The Wockhardt Hospitals Group is planning expansion of its super-speciality hospital chain with a 280-bed hospital in Delhi, and bigger units in Kolkata and Bangalore.//
"We have embarked on the construction of a new hospital at Pitampura (in west Delhi) which would be ready by 2007-end. We also plan Greenfield projects in Bangalore and Kolkata," Vishal Bali, the chain's vice president, told IANS.
Unlike the existing 110-bed cardiac care hospital in Bangalore, the second hospital will be a 400-bed unit focusing on cardiology, orthopaedics, neuro-surgery and women's health.
The construction of the new hospital is to be completed by March 2006.
The second hospital in Kolkata will be a 275-bed facility, bigger than the existing 120-bed hospital.
Apart from the three new hospitals, the pharma and biotech major Wockhardt group is looking at second rung cities like Nagpur where it acquired a 100-bed hospital to turn it around into the only super-speciality cardiac care hospital in the vicinity.
Over the next two to three years, the Wockhardt group plans to invest Rs.5 billion ($110 million) in setting up the three hospitals while exploring opportunities in other cities.
"Our target is to create community-centric hospitals which we hope would be acceptable and beneficial to the community," said Bali.
"We have already proved this in Mumbai, where the advent of Wockhardt Hospital has seen a 25 percent dip in the cost of cardiac vascular surgery," Bali told IANS.
An associate hospital of the Harvard Medical International, the Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai received the coveted accreditation from the US-based Joint Commission International (JCI) in October for a more transparent system of patient care.
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi is the only other hospital in the country to have received the JCI accreditation.
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