Bangalore, Karnataka -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/23/2012 -- "Healthcare facilities in the US and its neighbouring countries will be transformed in the next few years," said Tony Terssiani, CEO of Ascension Health, the largest non-profit hospital chain in the US. He was speaking to TOI over a telecon on the occasion of the launch of the chain's joint venture with Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore.
"We believe this joint venture will bring quality healthcare to Cayman Islands and will be useful for the poor and needy of the US. For about 200 years, our mission has been to provide best healthcare facilities to all sections of America. Our mission is to reach out to most of the population, if not across the world then at least in and around the US," said Terssiani.
Ascension Health manages over 17,000 beds in the US. The health city envisaged in Grand Cayman will comprise a large superspecialty hospital and an institution to train doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, besides offering assisted living facility. Narayana Hrudayalaya has already acquired 50 acres of land for the project.
The government of Cayman Islands has agreed to recognize Indian degrees for medical nursing and paramedical staff and has waived of eligibility tests. The press conference on Wednesday was attended by Premier Bush, prime minister of Cayman Islands; Mark Scotland, health minister; John Doyle, head (strategies) for Ascension; Dr Devi Shetty, chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya, and Dr Raghuvanshi, CEO, Narayana Hrudayalaya group.