US Service Industrial Tycoon Takes Over Logistics of Kowloon Hospital
The American-owned Aramark Bright China Service Industry Co., Ltd. is now committed to the operation of Kowloon Hospital, Suzhou, according to an agreement signed on Oct. 10, and the provision of specialized services will include cleaning, transport, and catering. This largest private general hospital in Jiangsu Province, invested by overseas Chinese, is scheduled to open in mid-December.
Suzhou Kowloon Hospital is invested by HK Kowloon Group Co., Ltd. with the approval off Ministry of Public Health. A major project of public facilities under the planning of SIP government and the designated hospital by SIP Provident Fund, the hospital is located on the northern flank of Modern Avenue on the east of the scenic Jinji Lake, with dense concentration of foreign-invested enterprises. The hospital covers an land area of 138,000 square meters with a floorage of 110,000 sq.m. The investment of Phase One amounted to 500 million yuan RMB. The planned 1,000 sick beds put the hospital on top of the list in east China. In close cooperation with Medical College of Shanghai Jiaotong University (formerly Shanghai No.2 Medical University), Kowloon Hospital will cater for medical demands of different social strata, and VIP service will be available at all departments, in-patient areas, and physical check-up center. Medical specialists with command of Korean, Japanese, English, and French languages have been recruited to serve overseas expatriates in SIP.
Sun Fulin, Chairman of HK Kowloon Group Co., Ltd. and originally a native from Wujiang, Suzhou, told the reporter at the signing ceremony: "In our efforts to make Kowloon Hospital the first-class hospital in Suzhou, we have spend 7 million US dollars to import famous-brand world-class medical equipment from American GM, Netherlands Philips, and German Siemens. As we run the hospital in cooperation with Medical College of Shanghai Jiaotong University, we have decided to take on the nomenclature as Suzhou Kowloon Hospital of Medical College of Shanghai Jiaotong University. All the chiefs of departments and centers here are appointed from among famous professors and experts from Shanghai and other parts of China."
Sun Fulin also stated emphatically: "Despite the fact that Suzhou Kowloon Hospital possesses the most advanced equipment and select staff, it is not an aristocratic hospital. We don't make it our primary goal to make money, but to serve the citizens of Suzhou. All the fees are charged by the same standard as that of Class-A hospitals of Category-3 in the Suzhou region."
The American-owned Aramark Corporation (RMK at NYSE), a global leader in the sector of management service with an annual sales revenue of US$ 10 billion and a Fortune-500 enterprise, has since 1988 been evaluated for successive years as one of the most admired company in the field of consigned service. The American Fortune magazine in 2000 selected Aramark as one of the 100 most welcomed company, and in 2002 and 2003, it ranked first in the magazine in the industry of diversified consigned services. In 2001, Aramark bought over the equipment service division of Service Master at the value of 1 billion USD.
In 2004, Aramark acquired 90% stocks of Bright China Service Industries (China) and made its entry into China’s market by providing facility services for over 100 medical and commercial entities in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, and other parts of Mainland China. At the signing ceremony, the GM of Bright China Service Industries, Mr. Vaughn Lachman, expressed the confidence that Kowloon Hospital, the first private hospital in China under the agreement, will open up a bright prospect of cooperation between the two sides.
Oct. 11, 2005