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Multimillion-dollar medical facility for Mobay

Published:Wednesday | May 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From Left: Project manager Deighton Levee; architect, Robert Woodstock; GWest Centre director Dennis Samuels; Glendon Harris, mayor of Montego Bay; and Dr Konrad Kirlew, managing director, GWest, at the ground-breaking ceremony of the multimillion-dollar GWest Centre in Fairview, Montego Bay, yesterday morning. - Contributed Photo

Ground was broken yesterday on a Montego Bay-based US$15-million state-of-the-art medical facility to serve Jamaican and international clients.

GWest Centre was conceptualised as a medical and professional centre offering a wide range of general and specialist services. It will include well-established practices such as Radiology West, Facial and Oral Surgery Associates, NorthCoast MRI, the Heart Smart Centre, Vein Centres of Jamaica, a medical lab, a large pharmacy, Cornwall Medical and Dental, a large ambulatory surgery centre with overnight beds, general practice, and urgent-care clinics.

The facility will also offer physical therapy and dialysis services.

Non-medical business professionals will also offer services in the facility, including legal and real estate companies. Construction has commenced, and opening is slated for the last quarter of 2015.

GWest was developed by a group of Jamaican doctors and investors. The facility's services will extend from routine check-ups to major surgery. Specialists from elsewhere in Jamaica, the United States and the Caribbean will periodically provide consultations and perform procedures.

"GWest represents an approach not often seen in Jamaica," according to Dr Konrad Kirlew, the managing director of GWest. "Typically, our medical facilities have been solo practice or hospital-based. GWest provides the opportunity for independent medical practitioners to be part of a cooperatative health- delivery system. By assembling a critical mass of services in one building, it provides convenience for patients and fosters collaboration among physicians and other medical providers."

BY JAMAICANS, FOR JAMAICANS

One of centre's directors, Dr Ladi Doonquah, said that the GWest Centre was developed by Jamaicans, for Jamaicans.

"Our goal is to provide a framework for our colleagues to practise in a modern, caring environment, and for patients to benefit from that care. To that end, the GWest Centre will be accredited to international standards and we will provide medical-tourism services," he added.

Located in the Fairview corridor of Montego Bay, GWest will be housed in an exquisite four-storey, 60,000-square foot building strategically designed to be environmentally efficient and friendly. The centre will have underground and surface parking space for more than 140 vehicles. Its modern accommodation will facilitate emergency-ambulance access and special-needs clients who are wheelchair-mobile.