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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Apollo Hospitals to spread wings in Bangalore

The Apollo Hospitals group has set the initial steps for building its network in Bangalore. Its multi-speciality 250-bed hospital will be formally launched in January 2007, and the group has already acquired two smaller facilities in north Bangalore.

In the next two years, Apollo would have six or seven facilities in Bangalore functioning as a hub and spoke model, said Apollo Hospitals Bangalore CEO V P Kamath.

The Rs 155-crore multi-speciality hospital has already begun functioning with the out-patient department, day care centre, diagnostics and emergency working in full swing. Operative procedures and in-patient facilities will be opened along with the formal launch next month.

The key focus areas of the hospital would be cardiology, orthopaedics, neurology, oncology, gastroenterology and ENT, Mr Kamath said. The hospital has the provision to add 200 beds, which would be done in the second phase by 2008.

The smaller facilities in the city would concentrate on different specialities. Of the two already acquired, one would be a specialised cardiac centre and the other a nephro and urology centre, Mr Kamath said.

“These are 70-80 bedded hospitals. One of the facilities will be launched in January and the other by April. The third one would be for cosmetology and paediatrics.”

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