Mr.Chalerm Harnphanich, M.D., Ph.D. is the founder and CEO of Bangkok Chain Hospital PCL. (“BCH”). Mr.Chalerm is an entrepreneur and industry veteran with more than 32 years of private hospital business in Thailand. He is currently the President of Private Hospital Association of ASEAN and the former president of the Private Hospital Association of Thailand.
Mr.Chalerm is a Doctor of Medicine with the Board Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Mahidol University. He also holds a Master Degree in Business Administration and obtained an honorary degree of Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and received executive certificates from prestigious organizations including Chulalongkorn University and Thai Institute of Directors Association.
As for his personal life, Mr.Chalerm was born on 29 January 1954 in a family that involves in trading, gas station, rice mill and real estate development business. He was married to Assistant Professor Somporn Harnphanich and has three children. Mr.Chalerm and his wife gave freedom to their children to choose their own educational preferences. The eldest daughter, Ms. Pornluck, M.D., chose to study Doctor of Medicine at Thammasart University, the top university in Thailand and she also studied Master in Healthcare and Wellness Management from Mahidol University. His second son, Mr.Kantaporn, chose to study MBA and BBA from Assumption University, Master in Healthcare and Wellness Management from Mahidol University and the youngest daughter, Mrs.Pornsuda, studied Master in Finance from University College Dublin and BBA from Thammasart University, Master in Healthcare and Wellness Management from Mahidol University also . The three children’s educational background well cover and are sufficient to pursue the succession plan from their parents. The qualities in his children were developed from Mr.Chalerm’s principle which is “Know your role and always do the best in your duty”.
As Mr.Chalerm’s family business backgrounds were in commerce, these paved the way for him to be an entrepreneur in healthcare business. Back in 1984, he saw the lack of supplies in the healthcare service in Bangkok and Bangkok Metropolitan in which the hospitals, at that time, were difficult to access and were lacking in standards and less qualified to carry on. As a result, it led to the idea of establishing the first hospital branch, Kasemrad Hospital Bangkae, to help people access to a hospital that offers better service quality with fair medical service fee with the consideration of ethical manner and loyalty to profession.