THERE will be a double celebration in Ayer Itam, Penang, when Kek Lok Si Temple celebrates its 130th year anniversary and officially opens the Kek Lok Si Charitable Hospital (KLSCH) on Dec 22.
Organising chairman Datuk Seri Steven Ooi Teik Heng, who is also a KLSCH board member, said a ceremony for the auspicious event would be held at 8.30am under strict standard operating procedures and viewable live on social media platforms.
“The hospital’s grand opening will be held in front of the hospital overlooking the temple up the hill.
“The event is open to only a limited number of guests, so the public who wish to follow may view it on social media platforms such as Facebook.
“The hospital will be operating as usual to provide medical services throughout the event,” said Ooi during a press conference near the hospital on Friday.
Among distinguished guests to be present are Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Consul-General of China in Penang Lu Shiwei, state executive councillors and representatives of charitable organisations.
Ooi said that on the same day, a Dharma assembly would be held at the temple.
KLSCH chief operating officer Dr Thor Teong Gee said the centre, which started operating on July 18, currently has 50 beds and its facilities include an X-Ray room, CT-scan, intensive care units, operating theatres, dialysis centre and general wards.
“There are 48 in-patient beds, two intensive care unit beds and six haemodialysis machines.
“There are two operating theatres with seven specialist consultants available,” he said.
Present at the press conference were KLSCH board chairman Datuk Seri Venerable Seck Jit Heng and board member Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan.
Located in the green lung of Ayer Itam, KLSCH is a five-storey non-profit charitable hospital with a built-up area of 68,000sq ft.