First Hotel focused on Health Tourism in Santiago, DR

In the presence of President Luis Abinader and Tourism Minister David Collado, the Santiago Metropolitan Hospital Board of Directors opened the doors to the Homs Health and Wellness Center, the country’s first health tourism hotel.

“Santiago’s strength is that entrepreneurs unite to go beyond the pursuit of profit maximization, and it is ultimately this vicious circle that leads a city to develop,” said Mr. Abinader.

He noted that “in a month’s time, we’ll have the critical roadmap, the plan to develop health tourism in the Dominican Republic, which I consider to be one of the most important new businesses and a sector that’s going to grow.”

The center will be managed under the Marriott International franchise. The hotel is a Residence Inn.

Project specifications

The $108 million project comprises 51,000 sq.m. of construction over two buildings, one of which is thirteen levels with 167 state-of-the-art consulting rooms, private waiting rooms, a sample collection area and lactation rooms on each level. There are also areas for specialties such as ophthalmology and cardiology, and a biomedical research laboratory.

There are also centers specializing in pathologies whose treatments are much in demand by health tourists, such as dentistry, anti-aging and aesthetic medicine, the sleep unit, microbiota studies and metabolic surgery, among others.

The second building has 115 rooms on ten levels to offer accommodation services with facilities for families and professionals coming from abroad to perform procedures in the hospital center, as well as for the general public visiting the city.

Modern convention center

In addition to a modern convention center with a seating capacity of 426 and a standing capacity of 500, featuring an innovative retractable seating system that allows chairs to be deployed and removed automatically, making it the ideal space for telemedicine, conferences, training activities, congresses and social events, as well as auxiliary rooms for meetings, 700 parking spaces, 18 elevators and a loading dock.

In this sense, Rafael Sánchez Español, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Homs, stated that “this achievement is the result of our innovative spirit, which has enabled us to position ourselves as leaders in robotic surgery in the country, the main protagonist of health tourism in the northern zone and now as pioneers in having a state-of-the-art center that represents a long-term commitment, stimulating economic growth, creating jobs and promoting the development of local skills with the new vision of a tourist Santiago.”

“These advances clearly reflect how our country is positioning itself in terms of health tourism internationally, as a leader in health tourism in the Caribbean,” said Victor Atallah, Minister of Public Health.

According to Listín Diario, El Homs is a founding member of the Dominican Health Tourism Association (ADTS) and holds international health services accreditation from Accreditation Canada (ACI).


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