibly, the first phase of Aster Medcity will commence operation at South Chittoor in Cheranelloor panchayat this month.

With 575 beds, the first phase will have cardiac sciences, orthopaedics, neurosciences, nephrology and urology centres of excellence (COE). The remaining five COEs – oncology,  gastroenterology and hepatology, Women’s Health, Child Health and

Adolescent Medicine and Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics – will be operational by September. For the first time in South India, robotic surgery will be introduced at Aster Medcity, said Dr Harish Pillai, Chief Executive Officer, Aster Medcity.

Developed on 40 acres of land, Aster Medcity will have 3.2 million sqft built-up area in two phases and 1,075 beds altogether. Giving a facelift to the healthcare concept itself, upon fully completion, Medcity will have township to accommodate around 10,000 people, 4-star hotels and serviced apartments, helipad and boat jetty and 500-seat medical convention centre. The large healthcare facility cater to a total work force of 2,500, 20 per cent of which will be doctors.

“Though we have many hospitals in the state, people go to other states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for better treatment. Aster Medcity is hopeful to curb this exodus with our service. At Aster, we provide the latest technology available in the sector but at affordable rate. Our major focus will be the people in the state. Apart from that we also have plans to attract patients from GCC, SAARC and African countries. The role of Aster will be significant in transforming Kochi into a global healthcare hub,” said Dr Harish Pillai.

He added that DM Healthcare, the promoters of Aster Medcity, will have 5,000-bed hospitals up its sleeve in two years. “DM Healthcare plans to open hospitals in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai through acquisitions or building own hospitals. In Kerala, we look to start hospitals in Kottayam, Alappuzha and Thrissur districts. The E-ICU facility, where the details of the patient is being entered automatically, will be introduced at Aster Medcity for the first time in South India,” he added. He said that DM Healthcare is all set to get listed in the stock exchange in India in 18 months and the initial procedures are on.

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