To expedite the construction of the new Cartago Hospital in Costa Rica, CABEI authorizes initiation of bidding process


It is estimated to benefit more than 675,000 Cartagena residents who have waited more than 20 years for the project.

Tegucigalpa, December 14, 2021.- Ratifying its role as Costa Rica's strategic ally in developing hospital infrastructure and equipment, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) authorized the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), the governing body of the Costa Rican healthcare system, to initiate the bidding process for the new Max Peralta Hospital in Cartago using the country's Administrative Contracting Law.

CABEI's authorization will expedite the hospital's start-up and avoid a possible increase in the cost of the project, which is expected to benefit more than 675,000 Cartagena residents who have been waiting more than 20 years for the project.

"CABEI authorized the use of the Administrative Contracting Law for the bidding of the project to fulfill the dream of thousands of Cartagena residents who deserve to have high quality health services as soon as possible and to continue demonstrating our commitment as Central America's Bank," highlighted CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

The planned construction area of the new Max Peralta Hospital in Cartago is 94,094m² to house a total of 450 beds, enable the early attention of 14,000 medical specialist consultations, the performance of more than 6,000 early surgeries, among other benefits.

The new project is expected to cost US$288 million and is part of the  "Regional Hospital Infrastructure Strengthening Program" approved by CABEI in January of this year for US$500 million, which also includes the new Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas and the William Allen Taylor Hospital in Turrialba.

CABEI's historical support to Costa Rica's health system dates back more than a decade, and currently more than 80% of Costa Rica's hospital projects have received its financial and technical backing, including the San Vicente de Paúl Hospital in Heredia, La Anexión Hospital in Nicoya, and the new East Tower of the Calderón Guardia Hospital, among others.