Developers of the proposed Shetty medical tourism hospital have hired local company Clan Construction to be the general contractor on the project.
Clan Construction will supervise and build the first phase of the Narayana Cayman University Medical Centre, the official name for Dr. Devi Shetty’s healthcare city, on 50 acres of land in High Rock in East End. It is estimated that up to 300 construction workers would be employed at peak construction period of phase one of the project, which consists of a 140-bed hospital.
Ground breaking is expected to be done in August this year.
Project director Gene Thompson said a design/build agreement had been signed with Clan Construction, owned by Neil Armstrong. DeAngelis Diamond Health Care Group of Naples, Florida, which provides specialty services for construction of state-of-the-art hospitals and healthcare facilities, will assist with the project, Mr. Thompson added.
Mr. Armstrong said that his firm would employ “as many Caymanians as possible” on the site and that preference would be given to both local subcontractors and local suppliers of equipment and materials.
Providing employment and benefits to Caymanians was a “requirement” that had been stressed to Clan Construction during the contract negotiations, Mr. Armstrong said.
“Mr. Thompson has indicated that we will be on an extremely aggressive construction timeline,” Mr. Armstrong said, “and we are prepared to staff up and begin work once the preliminary site preparation work has been completed.”
The hospital is expected to open to its first patients in September or October 2013.
For more on this story, read Tuesday’s Caymanian Compass.