July 12, 2014 00:00 By SUCHAT SRITAMA
Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, one of the largest hospital networks in Southeast Asia, plans to increase its portfolio from 35 to 50 hospitals by the end of 2015.
Chatree Duangnet, BDMS vice president and chief operating officer, said the group would open seven multi-brand hospitals in Thailand and one in Cambodia this year.
The new Thailand hospitals will be located at Chinatown in Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Phuket, Rayong, Pattaya, Rangsit, and Nakhon Pathom.
The one in Phnom Penh will operate under the company’s Royal Hospital international brand, while the remaining projects are expected to be announced next year.
BDMS currently has some 6,000 beds in Thailand and Cambodia under six different brands – Bangkok, Samitivej, BNH, Phyathai, Paolo Memorial, and Royal.
The group’s Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai, a 180-bed facility built at a cost of Bt1.7 billion, was officially launched yesterday.
“Chiang Mai is the city hub in the North and easily connects with neighbouring countries China, Laos and Myanmar,” Chatree said.
“Our rapid expansion aims to service patients from these countries, and also from other nations in Southeast Asia, with a full range of medical facilities. We are also targeting locals in Chiang Mai and surrounding provinces as well as tourists and expats.”
If the new Chiang Mai hospital achieves its targets, the group plans to construct a 300-bed tower within three years so it can service more international patients.
It currently employs some 9,000 doctors and 7,000 nurses.
This year the group forecasts revenue will grow 10 per cent from last year’s Bt23 billion.
BDMS’s major owner is Prasert Prasatthong-osoth, who founded Bangkok Airways. Forbes magazine ranked him the eighth-richest person in the country with assets worth Bt67 billion.
In terms of revenue, BDMS is in the top five globally for hospital networks and is the second-largest in Asia after IHH Group in Malaysia.