$800 million invested in hospital expansions. 1,000 beds will be added - Lebanon

$800 million invested
in hospital expansions
1,000 beds will be added
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More than 1,000 beds, as well as many operating rooms and intensive care units, will be added to hospitals in next few years.

Established hospitals have allocated around $700 million to expand their premises, and improve the quality of their services, according to the October issue of Lebanon Opportunities.

The American University of Beirut Medical Center has plans to add 135 hospital beds, LAU Medical Center – Rizk Hospital 180 beds, Hôtel-Dieu de France 115 beds, and Nini Hospital in Tripoli will add 90 beds.

There are at least seven hospitals in the pipeline that are expected to open in the coming two years. Investment in these hospitals is estimated at $110 million.

The average occupancy rate for hospitals is 90 percent, according to Sleiman Haroun, Chairman of the Syndicate of Private Hospitals. “Hospitals are sometimes unable to accept all the patients due to a shortage in the number of beds,” Haroun said.

“There is still a large need for hospital beds in university hospitals. Most of the time there are patients on the waiting list,” said Fadi Hindi, Chief Operations Officer at Hôtel-Dieu de France (HDF).
Reported by Rania Ghanem
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Date Posted: Oct 11, 2019