On Tuesday November 24th, the construction of the new Hospital Faro del Mayab, a state-of-the-art medical facility in Merida, was officially announced in an event attended by Governor Rolando Zapata Bello; Tourism Promotion Secretary, Saul Ancona Salazar; State Health Secretary Jorge Eduardo Mendoza Mézquita; General Medical Director for Médica Sur, Doctor Rodolfo Barragán García; Mérida Mayor Mauricio Vila, and President of the Hospital Faro del Mayab Council, Mr. Juan José Ramírez Zapata.
The official announcement was made at the Siglo XXI Convention Center in the presence of several members of the state and municipal governments, private sector and local media.
Tourism Promotion State Secretary Saul Ancona Salazar pointed out that Yucatán is one of Mexico’s 12 most important destinations specialized in medical tourism, where touristic providers join medical care of the highest quality to meet the fields of oncology, orthopedics, cardiology, general surgery, plastic surgery, gastroenterology and other dental specialities as well.
Medical Tourism in our state is staffed by highly qualified doctors and nurses that provide care and service with world class quality through an extensive infrastructure with cutting-edge medical technology. And there is currently an integral communication campaign in different types of media all over the world, promoting Yucatán as an excellent alternative for this market segment.
State Tourism Secretariat staff has recently attended several international expos, and just three months ago, their website www.yucatanhealthcare.com was launched as an initiative to position Yucatan as one of the main Medical Tourism destinations in the country, with the largest number of highly qualified specialists in Southeast Mexico, offering high quality service and significant savings for the North American and European markets.faro_mayab_signature.jpgState Health Secretary, Jorge Eduardo Mendoza Mézquita highlighted the importance of having high quality medical services for the local population, not only private hospitals but state hospitals as well.
The Yucatecan society demands better medical services and deserves the best, Mendoza said.
 The General Medical Director for Médica Sur, Doctor Rodolfo Barragán García, emphasized that the hospital Faro del Mayab, belongs to the “Médica Sur” Network, and surges as a response to the population growth in Merida and to consolidate Yucatán as a world class destination for Medical Tourism.
Doctor Barragán stressed the fact that “Médica Sur” is the only medical organization in Mexico that has an strategic alliance with the Mayo Clinic in the U.S.
He also said that this new hospital will count with the Joint Commission International Certification (JCI); which is one of the world’s leading nonprofit patient safety organizations. JCI seeks a world where every patient receives the highest quality of care possible.
The “Médica Sur” Network is one of the biggest and most important hospital chains in Mexico, and features medical facilities in Mexico City; San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato; Querétaro, Querétaro; Los Cabos, Baja California Sur and soon in Mérida, Yucatán was well.
Lic. Juan José Ramírez Zapata, President of the Hospital Faro del Mayab Council, started saying that he lived away from his beloved Yucatán for 33 years, and that now it was a dream come true for him and his family to come back to their hometown to initiate this marvelous project.
He continued saying that this is going to be the first auto sustainable hospital in Yucatan, and that it will provide emergency services, blood bank, clinical laboratory, radiology, surgery, intensive care, medical imaging, endoscopy, pathology, administration, teaching and IARO which includes the areas of rehabilitation and hemodynamics.
It will feature more than 25 medical specialities, 88 doctor’s offices, 66 hospital beds, and 5 operating rooms.
The property features a nine-story building with 28,000 square meters of medical facilities. The hospital will be located in an area of 15,000 square meters located in Santa Gertrudis, Cocoyoles Copó Avenue, 200 meters north of the periférico, less than a mile away from City Center Shopping Mall.
The construction will be carried out with an investment of 500 million pesos (USD$30.3 million) of which 90 percent is Yucatecan capital; and it will provide 300 direct and 1,100 indirect jobs during its construction phase. And once the hospital starts operating, it will generate 375 direct and 1,150 indirect jobs.
Finally, Governor Rolando Zapata Bello stated that Yucatan will soon be consolidated as Mexico’s Southeast capital for Medical Tourism, and for that purpose many other efforts are being carried out, such as the development of the hotel infrastructure and the growth of the air connectivity at the local airport.
Construction will start in January 2016 and is expected to be finished by October 2017 to cut the ribbon on December of the same year.

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