CABEI finances a medical tower in Costa Rica that will strengthen the health system for emergency care


This project is part of the US$270 million CCSS Hospital Infrastructure and Equipment Renewal Program

San José, July 9th, 2020.- The East Tower of the Rafael Angel Calderon Guardia Hospital located in San Jose, Costa Rica, which is funded by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), will soon be enabled as a support center for the care of patients with covid-19, strengthening the capacity of the country's health system which is led and coordinated by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS).

This new building has a progress of over 99% in its construction, has a total area of 20,708m² and consists of seven floors of which four could be used for emergency care that would be equivalent to 64 new beds in the intensive care unit, as confirmed on Thursday by the government.

"We are very pleased that a project like this is coming into operation at a time when its use is becoming critical for emergency support. This project is part of the important contributions in terms of infrastructure in different key sectors for the country in which CABEI has accompanied the government of Costa Rica for the benefit of Costa Ricans", highlighted CABEI's Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

The design, construction, and equipping of the new East Tower is one of the three projects that make up the CCSS's Hospital Infrastructure and Equipment Renewal Program and has approved financing of US$ 270 million. It also contemplates investments in the hospitals La Anexión in Guanacaste, and Monseñor Sanabria in Puntarenas.

"This great work constituted with the financial support of CABEI comes at an opportune moment to join the fight against covid-19 and represents an important jump in the resolution capacity that the health system of Costa Rica now has," said the Executive President of the CCSS, Dr. Román Macaya Hayes.