"But healthy competition is likewise arising as far as the acquisition of existing hospitals is concerned. In several instances in the recent past, we heard that MVP’s group faced stiff competition with another group that is likewise building a chain of healthcare hubs and is also backed by a group with strong financial muscle. It’s not the Ayala group, which has taken the greenfield route in developing its chain of healthcare centers in partnership with the Mercado medical group and has also gone down to the communities by putting up retail clinics combining pharmaceutical and medical services under the brand ‘Family Doc.’
"The competitor we’re talking about is the Campos family’s Mount Grace Hospital Ventures Inc., which-according to the grapevine-has beaten MVP’s group in the bidding war for some hospitals up from grabs. We’ve also seen Mount Grace testing the government’s public-private partnership framework a few years ago with its interest to bid for the Department of Health’s Orthopedic Center project (eventually won by the lone bidder, a consortium led by Megawide group).
"Mount Grace, of course, draws synergy from the pharmaceutical business of its principal investor, the Campos family. The Unilab group is now a leading pharmaceutical company in Southeast Asia with annual revenue exceeding $3 billion, including those from its overseas production sites. The pharmaceutical giant is a growing Filipino multinational corporation, now with at least six factories in the Philippines, two in Indonesia, and one each in Vietnam and Thailand.
"We heard that Mount Grace is working on a further synergy-building or prospective unified promotion/branding for its chain of healthcare centers. There are now 10 under the Mount Grace umbrella: Medical Center Manila (Manila Med), Tagaytay Medical Center, VRP (Victor R. Potenciano) Medical Center, Westlake Medical Center, The Good Samaritan Hospital System Inc., Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Health Serv Medical Center, Mother Theresa of Calcutta Medical Center, Grace General Hospital and Fe del Mundo Medical Center.
"So next time that a fairly sizeable hospital is on the block, we can expect who the bidders will be." -Doris Dumlao-Abadilla.
"Biz Buzz: Fake infra news?" Business Section. Philippine Daily Inquirer. 10 February 2017.