Novacare Hospitals to open Pakistan’s first internationally affiliated hospital in Islamabad in 2026

Novacare Hospitals (Private) Limited announced today that it will start constructing a state-of-the-art hospital in Islamabad, and has signed an international affiliation agreement with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, a leading UK teaching hospital group. The total investment in the project will be USD 110 million, and the hospital will be located on a 50-kanal (225,000 square foot) plot in DHA Phase-V, along the main DHA Expressway.

The 250-bed hospital will have a covered area of 550,000 square feet and will provide comprehensive tertiary healthcare across 28 clinical services. The hospital is being designed by HKS, a leading global design firm. It aims to become Pakistan’s first LEED, WELL, and EDGE-certified hospital which are best-in-class certifications for sustainability and users’ wellbeing. It also aims to achieve Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, to achieve high standards of clinical quality & patient safety.

Novacare is a recently established private healthcare provider in Pakistan, sponsored by the Maple Leaf Cement Factory Limited (part of the Kohinoor Maple Leaf Group) and managed by Andalus Holdings. Novacare aims to develop a world-class healthcare network across Pakistan and plans to open similar hospitals across other major cities of Pakistan. It will also develop satellite clinics, day surgery centers, diagnostics collection centers, medical education facilities, and a digital care navigation platform.

The leadership team at Novacare will include seasoned healthcare professionals with local and international experience. Novacare is led by Mr. Johannes (Hans) Kedzierski who has previously served as the CEO of leading hospitals in multiple geographies including Medical Center Alkmaar, Netherlands, one of the largest Dutch teaching hospitals, Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, and, King’s College Hospital London in Jeddah.

The affiliation was closely supported and facilitated by the U.K.’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) in Pakistan, along with the UK Department for Business and Trade (DBT) in London. A signing ceremony took place in London on March 6, 2024, at the offices of the UK DBT at Admiralty House, which was attended by representatives from Imperial College Healthcare, Novacare, and the UK government.

As a result of its affiliation with Imperial College Healthcare, Novacare will benefit from the expertise of a leading UK teaching hospital group. Novacare will gain expert advisory input from Imperial College Healthcare on models of care, services, and staffing, and aims to implement their clinical standards and protocols. Through these measures, Novacare intends to achieve the same standards of healthcare as is delivered at Imperial College Healthcare’s five London hospitals.

About Novacare

Novacare is developing a world-class, hub & spoke healthcare network across Pakistan, to enhance years of quality life within our families & communities, and to create an unrivaled professional environment for the next generation of world-leading Pakistani healthcare practitioners.

Website: www.novacare.health

Email: [email protected]

About Imperial College Healthcare Private Care

Imperial College Healthcare Private Care is part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, one of the largest teaching hospital groups in the UK. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has a global reputation for excellence in care, research, and education, and together with its affiliated university, Imperial College London, it runs the UK NHS’s largest biomedical research center. Imperial College Healthcare Private Care provides care for local and international patients across five renowned hospital sites in central and west London, including the flagship private facility, The Lindo Wing, and St Mary’s Hospital.

Website: https://www.imperial.nhs.uk/private-care

About Kohinoor Maple Leaf Group (KMLG)

Kohinoor Maple Leaf Group (KMLG) is one of Pakistan’s largest conglomerates, with diverse operations in the textile, cement, and financial sectors, and traces its roots to an enterprise founded in the 1930s in Calcutta as the Kohinoor Rubber Works. The group currently is a majority shareholder in Kohinoor Textile Mills Limited (KTML), Maple Leaf Cement Factory Limited (MLCFL), and Maple Leaf Capital Limited (MLCL).

About Andalus Holdings

Andalus Holdings is an investment holding and advisory firm based in Abu Dhabi, comprising a dedicated team of investment and healthcare professionals with decades of local and international experience.

About the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom, equivalent to other countries’ ministries of foreign affairs. The department in its various forms is responsible for representing and promoting British interests worldwide.

About the UK Department for Business and Trade (DBT)

The Department for Business & Trade (DBT) is the UK’s department for economic growth. DBT supports businesses to invest, grow and export, creating jobs and opportunities across the country.

About HKS

HKS is a global firm of architects, designers, planners and advisors who create places noted for their beauty and performance. It employs 1,600 people in 29 offices, united by the belief that an environmental, social and governance approach to design achieves design excellence. In 2023, HKS became a carbon neutral firm. HKS values honesty, diversity and inclusion and celebrates creative thinking. In partnership with its clients and collaborators, HKS crafts powerful ideas and solutions. Together HKS creates places that stand apart.

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