Three months ago Fortis Healthcare and Dr Naresh Trehan were engaged in a fierce fight for supremacy that led to the noted cardiac surgeon’s exit from the Escorts Heart Institute. On Monday, Fortis invited Dr Trehan to another round.
It announced that it would set up a seven-star multi super-speciality medical facility in Gurgaon, just two kilometres from the plot where Dr Trehan’s dream project MediCity is taking form. Fortis’s venture, which it referred to as its own medicity, will be called Fortis International Institute of Medical Sciences (FIIMS). Shivinder Mohan Singh, CEO, Fortis Healthcare, said the proximity of the two projects should be considered positively.
“It will lead to healthy competition. Gurgaon is a good location because of its closeness to the airport and we are mainly focusing on medical tourism,” he said. He added that the plan had been there for the past five years. Construction on the 950-bedded, ten-storey Medicity will start from Tuesday.
Dr Trehan, on the other hand, refused to comment on Fortis’s new venture. “You can draw your own comparisons and conclusions,” he told HT.
Unlike Dr Trehan’s MediCity, which is modelled after Johns Hopkins University, the focal point of FIIMS will be Oncology, Trauma, Paedritrics, Cosmetology and Mother and Child.
Once completed, Fortis's Medicity will have 350 beds, 32 operation theatres and 250 critical care units.