Health City Cayman Islands celebrated its fourth anniversary last month and hospital doctors, management and staff at the Caribbean tertiary care hospital are looking back at a busy 12 months of life-saving emergency procedures, groundbreaking regional firsts, and increased visits by international patients.
The Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospital, positioned as a model for global health care transformation by its founder Dr. Devi Shetty, has recorded more than 55,000 patient visits since opening its doors in April 2014.
During its fourth year of operations, the list of Health City’s innovations and critical high-level care services grew at a rapid pace. In 2017, the hospital became the Caribbean’s only regional center for an advanced form of life support called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO.) The ECMO system acts as an artificial heart or pair of lungs during therapy, allowing the patient’s organs to rest while natural healing of the affected area takes place. Health City’s ECMO capabilities saved the lives of several local and international patients during the year, and have become an integral aspect of the hospital’s critical care facilities.