Denver doctor to launch medical tourism group in Barbados

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A Denver doctor has signed an agreement with Barbados to build a surgical center and hospital on the island nation, in hopes of attracting medical tourists.

Robert F. Priddy, co-founder of American World Clinics, says the new hospital will be staffed primarily by U.S.-trained, board-certified doctors and built to U.S. standards.

AWC-Barbados Hospital will provide internationally competitive rates for surgery in Barbados.

Dr. Paul Angelchick, a plastic surgeon in Phoenix, and a co-founder of the new hospital said the group picked Barbados for its quality of life, educational facilities and technological resources.

American World Clinics is registered as a Barbadian corporation and hopes to attract investors who are interested in the potential for medical tourism. The primary market for the hospital will be patients from the United Kingdom and North America, but treatment will also be available to people in Barbados.

The estimated construction and equipment cost is about $92 million in Barbados currency, providing jobs for about 200 people there.

Once the hospital is operational, it will hire about 230 people, and generate $100 million in U.S. dollars during its first few years, according to organizers.

The initial hospital facility will offer urologic, orthopedic, bariatric, ENT, general and gynecologic, ophthalmic, dental and plastic surgery, as well as dermatological treatment and medical research.

It will be accredited by The Joint Commission International, the main international accrediting body for hospital systems.

The Barbados government will lease the property for 25 years, with an option to renew for another 25 years.