$100million American medical centre for Barbados
PHOENIX, USA, Wednesday September 5, 2012 – Healthcare tourism in Barbados is expected to receive a boost following the announcement of a partnership between Winners Development and American World Clinics (AWC) to jointly develop an international medical centre in the island.
The $100 million project will be located on a 21.5-acre site in the northern parish of St Peter and represents AWC's first site in a global development programme for the export of American medicine to the international community.
The project’s centrepiece, a surgical specialty hospital, is designed to serve international medical travellers and local patients in the Caribbean. It will feature 60 inpatient beds, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capabilities, 12 operating rooms, an interventional lab, and state of the art facilities for diagnostics and therapeutics.
Multidisciplinary clinic space, including dental and concierge medicine, will be located adjacent to the hospital.
Winners Development has created and collaborated on hospital and healthcare projects throughout the United States and views their relationship with AWC as an opportunity to expand in the growing global health market.
The collaboration calls on Winners Development to manage project funding, construction and campus development, with AWC providing operational expertise, staffing, and marketing for AWC-Barbados.
According to Lee Ploszaj, president and CEO of Winners, his team will be joining the American World Clinics team in Barbados from September 23 to 27 to meet with business and government leaders and move developmental and planning aspects of the project forward. The facility is expected to open in 2015.
"We believe AWC has developed a unique business model predicated on best clinical practices and the highest levels of service, and we're extremely excited to be a part of this project," Ploszaj said.
Paul Angelchik MD, chairman and CEO of American World Clinics, stated, "We welcome to AWC-Barbados the experience and high quality expertise which Winners Companies brings to our project. With their development leadership and a shared vision of excellence, they are a perfect fit to help us set new standards in global health care services delivery."