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Cayman comprehensive cancer treatment centre to open by 2019

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Narayana Health, the Indian healthcare giant behind Health City Cayman Islands, has announced a December 2019 completion date for a multimillion-dollar comprehensive cancer treatment centre at its existing campus in Grand Cayman.

Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, vice-chairman, managing director and group chief executive officer of Narayana Health, said the state-of-the-art centre will be housed in a new purpose-built building at the tertiary care facility's East End, Grand Cayman location, and that the groundbreaking is expected in September this year.

The facility, to include accommodations for overseas patients and all-inclusive cancer care, will be the first comprehensive cancer care centre in the Caribbean.

It will provide medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation under one roof, in addition to offering bone marrow transplant (BMT) services.

"Once again, Narayana Health and Health City Cayman Islands will bring medical advancement to the region, while fulfilling a vital need in the Caribbean's healthcare landscape," said Dr Raghuvanshi.

The hospital already has a medical oncology facility with a five-bed daycare chemotherapy unit.

Health City Cayman Islands Clinical Director Dr Binoy Chattuparambil said: "Health City Cayman Islands continues to follow our mission to transform the delivery of healthcare in the Caribbean and beyond. As we expand our oncology services, we are committed to remaining on the forefront of medical innovation, while maintaining our patient-centric focus on providing high-quality, compassionate and affordable care."

Dr Chattuparambil emphasised that Health City's new cancer treatment centre will work hand in hand with the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, as well as private physicians, to ensure that local patients receive seamless and comprehensive treatment through a collaborative and holistic approach.

Health City's founder, the world-renowned surgeon and philanthropist Dr Devi Shetty, has positioned the facility as an example for the rest of the world to follow.

Speaking at the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong in March, he said: "We built Health City with the idea of transforming healthcare of the Caribbean region and the Western Hemisphere - and perhaps the rest of the world. We have a phenomenal opportunity to use technology and make healthcare safer, (accessible and affordable) for the patient."