KKR-backedÂ Radiant Life Care is in talks with the trustees of Jaslok Hospital to take over its operations and management, reports Mint.
"Radiant is leading talks for an operations and management alliance with Jaslok Hospital on the lines of its existing arrangement with Delhi's BLK Super Speciality Hospital and Mumbai's Nanavati hospital," a source told the paper.
Mumbai-based Jaslok Hospital is said to be the oldest tertiary care hospital in the country. Set-up in 1973, it has 364 beds, including 75 beds in intensive care units.
As per the report,Â Hinduja Group and Malaysiaâ€™s IHH Healthcare are also in the fray to acquire Jaslok's operations and management.
"The talks are progressing well although there are other suitors such as Hinduja Group and Malaysiaâ€™s IHH Healthcare," a source told the paper, adding that theÂ trustees are keen on getting a professional operator to run the hospital.
The KKR-backed firm,Â which develops, manages and operates healthcare facilities, already has an operations and management alliance with BLK Super Speciality Hospital and Mumbai's DrÂ Balabhai Nanavati Hospital.
In 2017, KKR has acquired 49 percent stake in Radiant for $200 million. Radiant, set-up in 2000,Â forayed into the healthcare sector with the redevelopment of New Delhi's BLK Super Specialty HospitalÂ for Rs 350 crore. It has also partnered with B&B Hospital in Nepal to help set-up surgical and medical oncology programmes, the report said.
Radiant, which tied up with Nanavati Hospital in 2014 in a profit-sharing arrangement, is responsible to develop Nanavati Hospital into a super speciality hospital and add 250 beds to its current 360-bed capacity.
"This subject is entirely in the realm of speculation," Abhay Soi, Chairman and Managing Director at Radiant, told the paper.
In the six months ended June 30, the healthcare sector in India saw 23 private equity and venture capital deals worth $679 million as against 20 deals worth $402 million for the corresponding period a year ago, according to an EY report.