CAYMAN ISLANDS (February 19, 2021) – Health City Cayman Islands has announced its plans to move forward with the expansion of its facilities with the construction of a $100 million medical campus at Camana Bay that will increase patient access and further elevate medical and surgical care in the Cayman Islands. In agreement with Dart, the hospital will be called Health City Camana Bay.
Mr Shomari Scott, Chief Business Officer at Health City Cayman Islands said expanding to where the majority of the population lives and works allows for better logistics and treatment for patients, especially when dealing with oncology and palliative care.
“We understand the burden placed on patients who need to travel back and forth to East End for their care,” he said. “We want and need to make health care easier, more comfortable and more convenient for our community.”
“Health City has provided life-changing and life-saving medical care for the people of the Cayman Islands for nearly 7 years. This new investment is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to the community and the thousands of patients who trust us to care for them.”
Taking an innovative and long-range view of healthcare needs in Cayman and regionally, this state-of-the-art medical campus will become the first hospital in the region to offer bone marrow transplantation and CAR-T Cell therapy. The advanced oncology department will include Medical oncology, Hemato-oncology, Surgical oncology and Radiation oncology. The hospital will also include a robust multi-specialty programme which includes robotic surgery, a neonatal intensive care unit, emergency pavilion and critical care.
Health City Camana Bay will be located to the south of the recently-expanded Cayman International School, at the intersection of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and the new Airport Connector Road.
Health City Cayman Islands is renowned for its comprehensive, highly specialised and complex services. The new services being offered from the Health City Camana Bay campus will bring it closer to its mission of providing comprehensive medical services at a world class level. This expanded offering will reduce and, in some cases, eliminate the need for travelling off island to receive the highest quality care.
“We are an integrated, multi-specialty organisation, that puts the needs of the patient first. We see our service not as individual doctors, but as a team effort of all specialties working together and caring for patients,” Mr Scott said. “The opening of our Camana Bay campus will mean we have all specialities and sub-specialities covered, and all of the resources available to get the best care and best possible outcomes for our patients.”
“We are confident that the new facilities will help close healthcare accessibility gaps, provide robust healthcare security, and radically improve medical outcomes for the people of the Cayman Islands both in the immediate future and in the years to come.”
Cayman Islands Premier the Hon. Alden M. McLaughlin Jr. said the government was pleased to support Health City’s medical campus expansion.
“This is yet another multimillion-dollar investment in the Cayman Islands that will benefit our people and our economy. It is, especially in these times, a powerful statement of confidence in our economic future as well as confidence in the Government,” he said. “This project will be of great benefit to our communities both in terms of the health services it will provide and also with regards to the employment opportunities it will offer.”
Minister of Health the Hon. Dwayne Seymour said the project was a major step in ensuring all Caymanians and residents of Cayman, regardless of geography, had access to a sustainable health care system.
“Health City Cayman Islands continues to be an increasingly important health care institution that is helping us achieve our vision to provide affordable, world-class health care for our people. We are pleased to support the proposed medical campus, which will allow us to expand the country’s healthcare security, increase the services offered within the islands, and elevate the facilities and Cayman, both at home and throughout the Caribbean,” he said.
Health City Cayman Islands is not requesting any additional concessions outside of its original agreement with the Cayman Islands government, and the services the expansion will provide continue to fall within the scope of the previously planned phases.
Dart Chief Executive Officer Mark VanDevelde said the projects aligns with Dart’s established track record of successful partnerships investing in innovations in healthcare, education and infrastructure that benefit the wider community.
“Dart is pleased to welcome Health City, a world leader in patient-focused medical care, to Camana Bay,” VanDevelde said. “Health City’s decision to build their new campus at Camana Bay reflects our shared belief in the importance of planning for the long term and investing in ways that improve the lives of current and future generations.
“With the landfill under remediation and new road infrastructure being built, Camana Bay’s continued growth is further testament to the private sector’s confidence in the country. The benefits of this type of collaboration between private and public sectors include economic activity, STEM education and training, and diversification of career opportunities.”
The facility is estimated to take 12 to 18 months to complete, contributing economic stimulation both during construction and post-construction.
Dr Binoy Chattuparambil, Clinical Director and Senior Cardiac Surgeon at Health City Cayman Islands, said having a campus close to where the majority of people live and work would mean more lives saved – both adults and children.
“There are many incidences where time plays a significant role in the outcome of a treatment or even the life of a patient – heart attack, stroke and polytrauma are typical examples where time is life. Hours, minutes and seconds matter, so being centrally located will add much benefit to the quality of life and saving of many others,” he said.
“Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will mean far fewer babies will have to travel overseas. Transporting a baby that requires urgent advanced medical care carries significant risk and can have a definitive adverse outcome as time is very precious for these babies,” he said. “A facility close to George Town will greatly improve the outcome for these newborns.”
As part of its commitment to the Cayman Islands, Health City is also intending to increase its presence in the Sister Islands with the opening of an office in Cayman Brac. Health City physicians will provide much needed accessible specialist healthcare and alleviate the need for patients to travel to Grand Cayman for outpatient follow ups and checkups.
During construction of the new medical campus, Health City Cayman Islands will open a smaller, satellite location within Camana Bay, for which it has already earmarked clinical space. This space will be integrated within the larger proposed facility when it is complete.
“Health City looks to the future with excitement as we plan to make an even greater impact on the quality of healthcare for Caymanians and to adding further economic benefits for medical tourism. We will continue to be the flagship for medical tourism, making the Cayman Islands one of the most recognised countries for medical services in the Caribbean and beyond,” Mr Scott said. “We are committed to continuing to deliver on our promises and look forward to the government’s support with our new project plan.”