Aakash Healthcare, a healthcare provider in India, has announced its plans to establish specialised orthopaedic hospitals in Tier II cities across the country, reported The Economic Times.

Over the next three years, the company aims to invest about Rs1bn ($12.16m) in setting up around ten orthopaedic facilities in Tier II cities such as Meerut, Panchkula, Panipat, and Bahadurgarh.

The expansion is intended to provide orthopaedic healthcare to smaller cities, following the success of its 230-bed hospital in Dwarka and an orthopaedic facility in Agra.

Aakash Healthcare plans to adopt an asset-light model by utilizing partnerships and other arrangements for establishing these facilities.

The focus of the facilities will be on advanced orthopaedic procedures such as robotic joint replacements, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgeries, and minimally invasive fracture and spine procedures.

Last year, Aakash Healthcare acquired a 50-bed hospital in Uzbekistan and has plans to invest approximately $10m over three years to further expand its presence.

Aakash Healthcare managing director Aashish Chaudhry said: “There are facilities that exist in big cities which can take care of the specialised jobs in the orthopaedic area.

“With these new centres which we plan to set up, we want to deliver the same kind of healthcare in smaller cities as well.”

He further added: “We plan to come up with ten facilities over the next three years entailing an investment of around Rs1bn ($12.16m).

“The centres would follow the hub and spoke mechanism with Dwarka facility leading the initiative.”