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New hospital improves care for patients in Mexico’s Tepic

Tertiary care hospital built with IDB financing gives access to state-of-the-art care

Not long ago, patients in need of specialized services in Tepic, the capital of the Mexican state of Nayarit, had to travel for over one hour by ambulance to get treatment in the nearest hospital in Guadalajara. Such long distance added significant health risks and financial costs for patients seeking both specialized and emergency care.

But since the opening of a new hospital in Tepic on September 2010 by Centro Médico Puerta de Hierro S.A. a private medical services provider, the reality has changed for the city of approximately 330,000 inhabitants.

The hospital is the first of two tertiary hospitals Puerta de Hierro has built with financing from both the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Financial Corporation, which together financed 44 percent of the total cost of the $54 million project. The second tertiary care hospital is being built in Colima, the capital of the state with the same name and Mexico’s second smallest state. This second hospital is expected to open by year end.

“We provided capital that was not readily available in the private market with tenors that were compatible to the needs of investors,’’ said Peter Stevenson, the IDB project team leader. “This has enabled Puerto de Hierro ramp up its operations and provide much needed care to the population of these two important secondary cities in Mexico.”

Each of the two hospitals are expected to treat more than 4,500 patients annually. They serve all categories of patients, whether privately and publicly insured, as well as the poor population thanks to an agreement between Puerta de Hierro and the country’s social security system.

Making a difference

The new facility in Tepic has 40 beds and providesspecialized services not available from primary care doctors or secondary care consulting physicians, such as diagnosis, treatment and surgery for patients, including segments of the population insured by public agencies, suffering from cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

The hospital, a state-of-the-art facility, offers medical assistance in 22 disciplines and it has one of the best equipped hemodynamic centers in the country. The new hospital has also carried out the first intestine transplant in Mexico.

Besides improving access to high-quality care, the two hospitals are contributing to ease the burden on public hospitals and helping create employment opportunities in local communities. As many as 690 employees have been hired to work in the two new hospitals, which have also teaming up with local universities to allow them to carry out training and research in their facilities.

The IDB has helped finance the construction of the two hospitals with a $12 million loan denominated in Mexican pesos, approved in 2009. The loan, which has tenors of up to 12 years, was the first healthcare financing made by the Bank through its private sector window, the Structured and Corporate Finance Department. It was also the first non-sovereign guaranteed operation funded by the Bank in local currency.

Structured and Corporate Finance Department

The Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF) leads all IDB non-sovereign guaranteed operations for large scale projects, companies and financial institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through its loan syndication program, SCF plays a catalytic role, helping mobilize resources from third parties by partnering with commercial banks, institutional investors, co-guarantors, and other co-lenders for projects with high developmental impact.