New Columbia Asia hos­pi­tal for Miri ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2019

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MIRI: A new Columbia Asia hos­pi­tal with im­proved fa­cil­i­ties will be built here to re­place the ex­ist­ing build­ing, which is more than two decades old.

To be sited on a 2.5-acre land at Ma­rina Parkc­ity, the project is ex­pected to start be­fore the end of this year and to be com­pleted in 2019. It will come equipped with 60 beds — dou­ble the num­ber of beds at the cur­rent hos­pi­tal.

“We have al­ready pur­chased the land and we are wait­ing for in­struc­tions to start the build­ing and once com­pleted, we will be able to dou­ble the ca­pac­ity that we have at the mo­ment,” Columbia Asia Group of Com­pa­nies med­i­cal direc­tor Dr Ab­dul Rah­man Mo­hamad told re­porters at the Columbia Asia Hos­pi­tal Miri 2017 An­nual Din­ner at a ho­tel here on Satur­day.

Dr Ab­dul Rah­man said that the hos­pi­tal is also look­ing at adding other new ser­vices.

“These ser­vices will serve the needs of sev­eral spe­cial­ties in­clud­ing on­col­ogy, car­di­ol­ogy and neu­rol­ogy,” he said, with­out dis­clos­ing the cost of the new build­ing and ser­vices.

Cur­rently there are two Columbia Asia hos­pi­tals in Sarawak — one here and the other in Bin­tulu.

“We will also be adding more beds to the hos­pi­tal in Bin­tulu. Eighty per cent of ren­o­va­tion works is done now and they are ex­pected to be com­pleted in De­cem­ber,” he said.

He dis­closed that other devel­op­ment projects by Columbia Asia would in­clude the build­ing of new hos­pi­tals in Se­lan­gor, Pe­nang and Johor.

Through the es­tab­lish­ment of these new hos­pi­tals, Dr Ab­dul Rah­man hoped that Columbia Asia would be able to be­come a bil­lion- dol­lar com­pany with en­cour­ag­ing rev­enue growth.

“It will also cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he added.

More than 200 guests at­tended the hos­pi­tal’s 22nd an­nual din­ner in­clud­ing spe­cial­ists, gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers and col­lab­o­ra­tors.

“Through this event, we want ev­ery­one to get to­gether, re­lax and have fun es­pe­cially af­ter a hard day’s work at the hos­pi­tal. It is an ideal time for them to let their hair down by in­ter­act­ing with and strength­en­ing bonds between one an­other,” Columbia Asia Hos­pi­tal Miri chief of nurs­ing ser­vices Ho Siew Choon added.

Singing and dance per­for­mances as well as lucky draws were among the high­lights of the evening.

Con­sul­tant pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Philip Raja (fifth right) presents win­ning team Columbia Boys Per­for­mance with their prize for ‘Best Per­for­mance’.

Qual­ity as­sur­ance ex­ec­u­tive/in­fec­tion con­trol nurse Hii Lu Kiong (left) ac­cepts the lucky draw grand prize of Tis­sot cou­ple watches from East Malaysia re­gional gen­eral man­ager Yeoh Kim Looi.

One of the many per­for­mances staged dur­ing the an­nual din­ner.

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