Health Focus

Dec 07, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Hemas group has officially opened a new 1.5 billion rupee hospital in Wattala, north of the capital Colombo, saying the move marks its entry into the healthcare service industry. The 100-bed Hemas Hospital was built in collaboration with the Columbia Asia Hospital Chain, a hospital operator in Asia, Murtaza Esufally, chairman Hemas Hospitals, said in a statement.

It said the Hemas Wattala Hospital is a family hospital which caters to the medical needs of the entire family, ranging from paediatrics to geriatrics, and a children’s play area to high-tech Intensive Care Unit.

The hospital had its soft opening with limited operations in August this year and has already handled over 10,000 in-house and visiting patients to date.

The Hemas Group is the major investor and will be the managers of the hospital which was completed in 18 months as planned.

It has as strategic investors Columbia Asia, clothing exporter Brandix, tea exporter MJF Holdings and other high net worth international investors, the statement said.

Columbia Asia is an international chain of hospitals operating in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and several other Asian countries.

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