KPJ opens two new hospitals


  • Business
  • Thursday, 23 Oct 2003

BY ZARINAH DAUD in Penang

KPJ Healthcare Bhd, the country's largest private healthcare service provider, is opening two new hospitals in Kuching and Seremban, bringing the total number of its hospitals to 13. 

Its chairman Tan Sri Muhamad Ali Hashim said the company had invested a total RM45mil to build KPJ Kuching Specialist Hospital and the Seremban Specialist Hospital. 

Tan Sri Mohamad Ali Hashim

The Kuching hospital would be operational this December and that in Seremban early next year, he added. 

Ali said KPJ would also be spending another RM70mil to build a new Tawakal Hospital in Kuala Lumpur because the existing one could no longer accommodate the increasing number of patients. 

“The new building would be built near the existing Tawakal Hospital and would be ready in two years. We are also increasing the number of beds from 140 to 200 and will be offering additional facilities including cardiology and fertility services,” he said after witnessing the signing of a tripartite agreement for the design, build and lease agreement between KPJ, Aseania Development Sdn Bhd and Penang Regional Development Authority on Tuesday.  

Also present was Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.  

The agreement will enable Aseania to build a RM35mil six-storey hospital equipped with 180 beds, four operation theatres and one intensive care unit for KPJ.  

KPJ now has a hospital in Bukit Mertajam, known as the Bukit Mertajam Specialist Hospital, which will be relocated to the new block and subsequently renamed Se- berang Perai Specialist Hospital. 

The new hospital will be ready in 2005 to cater to the growing population of Seberang Perai and neighbouring Kedah.  

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