City prepares to take delivery of Pattaya Hospital

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Pattaya’s new government hospital, with construction finished, will be turned over to the city on November 15.

Contractors plan to turn over Pattaya Hospital to city officials Nov. 15, although the facility will not open to the public until late 2011 or early 2012.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay inspected the completed five-story Soi Buakaow building and an adjacent staff dormitory Oct. 20. Theera Construction Co. officials declared the facility complete except for some minor interior decoration and equipment installation.

The 177.1 million baht, 82-bed facility will be the first government hospital in Pattaya and will provide free health care to Thai insurance-card holders and low-priced services for tourists. Construction ran only a couple weeks past the planned Oct. 9 completion date.

A seven-story parking garage, however, remains far behind schedule and the city is now looking for a new contractor to take over the project.

Despite the hospital’s completion, its doors are not slated to open until late 2011 or early 2012 with administrators using the time to hire and train staff.