Breaking Ground

Chandi Dharmaratne

May 2, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Hemas Holdings PLC group on Wednesday broke ground for their third hospital, catering to tens of thousands of people living in the east of the capital of Colombo, an official said. Situated in Thalawatugoda, some 14 kilometers off Colombo, the 1.3 billion rupee 50-bed hospital is due to open in April 2013, Hemas Hospitals Chairman, Murtaza Esufally told LBO.

Hemas currently has hospitals in the southern town of Galle and Wattala, just north of Colombo.

“With four-years of experience in hospitals, the consultants, the patients are confident with our work. We have established a brand name that the board was confident of taking on the third project,” Esufally said.

He said the Galle and Wattala hospitals combined, have a customer base in excess of 500,000, carried out some 5,000 surgeries, delivered 2,000 babies and conducted over 1.5 million laboratory tests.

“We are confident the business model will work for us in the third hospital, he said.

Hemas, which has investments in personal care, manufacturing, power, pharmaceuticals and transport, is largely controlled by the Esufally family.

The company works with the Sri Lanka’s Open University and Aquinas