Gwest Medical centre opens out west
The Gwest Medical Centre is not only a one-stop shopping mall, but has unique qualities that will make it a resounding success, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
In fact, Holness, in his speech during the opening of the multimillion-dollar facility, expressed how pleased he was to see a facility of this nature in the tourism capital of Montego Bay, noting that Jamaica now has a golden opportunity to make an aggressive push into medical tourism.
"In short, this is a shopping mall for medical services. It is a patient-centric, all-inclusive offering in a quality, internationally accredited environment right at home in Jamaica," he said.
In addition to the local persons being targeted, the global growth in the flow of patients and health professionals has made medical tourism one of the fastest-growing value-added products in the hospitality sector. The prime minister pointed this out during the ceremony, which attracted more than 350 guests at the Fairview Office Complex.
Holness said it was delightful to witness the wide array of medical services being offered by Gwest, noting the fact that the company provides patient-centred, personalised and comprehensive health care to individuals and families, which will endear it to the people of Montego Bay and surrounding communities.
"Persons will be thrilled to know that they can enjoy a one-stop location for all their wellness and health-care needs," he said.
Underground parking, backup power and water provided for the public's convenience are just a few of the elements that this 60,000-square-foot multipurpose building, which sits on four levels, has added to the medical landscape.
In a short while, the facility will also be going public on the junior stock exchange. The offer, which is being arranged by JMMB Securities, will give the public a chance to own a piece of this growing company.
"Capital to be raised from the stock market will be applied towards the build-out of phase two of the complex," noted renowned radiologist Dr Konrad Kirlew, managing director at Gwest.
With even better things on the cards, GWest will be adding a surgery and eight-bed overnight centre that will come on stream next year.