Resort hospital is state of the art

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 June, 2011, 12:00am


Any international leisure and holiday area is expected to have high-class resorts and pristine beaches, world-class shopping and dining experiences, combined with a beautiful environment.

But only the select few also have top-tier hospital facilities, built specifically to handle any possible emergency. The fact that Haitang Bay has such a hospital speaks of the vision and ability of the local government to get things done.

In 2008, the People's Liberation Army Central Hospital met with the Hainan provincial government, Hainan People's Hospital in Haikou and Hainan No3 People's Hospital in Sanya to discuss what would eventually become a joint venture between all parties, a subsidiary of the PLA Central Hospital in Haitang Bay. As soon as an agreement was reached, work began.

Hainan sent a delegation of doctors and nurses to Beijing to study under their PLA counterparts and learn the latest in surgical and medical techniques, and laboratory and classroom experience that would help them pass on what they learned.

This is the first time in 56 years that the PLA hospital has effectively exported its expertise to another region. The Hainan government moved quickly to procure the land needed, set up the necessary utilities and prepare a construction site. They accomplished all of this within six months. Construction of the new hospital began in August 2009 and the initial goal was to build a 168,000-square-metre facility with 500 beds, costing an approximate 13 billion yuan (HK$15.66 billion). Nearly two years later, the basic structure is complete and the original plan has been expanded to more than 380,000 square metres with 685 beds.

The hospital is a state-of-the-art facility, with the best trained doctors and nurses, and some of the most qualified directors in the nation. It has two main functions: the first being standard medical practice and the second, retirement facilities. It will host the highest-level political and military patients, and the general public.