Aster DM Healthcare has opened its largest hospital in the United Arab Emirates: a new 120-bed general hospital in Sharjah, located on King Faisal Street in the centre of Sharjah city. The healthcare group started operations at the new ‘Medcare Hospital Sharjah‘ with a soft launch last month. The new property, brings the group’s number of hospital beds in the UAE to 419, compared with 213 beds at the end of 2016.
The JCI-accredited multi-speciality facility, Medcare Hospital Sharjah, offers a wide range of outpatient, day care, inpatient and 24/7 emergency care services to patients of all ages. According to Aster, the facility is equipped with a wide range of medical technology including latest MRI and ultrasound scanners, operation theaters with advanced anaesthesia and intraoperative imaging facilities and Philips IntelliSpace Critical Care and Anaesthesia Intensive Care Units.
Aster DM Healthcare Group, which is celebrating three decades of operations, has just secured a US$295 million (AED 1 billion) loan from India’s Axis Bank to help fund further expansion. The group currently operates a total 317 medical facilities, including 18 hospitals, 98 clinics and 201 pharmacies across GCC, India and the Philippines.
In addition to the Medcare Hospital Sharjah, the group recently opened a 12,000 square foot Medcare Clinic Sharjah, adding to its four Aster Clinics and more than 20 Aster Pharmacies in the emirate.
Healthcare is a key economic development sector for the Government of Sharjah, which has taken steps to help position the emirate as a centre for medical education, research and development. The Ruler of Sharjah recently approved the master plan for the 2.43 million square metres (26 million square foot) Sharjah Healthcare City.
Sharjah’s healthcare sector was worth some AED 7.35 billion (US$ 2b) last year and is expected to grow to AED 8.8 billion (US$ 2.4b) by the year 2019.
Source: Aster DM Healthcare, media