IS­LAND HOS­PI­TAL PLANS RM2B MED­I­CAL CITY

Plan to dou­ble ca­pac­ity to 600 beds un­der first phase of de­vel­op­ment

New Straits Times - - Busi­ness -

AU­DREY DER­MAWAN GE­ORGE TOWN au­dreymd@nst.com.my

IS­LAND Hos­pi­tal, one of the lead­ing med­i­cal tourism hos­pi­tals in the coun­try, will un­der­take the Is­land Med­i­cal City project with a gross de­vel­op­ment value ex­ceed­ing RM2 bil­lion.

In its first phase of de­vel­op­ment, Is­land Hos­pi­tal direc­tor Benny Lim said 300 hos­pi­tal beds would be built to add to the ex­ist­ing 300, mak­ing it Pe­nang’s first 600-bed pri­vate hos­pi­tal.

He added that in com­ple­ment­ing its func­tions, med­i­cal suites, other an­cil­lary fa­cil­i­ties and a ho­tel that ful­fils health­care trav­ellers’ needs would also be built in later stages.

The long-term goal is to reach a ca­pac­ity of 1,000 beds.

“The eco­nomic value of this RM2 bil­lion project is ex­pected to ex­ceed RM7 bil­lion, with ben­e­fits spilling over to other in­dus­tries.

“Upon com­ple­tion, the Is­land Med­i­cal City project will be the first-of-its-kind med­i­cal hub in the coun­try, com­plete with sta­teof-the-art med­i­cal equip­ment and the largest and most ad­vanced ter­tiary care fa­cil­ity.

“Cut­ting-edge med­i­cal tech­nolo­gies will serve new ser­vice lines in on­col­ogy, sub-spe­cial­ties of or­thopaedics, neu­ro­sciences and geri­atrics serv­ing the age­ing pop­u­la­tion,” he said when an­nounc­ing de­tails of the project, here, yes­ter­day.

The project will be sited at Peel Av­enue/Pierce Road, here, on a plot of land alien­ated from the state govern­ment for a long-term lease cost­ing RM156 mil­lion.

In ad­di­tion, the project will cre­ate 2,000 jobs that cover a broad skill spec­trum, from ba­sic labour to med­i­cal spe­cial­ists, for the lo­cals upon its com­ple­tion in five years.

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