If things fall in line,the US-based Cleveland Clinic,considered the worlds best cardiac care hospital,may set up a centre in Punjab.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is ready to offer 50 acres of land in the proposed Medicity in Mullanpur to the hospital.
Punjab is leading the country in cardiac diseases mainly due to a lavish eating habits. To have a hospital like Cleveland Clinic here for cardiac care and research makes sense, Sukhbir said.
Industrialist and Punjab planning board vice-chairman Rajinder Gupta,who is on the international board of Cleveland Clinic,has been asked by the state government to approach the hospital for setting up a unit here.
The Cleveland Clinic is keen on expanding beyond the USA. It is setting up a facility in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the royal family there. I will be opening dialogue with them in the next international board meeting and offer them land here. Depending on their response,the rest of the modalities can be ironed out, Gupta said.
Punjab has a high incidence of cardiac diseases and recent reports suggest that a spurt in heart related problem in the rural population. According to the World Health Organisation,India in 2010,accounted for almost 60 per cent of the global heart ailments.
If it agrees to set shop here,the Cleveland Clinic will come up near one of the largest cancer hospital-cum-research centres in the country for which the state has already sanctioned 50 acres of land in the Mullanpur Medicity. The cancer hospital will come up on lines of the Tata Memorial Hospital and Cancer Research Institute in Mumbai,which is administratively controlled by the Department of Atomic Energy. The centre has already given in-principal approval to the Rs 400-crore project.
The proposed Medicity is coming up on almost 97 acres of land in Mullanpur,a village situated 5 km from PGIMER here. The land for the project has already been acquired by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).
Medicity was conceived as a conglomerate of several private and government health care providers. Other than the 97 acres of land which was originally acquired by the government,another 200 acres will be acquired for more such facilities. The PGI has also asked for land in Mullanpur to set up an extension campus.