Opening of Gamma Knife Center Ecuador

On Tuesday 25 of October 2011, a new Gamma Knife Center was opened at the Hospital Alvícars in Ecuador’s biggest city, Guayaquil. The opening was supervised by the Minister of Health David Chiriboga, who emphasised both the importance of radio therapy in combatting brain diseases and the Government’s support to the center.

Alexandra Santos, CEO of the center, described how the company was initiated two years ago by two Swedish companies, Global Medical Investments (GMI) and Scandinavian Care Projects, which had “the brilliant idea to invest in our country”.

GMI – a joint venture between Swedfund and Elekta –  establishes modern cancer centers in developing countries where no radio therapy clinics exists, or where demand exceeds treatment supply. GMI now has established five centers in Africa and Latin America in cooperation with local investors and with Elekta providing the equipment. The center in Ecuador is owned by GMI, Scandinavian Care Projects, Brock Investments and a number of local physicians.

The Gamma Knife Center in Ecuador has already treated its first patient, where the Gamma Knife was used for radiation therapy on a brain tumor.

Find more information on GMI and the clinic in Chile, which was opened by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in May.

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