PM Mitchell a step closer to medical tourism dream for Grenada

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:39 AM- St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, March 18, 2014 – GIS:
A high level delegation of international investors, led by Rabbi Melnik; Ambassador Angus Friday, Grenada's Ambassador to the USA; and Dr. Charles Modica, Chancellor of St. George's University, and including other major stakeholders and investors, met with Grenada's Prime Minister Dr. The Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell to discuss the prospects for the introduction of medical tourism here on the island.

Rabbi Melnik, a longtime friend of Grenada, has been actively involved in bringing together the different stakeholders necessary to get a high-level medical tourism facility started in Grenada. His plan is to fund a state of the art substance abuse center, as well as garner the resources to broaden services in that field.

With the assistance of Dr. Modica and Ambassador Angus Friday, the team believes that it is close to realizing Prime Minister Mitchell’s dream of entering into the medical tourism market.

Prime Minister Mitchell expressed his gratitude for the continued shared vision and hard work of the team, as well as his excitement over finally being able to see such a project take shape.

The Prime Minister noted the importance such facilities will have in the lives of many of our Grenadian citizens abroad who will like to return home in their twilight years but who do not yet have the confidence in our healthcare system to do so. Other clientele will include other international citizens who will like to take advantage of the safety and comfort of our shores while recovering from various ailments. A "comprehensive health services facility can go a long way in propelling the economy as well."

The Prime Minister noted that he was grateful for the leadership of "friends like Dr. Modica, Rabbi Melnik and Ambassador Friday in putting the muscle needed to accomplish such a venture, by bringing all the different elements together to see it to fruition."

Dr. Charles Modica, Chancellor of St. George's University and close friend of the Prime Minister, noted that he has had the pleasure of working in Grenada for the past 37 years, and he was thankful for the safe environment created for his University community- most of whom are international- that has enabled the Medical School to consistently maintain its popularity and high standards in education.

Dr. Modica thanked the Prime Minister for sterling leadership, vision, and for being the "best of the best in supporting the goals of the University and in ensuring that the University contributes directly to Grenadian society."

The chancellor expressed that the establishment of a medical tourism facility will further solidify that joint partnership between the University and the Government of Grenada to serve the citizens of Grenada, as well as provide, for both himself and the Prime Minister, a rich legacy of working to ensure that healthcare is comprehensive, affordable and improved for all.

In assuring the Prime Minister of the University's commitment to give back and to see this project undertaken, the Chancellor noted his pleasure in being able to contribute to the legacy of the Prime Minister, but even more so, he was excited that they would be able to partner in training locals and providing highly skilled jobs for many.

The implementation of medical tourism will be a joint venture between the Government of Grenada and the St. George's University. The team, which includes Grenada's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business, Honourable Nickolas Steele, will continue to work to hammer out the details of the investment with the assurance from Prime Minister Mitchell that they have the full commitment of the Government of Grenada.



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