ECONOMY

Hygeia to open unit in Tirana

Healthcare group Hygeia plans to open a 50-million-euro hospital in Albania in December, its first step into the Balkans, the company said yesterday. «Our goal is attend to patients not only in Albania but also from Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro,» said Anthony Rapp, the head of organization and growth at Hygeia. The seven-story hospital, called Hygeia Hospital Tirana, will be located in a central part of the city, offering 220 beds and employing more than 400 people. The company, whose shares are traded on the Athens bourse, has said it expects to move ahead with an 80-million-euro investment program in 2009. Hygeia, part-owned by Marfin Investment Group (MIG), plans to become the largest healthcare group in Southeastern Europe and the Middle East. Its shares ended unchanged at 1.61 euros on the Athens bourse yesterday, bringing its market capitalization to 202.2 million euros.