The Tamil Nadu-based Apollo Hospitals group will set up 250 small hospitals across the country including the north-east by 2013, a senior company official revealed recently. “We will increase our network in eastern and north-eastern India by setting up more hospitals to provide health services at the doorsteps of the people in the region,” Apollo Hospitals CEO Rupali Basu told reporters here. “Equipped with the latest technology, the existing 41 hospitals of the Apollo group have been providing international standard healthcare facilities in different parts of India,” Basu said. “Tie-ups have been established with various governments of eastern India to provide healthcare to government hospitals,” she added. According to Basu, the group has now decided to expand, taking up an ambitious project to set up 250 small hospitals in both urban and semi-urban centres across India.