Fernando Zobel thrilled to see the completion of Philippines first cancer hospital which he initiated two years ago

Bilyonaryo Fernando Zobel has returned to his post in Ayala Corporation’s (AC) healthcare arm after a one year absence.

In his first official act back as AC Health chairman, Zobel toured the nearly finished Healthway Cancer Care Hospital in Arca South, Taguig City. The facility is currently undergoing its final touches.

“I am very happy to see that the first dedicated cancer specialty hospital in the country is very near completion. We look forward to finally opening the facility so we can fulfill our promise of providing quality ‘care beyond cure’ to Filipino patients,” said Zobel in a statement.

Zobel, who served as chairman of AC Health from 2016 up to September 2022, led the groundbreaking of the facility in 2021.

During his visit, he was accompanied by his elder brother, AC chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, AC Health President & CEO Paolo Borromeo, and other executives of the AC Health group who inspected the facility last Monday.

Zobel’s return to AC Health is part of his “phased return” to leadership positions in the family business after taking a medical leave a year ago. Last week, he also rejoined the Bank of the Philippine Islands’ board of directors.

During his previous tenure, Zobel oversaw significant developments, including the acquisition of Healthway Philippines and a controlling interest in QualiMed Health Network, as well as collaborations with Siemens, Varian, and CTSI.

Furthermore, Zobel played a key role in consolidating the group’s healthtech entities into the KonsultaMD super app through a joint venture with Globe’s 917Ventures.

He also advocated for AC Health’s investments in IE Medica and MedEthix, aiming to enhance the pharmaceutical supply chain and retail network, which includes Generika Drugstores.

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