Philips to build first cardiac hospital in Ethiopia

Philips has reached an agreement with the governments of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to build a €40 million cardiac care facility—the first such specialty hospital in the East African country.

Scheduled to be completed in 2020, the seven-story building will include three operating rooms, two catheterizations labs and 94 beds, according to a story posted on AllAfrica.com.

The center will be developed within the compound of Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH) in the capital city of Addis Ababa. That hospital currently has a waitlist of more than 8,000 patients seeking cardiac care, according to the article.

"We want to transform cardiology care in Ethiopia, and in Philips we have a strong partner that understands our requirements and is able to provide a comprehensive hospital solution for state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases, including capability building and skills transfer," said Ato Amir Aman, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health. "Through this strategic collaboration, TASH will have access to Philips' health technologies and services, as well as clinical education, IT integration and data analytics, allowing us to fully redesign our care processes for cardiology interventions."

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