UCSI to develop health education cluster


  • Business
  • Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011

BY FLORENCE A. SAMY

florenceasamy@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: The UCSI Group is developing a 160-acre integrated health education cluster in Bandar Springhill, Port Dickson, which will feature Malaysia's first private teaching hospital and only anti-aging, aesthetics and regenerative medicine facility.

Its group chairman Datuk Peter Ng said his dream had always been to give back to the community as well as support the economic agenda.

“We are excited to provide excellent healthcare and educational opportunities for all as well as promote the country as an international tourism destination,” he said.

Besides the 1,000-bed USCI University Hospital, the health education township will also include a new university campus, an international school for those aged three to 19, and a hotel to provide patients and visitors with accommodation facilities.

The project is one of the 15 Entry Point Projects under the Economic Transformation Programme which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.

“The health education cluster aims to become an international destination for medical tourism. The hospital will provide world-class healthcare services, including preventative medicine and rehabilitative medical procedures.

“The group is expected to invest RM850mil by 2012, which will generate RM1.3bil in gross national income and 2,000 jobs by 2020,” Najib said in his speech at the sixth ETP progress update here yesterday.

UCSI designate chief executive officer Dan Snyder said the group had begun construction on the township, adding that the university hospital was expected to be completed by end of next year.

“Our goal is to provide the highest quality and accessible healthcare to all. Our chairman is big on giving back to society,” he said, adding that there would be a charity foundation to help those in need.

On the university hospital's anti-aging, aesthetics and regenerative medicine facility, UCSI's Dr Deepali Sharma said the facility would tackle core issues such as nutrition, diet and lifestyle that affect patients' lives.

“This is a new and fast growing speciality. It is in infancy here but is already developed in the United States.

“Many a time, the focus has been on medication and not on what is causing the problem in the first place.

“Our aim is to empower patients and focus on lifestyle and nutrition problems that are affecting them,” said Dr Sharma who is UCSI University's School of Anti-Aging, Aesthetics and Regenerative Medicine head.

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