Dr. Devi Shetty’s Health City Cayman Islands admitted its first patient this week.
The hospital’s first local patient underwent a cardiac procedure performed by chief interventional cardiologist and electrophysiologist, Dr. Ravi Kishore, on Tuesday.
After the opening of the facility on Feb. 25, officials had anticipated welcoming the hospital’s first patients by March 10, but the process was delayed.
Health City also welcomed its first international patients this past week, according to officials.
“We are pleased to announce this day has finally arrived and we are now officially delivering the highest level of tertiary-care services and patient care in our new, state-of-the-art facility,” said Dr. Chandy Abraham, medical and facility director.
The occasion marks the 107,000-square-foot facility becoming fully operational.
“We are grateful for the hard work of our dedicated doctors and staff who have made it possible for us to reach this historical day,” said Dr. Abraham.
The hospital offers complex cardiac care on island that would have otherwise been dealt with overseas, officials say.
“Health City provides expanded tertiary medical care in the areas of cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, specialty orthopedics and pulmonology, which negates the need for many Cayman Islands residents to travel to the U.S. for this specialized medical care,” said Dr. Abraham.
“Not only does this provide a more cost-effective option for treatment, but it means local patients can undergo surgery and recovery with the support of their family close by,” he added.
He said local patients needing cardiac care can be referred to Health City.
“We have started consultations and scheduling of appointments and procedures and are looking forward to further engaging our guests and patients in the future,” Dr. Abraham said.
Work is expected to begin later this year on a hotel and residences next to the 140-bed facility in East End. A medical university and an assisted-care living community are also planned. Over the next decade, the hospital expects to expand to a 2,000-bed facility.