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2 years in, Health City expanding beyond its own expectations

Just two years after Health City Cayman Islands opened its doors to much fanfare, the hospital says it’s finding itself expanding its offerings faster than anticipated.

The hospital has opened a satellite office in Canada, and has announced it will break ground on a residential unit next month.

“In the future when you google for the best heart hospital in the world. It will be Health City Cayman Islands,” said Dr. Devi Shetty to applause at the hospital’s official opening ceremony back in 2014.

“We now have neurosurgery, spine surgery, bariatric surgery, general surgery,” said HCCI marketing director Shomari Scott, who says the hospital is delivering on its promise to lure patients from North America. “We’ve been listening to the market and in regards to what they need from outside of Cayman, and we’ve been adding those specialties quicker than we thought we would.”

Last week Health City opened a satellite office in Canada, hoping to capitalise on the long wait times for certain procedures under the country’s socialised medical system.

“The wait times may be 12 months to 16 months over 20 months, and therefore, persons who have the disposable income who don’t necessarily want to deal with that pain for a year or more are looking for solutions outside of Canada,” said Mr. Scott, who told Cayman 27 the hospital has already seen a handful of referrals from its foray into the Canadian marketplace.

He said more specialties and more construction are in the works.

“What’s actually next is we are building the condo units, in order for those patients that need to have a little bit longer stay, so they can be on site, and that’s supposed to break ground next month,” said Mr. Scott.

He said with each milestone surgery and each new specialty, Health City is making its case for patients here and abroad.

Mr. Scott says Health City’s Canadian office has partnered with doctors in Canada to provide after care for patients who choose to have medical procedures performed in Cayman.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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