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Bumrungrad Named Best Small Cap Company in 2008

Bumrungrad International hospital was named Thailand’s “Best Small Cap Company” in the December 2008/January 2009 issue of Asiamoney, a leading financial magazine in the Asia-Pacific region. The award is the result of Asiamoney’s annual poll of fund managers and analysts to recognize the best-managed small, medium, and large cap corporations across the region. ”They’ve paid down the most debt and successfully developed an international reputation for acceptable levels of health care at very competitive prices—from basic medical health check-ups to serious operations,” Asiamoney quoted one head of equity research as saying about the hospital. The magazine added that Bumrungrad was given the accolade for having “honest management committed to innovation.”

Bumrungrad launches 2009 Great Chefs program - Top local chefs design menus based on ‘Amazing Thailand’

Bumrungrad International is pleased to announce the launch of its 2009 “Great Chefs” program—now in its 10th consecutive year. Over the past nine years, Bumrungrad International has showcased some of Thailand’s best restaurants and hotels through its Great Chefs program. This year, 12 of the country’s finest chefs, together with the hospital’s nutritionists and food service partner Sodexo, will create healthy menus representing “The Seven Amazing Wonders of Thailand.” The Great Chefs 2009 theme thus compliments the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s ‘Amazing Thailand’ campaign to promote the country internationally. Every year Bumrungrad treats 1.2 million patients from over 190 countries. It is the most popular hospital destination for the world’s medical tourists. “We introduced Great Chefs in 2000 to demonstrate that hospital food doesn’t have to be boring,” said Mr. Mack Banner, Bumrungrad’s CEO. “This year, we wanted to connect these expert chefs to what’s special about Thailand—for example, great beaches and delicious seafood. The TAT campaign offers a natural tie-in.” The participating hotels include: Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok, Pan Pacific Bangkok, Sofitel Centara Grand Bangkok, Banyan Tree Bangkok, JW Marriott Bangkok, Pathumwan Princess, Amari Boulevard, Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa, Conrad Bangkok, Dusit Thani Bangkok, InterContinental Bangkok, and Courtyard By Marriott Bangkok. Under the Great Chef program, top hotel chefs work with Sodexo, Bumrungrad’s food service partner, to design 12 special menus, each featured for one month of the year. These menus are available at no extra charge, giving patients the opportunity to sample creative dishes from Thailand’s culinary experts. The hospital serves over 1,000 Great Chef meals each month.

Bumrungrad International hospital won 1st Place as “Best Website for International Medical Travel” at the 2008 Consumer Health World Awards event in the US capitol.

www.bumrungrad.com is a hospital website serving international audiences, Thais, and expatriates. The Award organizers said the site “makes it easy for prospective patients to find the information they are interested in, provide an efficient way to make inquiries and request appointments, and provide information to help international medical travelers understand how to get care at Bumrungrad.” JWT Connect, Bangkok, helped the hospital redesign its home page, focusing on audience segmentation and content architecture, earlier this year. The award adds to a list of honors achieved by Bumrungrad in 2008, including “Thailand’s Most Innovative Company” by Chulalongkorn University’s School of Business; top medical tourism destination (Tourism Authority of Thailand); top Thai company for quality of products and services (Asian Wall Street Journal); and excellence in information technology (Assoc. of Medical Directors of Information Systems).

Bumrungrad hospital wins first “Thailand’s Most Innovative Company” award

Bumrungrad International hospital has won “Thailand’s Most Innovative Company” award in the first year of the event, organized by Chulalongkorn University’s School of Business. The competition considered over 500 publicly-listed companies, narrowing them down on the basis of performance, innovation, internal processes and management. Bumrungrad and PTT Exploration and Production were named winners in the Service and Manufacturing categories, respectively. The award adds to a list of honors achieved by Bumrungrad this year, including top medical tourism destination (Tourism Authority of Thailand); top Thai company for quality of products and services (Asian Wall Street Journal); and excellence in information technology (Assoc. of Medical Directors of Information Systems). Dr. Chamaree Chuapetcharasopon (left), the hospital’s Medical Director, accepted the award from Prof. Dr. Pirom Kamol-Ratanakul, President of Chulalongkorn University.

Bumrungrad International Clinic Honoured at 2008 Asia Pacific interior Design Awards

Bumrungrad International Clinic has received international recognition for its design at the 16th Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards.

Bumrungrad International Introduces Laptop Service for Inpatients

Bumrungrad International now offers rental of a unique laptop designed for inpatients. The laptops come attached to a rolling over-bed table like the ones used to serve meals. They include hygienic rubber keyboards that are washed and sterilized between users. The new laptops come complete with internet connections via the hospital’s high-speed Wi-Fi system. Bumrungrad introduced Wi-Fi last year, providing 300 access points to give patients and guests with capable devices internet access from anywhere in the hospital. The Wi-Fi network – one of the largest in Thailand – uses state-of-the-art technology from Motorola to assure both reliability and security.

Hospital response to allegations by author of The American Medical Money Machine

The author of a book recently published by Humonculus Press, Mexico City, makes several disturbing allegations about medical care in Thailand and Bumrungrad in particular. Our response is here.

Microsoft to Acquire Innovative Healthcare Technology and Assets From Global Care Solutions

Collaborative alliance with Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok will help bring enterprise-class health information system solutions to market around the world. BANGKOK, Thailand — Oct. 29, 2007 — Building on a worldwide commitment to improving health through software technology, Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire software, intellectual property and other assets from Global Care Solutions (GCS), a privately held company based in Bangkok, Thailand, that develops enterprise-class health information systems. The acquisition complements Microsoft’s already strong portfolio of health solutions and will provide hospitals across international markets with a new alternative to achieve improved workflow and patient safety through information technology. GCS employees will join Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group, which will manage product development and delivery. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bumrungrad International Recognized by International Hospital Quality Organization for Best Practices in Heart Attack and Stroke Treatment

Dr. Karoon Mekanontchai, Medical Director, Dr. Apichati Sivayathorn, Chief Medical Officer of Bumrungrad International, held a press conference to announce that Bumrungrad has again earned international recognition for the excellence of Thai healthcare. The Joint Commission International (JCI) – the leading international evaluator of hospital quality – certified that Bumrungrad’s programs for treating strokes and heart attacks meet international standards and follow the latest US clinical guidelines.