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July 08, 2011

Barbados Set to Build World-Class Hospital to Serve Global Medical Tourism Market

To provide the highest standard of medical care to an international clientele, Invest Barbados is set to build a new world-class hospital that will be built on the site of the former St. Joseph Hospital as part of a long-term development program.

 According to a press release, this hospital will also offer several specialty treatment centers, biotechnology research companies and patient accommodation facilities to the country over the next five years. 

Wayne Kirton, the CEO of Invest Barbados said, “This exciting initiative brings a national asset back into productive use in a way that will generate foreign exchange, international investment and tax revenue,  as well as  employment and skills training and technology transfer.”

 Dr. Paul Angelchik, a plastic surgeon from Phoenix, Arizona and CEO of AWC said, “Our role is to support what is, we believe, the most respected healthcare brand in the world--board-certified American physicians--and we believe that Barbados has the quality of life, educational facilities, and technological resources to enable us to achieve our strategic goals as quickly as possible.”

Barbados' Minister of Health, the Hon. Donville Inniss said, “It is the opportunity for Barbadian healthcare professionals to work alongside leading US surgeons in employing the latest medical techniques and equipment to improve patient outcomes, while medical care will primarily be provided U.S. physicians and healthcare specialists, Barbadian professionals will be able to collaborate with them on a daily basis in working with patients.”

The estimated construction and equipment cost of the first phase of foreign investment is approximately BDS$92 million, providing jobs for about 200 Barbadians.

Robert Priddy, an experienced healthcare executive and AWC President added, “We have been particularly impressed by the prudence and sophistication that the Government of Barbados has demonstrated in considering our proposal, we intend to work with its officials closely in the years ahead to meet the interests not only of our physician-members, but also of the people of Barbados.”

Mandira Srivastava is a HealthTechZone contributor. She works as a full-time writer, ghostwriter and blogger, and has more than two years of experience in print and Web media. She has also worked on company brochures, website content and product descriptions, as well as proofreading and editing content. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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