Hospital celebrates legacy with commitment to sustainability


A 3D visual of the remodelled facade of Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

PANTAI Hospital Kuala Lumpur (PHKL) marked a significant milestone with its 50th anniversary gala dinner, an event that highlighted the hospital’s legacy and ambitions in healthcare.

In five decades, PHKL has grown from a small private facility into a tertiary hospital featuring 380 beds, eight operating rooms and over 120 clinics.

It has received prestigious international accreditations and spearheaded numerous medical advancements, according to a media statement from the hospital.

PHKL is part of Pantai Hospitals under IHH Healthcare.

The gala dinner, attended by PHKL’s healthcare professionals, partners and community leaders, was a tribute to PHKL’s journey and its vision for the future.

A highlight of the evening was the unveiling of a comprehensive remodelling plan for PHKL.

Set to be completed in five years, the project includes extensive upgrades to facilities, enhancement of medical technologies and expansion of service spaces.

PHKL chief executive officer Erica Lam said, “We are embarking on a transformative journey, enhancing our medical technologies and expanding our spaces to better serve our community.

“The remodelling aims to redefine PHKL as a model smart hospital with 12 operating theatres including a hybrid room, doubling its accident and emergency facilities, increasing the number of beds and expanding to 200 clinics.

(From left) IHH directors Cammie Mok and Datuk Seri Muthanna Abdullah, IHH Healthcare Malaysia chief executive officer Jean Francois Naa, IHH Healthcare Group chief executive officer Dr Prem Kumar Nair, Lam, IHH directors Ong Ai Lin and Bryan Lim, PHKL chief operating officer Kwan Choong Yoong and medical director Dr M. Narayanan.(From left) IHH directors Cammie Mok and Datuk Seri Muthanna Abdullah, IHH Healthcare Malaysia chief executive officer Jean Francois Naa, IHH Healthcare Group chief executive officer Dr Prem Kumar Nair, Lam, IHH directors Ong Ai Lin and Bryan Lim, PHKL chief operating officer Kwan Choong Yoong and medical director Dr M. Narayanan.

“These enhancements reflect PHKL’s dedication to delivering exceptional healthcare services and adapting to evolving medical needs.”

At the event, the hospital also underscored its commitment to sustainability and community engagement.

A notable initiative announced was the contribution of 500 saplings to social enterprise Animal Projects and Environmental Education Malaysia sites along Sungai Kinabatangan in Sabah.

This three-month collaboration that started on Feb 1 symbolised PHKL’s dedication to environmental conservation, the media statement said.

“For 50 years, PHKL has been a beacon of excellence, constantly innovating and striving for the highest standards in healthcare,” said Lam.

“As we look ahead, our focus remains steadfast on providing personalised, sustainable and high-quality care.

“Our initiative to establish a dedicated team and resources for conducting clinical trials is particularly noteworthy, as it’s uncommon for private hospitals to engage in such research- intensive endeavours.

“This demonstrates our commitment to pioneering in medical science and offering novel treatment options to our patients.

“The implementation of the value-driven outcomes (VDO) programme is a significant stride towards transforming healthcare delivery,” she said.

Lam said that VDO was designed to offer high-quality care that was not only safe, appropriate and effective but also cost-efficient, and focused on rationalising healthcare costs while ensuring optimal patient outcomes.

“Also of note is our antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) initiative, a coordinated programme promoting the appropriate use of antibiotics.

“AMS is crucial for enhancing patient health outcomes and preventing the overuse and misuse of these vital medications.

“These programmes together, encapsulate our commitment to make healthcare truly more sustainable,” Lam added.

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