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  • A $2.3 billion state-of-the-art private hospital was officially opened in Rose Hall, St. James, on October 8.
  • The first world facility - Hospiten Montego Bay - is the only private Jamaican hospital with an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), outside the city of Kingston, and will be catering to the medical needs of both local and overseas patients.
  • He noted that Hospiten is a family-owned company involved in the field of medicine since the 1960s, and that its founders, all physicians, have instilled the importance of offering those who turn to them for care, the very best of attention.

A $2.3 billion state-of-the-art private hospital was officially opened in Rose Hall, St. James, on October 8.

The first world facility – Hospiten Montego Bay –  is the only private Jamaican hospital with an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), outside the city of Kingston, and will be catering to the medical needs of both local and overseas patients.

“We are here to stay, to offer our experience, to generate wealth and employment,”  said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Hospiten Group, Juan Jose Hernandez.

“We believe that an exceptional tourist destination as Jamaica cannot continue developing without medical services of an international standard. From a health care point of view, we are here to attend to the resident population of the entire north coast of Jamaica…from the birth of children to small emergencies…to prevent illnesses or for more complex interventions,” he said.

He noted that Hospiten is a family-owned company involved in the field of medicine since the 1960s, and that its founders, all physicians, have instilled the importance of offering those who turn to them for care, the very best of attention.

Mr. Hernandez said the company sealed its commitment to Jamaica five years ago when it purchased the neighbouring Montego Bay Hope Medical Centre, catering to a large number of Jamaicans.

The Hospiten Group has a reputation worldwide for excellence. Their specialised services include: gynaecology and obstetrics, general medicine, Orthopaedics and trauma, cardiology, urology and internal medicine, general surgery, ophthalmology, ENT, neurosurgery, paediatrics/neonatology, dermatology and dentistry.

“In its first phase, Hospiten Montego Bay will have a 24-hour emergency room, a 22-bed hospitalisation area, a five-bed ICU, a clinical analysis lab, and outpatient service,” Mr. Hernandez said.

Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, who also spoke at the opening, said it is only fitting that a medical facility like Hospiten Montego Bay should be housed in the city, the tourism capital of Jamaica.

“This hospital is the only one of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean,” the Minister noted.

For his part, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said Hospiten’s investment and operations in the tourism belt have coincided with the massive new investments valued at approximately US$500 million now taking place in the tourism sector.

“I note with satisfaction that all your hospitals are endorsed by the strictest international norms of quality assurance and environmental management, thereby meeting all requisite technical and safety standards,” the Minister said.