SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – September 11th, 2012 – Construction of the new INS Trauma Hospital may finally begin within the next few days – barring any last minute appeals.
The hospital will be located within the INS Medical Health complex in La Uruca.
Van der Laat & Jimenez Construction Company will both construct and equip the new hospital at a cost of around $52 million US dollars.
INS president, Guillermo Constenla, explained that the construction cost is now a bit lower due to the decrease in the price of the dollar. The original estimate in 2009 was about $60 million.
In order to choose the contractor for the job, a prequalifying process, in which ten national and international companies participated, was held. After this, three companies remained in the process, and finally, a Costa Rican firm was chosen. “The foreign companies were to cost double the national one,” added Constenla, who also noted that INS currently pays the Clinica Catolica some $20 million dollars per year for the attention of those who have suffered accidents requiring trauma care.
INS expects to have the hospital up and running by December 2013. Constenla stated that with the opening of the Trauma Hospital, employers may see a decrease in the cost of their Workers Compensation policies.
The hospital will start with 160 beds in the first phase, eventually totaling 220 beds., and employing some 400 healthcare workers.