Health City Cayman Islands
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Health City Cayman Islands is a JCI accredited tertiary care hospital in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, specializing in chronic and acute cardiac, orthopedic, bariatric, neurological, and pediatric cases. The medical travel focused hospital has provided healthcare solutions to over 14,000 adult and pediatric patients who primarily reside in the Caribbean, Latin American, United States, and Canada. The 104 bed hospital is seen by the Government of the Cayman Islands as a key driver in the diversification of the country's economy and has gained its support.
|Health City Cayman Islands|
|Location||High Rock, East End, Cayman Islands (British Overseas Territory), Caribbean,|
|Hospital type||Tertiary Care, Medical Travel, Affordable Healthcare|
|Standards||Joint Commission International|
Health City Cayman Islands was born from the vision of heart surgeon Dr. Devi Shetty and is supported by two major healthcare organizations.
Dr. Shetty serves as chairman of Narayana Health and oversees a network of 32 hospitals across India and the Cayman Islands. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the US and the world's largest catholic faith-based health system.  to make high quality care accessible to all.
The 107,000 square foot facility, opened in February 2014, becoming the first advanced medical facility and tertiary care hospital in the Cayman Islands.
Facility and Current Operations
The 104-bed tertiary care hospital features a reinforced roof, walls, doors and windows and was built to withstand the rigors of a Category 5 Hurricane and shield all of its critical assets from flooding. There are back-up generators with built-in power redundancies that allow for 10 days of 100% power, independent of the grid; an advanced ventilation system that blocks potentially contaminated air from reaching beyond the rooms of infectious patients; a system that allows the hospital to create its own medical grade oxygen by pulling it out of the air and distilling it in-house; an automated air-conditioning that cuts energy consumption costs by monitoring foot traffic and only gives air where needed; and a solar farm that reduces the hospital's energy consumption by almost 50%.
Location and Satellite Offices
The tertiary care hospital is located on 1283 Sea View Road, near High Rock in the East End District of Grand Cayman.
In 2016, Health City opened a Canadian satellite office located in Hamilton, Ontario. This office is staffed by local Canadian healthcare professionals that work closely with other in-country medical practitioners who want to move their patients off long waiting lists and refer them to Health City Cayman Islands for non-emergency procedures. Health City's Canadian office fields general inquiries about the Cayman Islands' hospital; coordinates phone consultations with Health City's physicians and patient care teams; secures travel arrangements and supports patients’ journeys to and from the Cayman Islands; and connects with Canadian healthcare providers and translation services where necessary to ensure continuity of care.
- Private and semi-private patient rooms
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU) suite with 17 ICU beds, a 2-bed triage and 4-bed recovery unit
- Three operating theatres
- Two hybrid operating theatres
- Centralized Patient Monitoring System
- Laboratory operating on a 24/7 basis for both inpatient and outpatient services
- Imaging suite encompassing MRI, gamma camera, nuclear medicine, and CT room
- Dental Suite
- Professional Grade Kitchen
- Medical grade oxygen generator
- Underground cistern/water storage tank
- Sewer treatment plant
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Free Parking
- Overnight stay for patients’ companions visitors
- Natural Herb Garden and Scenic Walking Paths
- Four-Star Visitor's Café
Sustainability and Conservation Efforts
In 2015, Health City's sustainability efforts resulted in 3.6 million gallons of water saved and 2.7 million gallons of sewage effluent was diverted from ground disposal. A waste reduction and landfill diversion initiative, which included recycling and onsite medical waste treatment, was also introduced and yielded a result of 60% of total waste being diverted from landfills. In terms of electricity conservation, the Caribbean hospital's infrastructure includes a building management monitoring system, as well as an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system diversification. The official conservation report showed that energy savings for 2015 were over 2 million Kwh saved, just under 145,000 gallons of diesel saved and 3.5 million pounds of carbon saved.
According to Robert Pearl, executive director and CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, the largest integrated healthcare system in the U.S., Health City is bringing together the "healthcare service of Bangalore and the technology of Silicon Valley." Health City utilizes an integrated patient data platform called iKare. This system, which is accessed by an iPad beside each hospital bed, constantly monitors individual patient's clinical data and current medications to recommend specific protocols. The system also monitors the patient's vitals. If they fall beyond the accepted range, it will immediately alert the staff.
As of March 2016:
- Over 12,700 Out Patients Treated
- Over 1,320 In Patients Treated
- Over 825 Total Procedures / Surgeries Performed
- First ever Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) undertaken in the English-speaking Caribbean region was completed at Health City Cayman Islands in February 2016.
- First ever artificial heart, a Left Ventricular Assistive Device (LVAD), successfully implanted in the Caribbean by Health City in August 2014. This complex heart surgery has only been successfully carried out approximately 10 times in all of South America. Health City has performed two successful surgeries in its first year of operation.
- First ever Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery performed in the Cayman Islands was completed at Health City in July 2014.
As of April 2016:
- Over 125 Cardiac Surgeries Performed
- Over 445 Cath-Lab Procedures Performed, including:
- 230 Diagnostic Angiography (135 emergency cases)
- 100 Coronary Angioplasty (78 emergency cases)
- 67 Electrophysiology procedures
- 29 Paediatric Cardiology procedures
- Through apartnership with the Have a Heart Foundation, over 68 pediatric heart surgeries performed free of charge for indigent children from Haiti, Jamaica, Nevis, & Honduras
As of March 2016:
- Over 240 Orthopedic Surgeries Performed
- Health City introduced FDA approved Computer Navigation Technology to increase precision and accuracy of its invasive and minimally invasive joint replacement surgeries
Future Expansion and Additions
Plans for expansion and additions to the Health City compound include:
- Increasing from 104 beds to a 2,000 bed facility, with a 300-bed unit dedicated to neurology and cancer care
- An academic institution and biotech research facility.
- An assisted-living community that offers living quarters to older adults
- Two adjoining hotels where patients can stay before and after procedures.
- "Joint Commission International".
- Cayman Islands Healthcare City - Insights from the Health Authority and Project Innovator
- As of March 2016
- Progress - Future Of Cayman
- Health city hospital on track - Cayman 27
- "Chairman, Narayana Health".
- "The Case for Caymans, Health City Part One".
- "Health City Safety and Sustainability".
- "SMN News - Health City 2015 Conservation Statistics".
- "Cayman 27 - Health City Recycling Success".
- "Laissez Faire: The Case for Cayman's Health City Part Two".