Ceremony held for Ethio-American Hospital’s first phase of the Medical City Center
A ground breaking ceremony was held for the Ethio-American Hospital’s first phase of the Medical City Center which is expected to begin operating by December 2019. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attended the event and laid a corner stone to establish the hospital which is developed by the Ethio-American Doctors Medical City Plc.
“Our doors remain open for consultations and discussion with Ethio – American Doctors groups who brought this grand idea of building a state of the art medical center. We need a hospital we can refer patients to that need high quality treatment. This center will save the outflow of about 120 million USD a year that Ethiopians spend for medical care abroad,” said the Prime Minister during the ceremony.
The Medical City Center is said to include a hospital that will have 300 beds with a full diagnostic center, eight operating rooms, two labs, an outpatient medical office building with 80 consultation rooms, and a cancer treatment center.
It was further noted that Ethio-American Hospital will provide a full complement of services with a clinical focus on Cardiovascular, Neurological and Oncology services with a full range of invasive procedures that will be a first for the entire region.
“This was an idea that was conceived by 12 doctors, and now that number has risen much more; we now have members from Europe as well as Africa. The main objective of this project is to create a health center that averts people from wandering abroad searching for a better treatment,” said Board Chairman of Ethio- American Doctors Group, Inc. Dr. Girma Tefera.
The project secured 150,000 square meter of land in Ayat, from the Addis Ababa City government based on a preferred lease basis on April 15, 2016, almost exactly a year ago. During the past year, it was pointed out that international and local architectural and engineering firms were engaged, partnerships were established and the necessary effort to secure financial commitments was obtained to finally arrive at the start construction.
It was also stated that the hospital will have permanent staff of specialized and internationally accredited physicians recruited from Ethio-American Doctors Group, Inc. members, the healthcare community within Ethiopia and others internationally to provide internationally accepted quality of health care. It is expected to create 2,000 jobs when it is fully in operation