Columbia Asia keen to partner startups

Columbia Asia keen to partner startups

Healthcare company Columbia Asia Hospitals is looking at collaboration with healthcare startups.

Dr Nandakumar Jairam, CEO, Chairman and Group Medical Director, Columbia Asia Hospitals, said they are open to a symbiotic association which will help them create a niche in the industry. “However, we are yet to embark on a serious journey with someone as passionate about healthcare,” he added.

The Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund management organisations and individual investors. Its first hospital in the country started in 2005 in Hebbal, Bengaluru, and it is all set to open sixth one in Karnataka.

“We will be opening our new hospital, located at the Iblur junction, soon. We are awaiting a few approvals, post which we will be open to the neighbourhood and also for people coming from other states and countries,” Jairam said. The Sarjapur Road hospital is said to be the biggest hospital within the Columbia Asia group. “It has 206 in-patient beds and a covered space of over 2,50,000 sq feet.

The total investment made is around Rs 200 crore excluding the cost of land,” he said, adding, this new hospital will house all specialties and multiple super-specialties. The hospital has also invested in high-end technology. “We are looking at building clusters of our hospitals, similar to the manner in which we have managed to grow in Bengaluru. Our 13th hospital is underway in Pune, which will be our second hospital in the city,” he said.

Apart from Bengaluru and Pune, the group has presence in Ahmedabad, Mysuru, Kolkata, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Patiala.


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