NUSAJAYA: Columbia Asia, an international healthcare provider based in Malaysia, will open three more community hospitals in the country by the year-end and early 2011.
Chief executive officer (South-East Asia) Kelvin Tan said the three new hospitals, each costing RM60mil, were in Bukit Rimau, Balakong and Setapak – all in Selangor.
He said this would increase the number of Columbia Asia’s hospitals in Malaysia to 10 – the others are in Seremban, Taiping, Miri, Bintulu, Shah Alam, Puchong and Nusajaya.
“We will continue to expand our operations in and around the neighbourhood communities, targeting the emerging middle-income group,’’ said Tan.
He said this during a media tour to Columbia Asia’s latest outfit – a RM70mil, 82-bed hospital at Afiat Healthpark @ Nusajaya.
Located on 27.51ha, Afiat Healthpark @ Nusajaya has facilities such as private hospital, health-screening centre, outpatient clinic, dialysis centres, traditional Chinese medicine academy and nursing college.
Tan said the company was able to keep its operating costs low by opening hospitals in the neighbourhoods rather than in city centres.
This allows it to offer services at rates affordable by average wage earners.
Tan said Columbia Asia would bank on the location of the hospital in Nusajaya, a city with 60,000 population which is also one of the five flagship development zones in Iskandar Malaysia.
He said the company would also target Malaysians working in Singapore but living in Johor Baru and Singaporeans working in the republic but staying here.
Tan said Columbia Asia had no plans to focus on health tourism in Iskandar Malaysia. Health tourism is one of the sectors that have been identified to spearhead services segment in the growth corridor.
“We would rather focus on what we know best – providing quality healthcare services to middle-income group and average wage earners,’’ he said.