Cho Ray Hospital’s offspring opens in Phnom Penh

January 21, 2014 | 15:04
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Ho Chi Minh City’s renowned Cho Ray Hospital has inaugurated its Cambodia offshoot in a joint venture capitalised up to $42.3 million.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his visiting Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, together with other VIPs, cut the ribbon last week for Cho Ray Phnom Penh Hospital, the two countries’ first investment partnership in healthcare.

The new general hospital sits on a 5-hectare plot in Meanchey district’s Niroth commune, over 10 kilometres from Phnom Penh downtown. It operates as a sister facility to Cho Ray, a leading hospital in Vietnam today and southern Vietnam’s No.1 hospital before 1975.

Cho Ray Phnom Penh, a 70-30 joint venture between Vietnamese company Saigon Medical Investment and Cambodian multi-business group Sokimex, has 200 beds now and will increase the number to 500 in the second stage. It also has the paediatrics and obstetrics departments – ones Cho Ray in Ho Chi Minh City does not have.

The new facility, managed by the venture, is intended to reduce travel expenses for thousands of patients who every year flock to Vietnam for medical treatment. It now employs 75 Cambodian doctors and 20 Vietnamese doctors.

Cho Ray Hospital will continue to provide training programmes for Cambodian doctors, nurses and other medical workers to improve the quality of care and treatment at the sister facility.

By By Tuong Thuy

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