Davao City to host St. Luke’s first hospital outside of Manila

ST. LUKE’S Medical Center will build its first hospital outside of Metro Manila right in Davao City beginning next year.

 Dr. Edgardo R. Cortez, president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Medical Center, said they would initially establish a 250-bed capacity facility, which is targeted to be completed by 2020. He said it could expand up to 350 beds depending on the need in the city.

 The hospital will be set up in Azuela Cove, a 25-hectare mixed-use development of Aviana Development Corp. in Km. 7, Lanang.

 “We will bring the same world-class services here similar to our two hospitals in Manila,” Cortez said on Friday during the launching of Azuela Cove.

 Cortez said they were invited by Aviana Development Corp. o locate in Azuela Cove. Aviana Development Corp. is a joint venture company of Ayala Land and Alcantara Group of Companies.

 St Luke’s has also conducted market study to determine the feasibility of opening their own facility here, noting that there are already existing hospitals in the city. This is their third hospital next to its branches in Quezon City and Global City-Taguig.

 Cortez said there is still under-served population which needs their services, that was why they decided to put up a hospital in the city. He said they would bring in their experts and provide cutting-edge technology in the facility.

 The hospital, he said, would provide sub-specialty services like on cardiology and nuclear medicine. They would also offer unique services like robotic surgery to accommodate Davaoeños and the rest of Mindanao.

 St. Luke’s Medical Center will initially spend P2.79 billion for the first phase of the project.

 Cortez said the entire project could cost up to P5 billion. They also targeted to make it a medical tourism to accommodate other countries like Indonesia and Brunei.

 St. Luke’s Medical Center in the city also includes a wellness center designed for disease prevention, early diagnosis and life coaching.

 “The rise of St. Luke’s- Davao City is a testament of St. Luke’s Medical Center’s unceasing endeavor to continuously provide accessible, top-tier medical care to a broader patient base, this time in the thriving province of Davao, one of the most popular tourist destinations and fast-rising business districts in the country,” St. Luke’s Medical Center said in a statement.

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