A private hospital not aiming to be a commercial operation but to be a committed caregiver for the sick, and run by a retired Lankan school teacher has clinched the Best Western Provincial Entrepreneur of Sri Lanka on 17 October in Colombo.
Minister Risahd Bathiudeen was the chief guest at the 2017 Western Provincial Entrepreneur Awards event jointly held by the Chamber of Commerce and National Enterprise Development Agency (NEDA). The second awards festival to be held in this annual series, it featured awards for Lankan MSME entrepreneurs in many categories including agriculture, livestock, fisheries, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality. The top award, the Best Western Provincial Entrepreneur of 2017 was won by Sethma Hospital Pvt Limited in Gampaha. Minister Batiudeen stressed that this was a good example of entrepreneurial success to be followed by other would be entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka. “These awards are aimed at encouraging our entrepreneurs who are part of economic reforms of the unity government, he said.
The top award, the Best Western Provincial Entrepreneur of 2017 was won by Sethma Hospital Pvt Limited in Gampaha, a privately owned hospital under Sethma Group of Companies. Its board is chaired by Mrs. Y.M. Sudumenike, a retired teacher of Sri Lanka’s Education Department. Apart from Chairing the Board, she also actively monitors the Hospital’s accounts. At a personal investment of US $ 870,000, by her husband Dr DCS Jayasuriya (MBBS-Sri Lanka) who continues to be a humble doctor with the state sector, Sethma Hospital began operations in 2006 in Gampaha. Today it is a sprawling US $1.6 Mn, 35-bed medium scale private hospital approved by Sri Lanka Health Ministry with all preliminary care facilities, reporting the largest market share in Gampaha District. “ The MSME healthcare operation is now planning to expand; “We started this together, investing our hard earned savings way back in 2006. Now we are planning for our expansion at Rs 290 million (US $1.6 Mn) with new wards and more medical services” said a content Dr Jayasuriya.
Not surprisingly, Sethma Hospitals also clinched the 2017 award for Employing Most Number of Women by an MSME at the October 17 evening MSME felicitation event.