New Cayman Islands hospitals planned

There are currently three hospitals on Grand Cayman – the Cayman Islands Hospital, with 124 beds; Doctors Hospital with 18 beds; and Health City Cayman Islands, with 104 beds.

Two new hospitals have had planning permission granted, Health City Cayman Islands Camana Bay location, and Aster MedCity in West Bay.

Health City Camana Bay

The next Grand Cayman hospital to be constructed will be in Camana Bay. Health City Cayman Islands will be building a new 57-bed hospital, three-storey hospital which will offer oncology and prenatal care services. It is hoped to be complete at the end of 2022.

Health City said the proposed facility is intended to fill an existing healthcare gap for the Cayman Islands and the surrounding region, with a state-of-the-art centre offering expanded cancer care in a purpose-built building.”

It said the cancer treatment centre would provide greatly expanded oncology treatment options, including medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation therapy, in addition to being a bone marrow transplant facility.”

It noted that the Cayman Islands Cancer Society had stated that between 100 and 200 individuals a year seek cancer treatment overseas, because certain treatments are not available in Cayman.

It added, Radiotherapy is one of the most expensive modalities in healthcare and this offering will significantly reduce the cost by as much as a half to 75% less than like facilities overseas.”

Health City anticipates that, as well as treating local patients, the new facility will attract cancer patients from around the Caribbean and Central America, who previously would not have had access to the therapies possible using the specialised equipment that will be available at the hospital.

The site of the new Health City Camana Bay hospital. -Photo: courtesy of Dart

Aster MedCity

Planning permission has also been given for another new hospital, Aster MedCity, with 160 beds, and possible expansion of up to 500 beds. The $350 million dollar hospital will be built on a 40-acre site located by the junction of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and Batabano Road in West Bay.

In December 2020, Aster DM Healthcare and the Cayman Islands Government announced an agreement making the Cayman Islands Asters clinical excellence hub for the Western hemisphere, serving the Caribbean Region, North America, Canada, Latin and South America. 

The agreement will see Aster initially develop around a comprehensive, tertiary and quaternary care hospital, with an opportunity to expand in the future based on need, alongside an assisted living facility and healthcare university in the long-term.

With this project, Aster aims to replicate its Medcity” concept, which has proven to be highly successful in its flagship facility in Kochi, India. 

Aster DM Healthcare Limited has a network of 26 hospitals, 115 clinics and 224 pharmacies.

This site map shows the location of the planned new hospital, assisted living facility and medical school on a 40-acre site by the junction of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and Batabano Road. – Image: Supplied