Columbia Asia, one of the largest and fastest-growing
healthcare companies in Asia, is expanding its operations to
Africa to serve the rising demand from the continent’s middle
class for affordable, modern and efficient healthcare
The company’s first facility in Africa
– a 5,300-square-foot multispecialty clinic and diagnostic
center – opened this week in Nairobi, Kenya, a capital city with
more than three million people and in the midst of a surge in
foreign direct investment.
The clinic is operating under a new
brand, Columbia Africa.
Columbia Asia, part of Seattle-based
Columbia Pacific Management, has 27 hospitals and one clinic in
India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, built with an innovative
business model focused on serving a rapidly growing middle class
with modern and efficient multispecialty facilities located
close to where patients live and work.
The new clinic in Nairobi specializes
in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology,
general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology and dental care.
The facility offers health checks, as
well as telemedicine to allow patients to consult with
specialist doctors at Columbia Asia hospitals.
The Nairobi clinic also has a patient
services center to facilitate patients travelling for surgery at
Columbia Asia hospitals in Asia, which had already been
receiving a significant number of patients from East Africa.
“Africa has become a growing market
for us, as patients are increasingly seeking multispecialty,
affordable healthcare services delivered at international
standards,” said John Northen, Group Chief Executive Officer
of Columbia Asia.
“Kenya is the economic, commercial and
logistical hub for all of East Africa, with Nairobi as a
major center of growth and foreign investment, so the city
was a great fit for our first Columbia Africa facility.”
Columbia Asia opened its first
hospital in Malaysia in 1996 and over two decades has developed
one of the largest hospital companies in Asia, with a focus on
high-quality, affordable, standardized care.
Columbia Asia is the only healthcare
provider in Asia to operate hospitals in so many countries under
a single brand, and one of the few large, multinational
providers in Asia to build the vast majority of its hospitals
With the addition of the Columbia
Africa clinic, the company has 10,000 employees serving more
than 2.5 million patients a year, with 2,200 beds across 27
hospitals and two clinics.