JOHOR BARU: A private hospital will be built at Afiat Healthpark in Nusajaya, which is within Iskandar Malaysia.
The 70-bed hospital is expected to begin operations in 2010.
It will be equipped with laboratory and diagnostic services, outpatient and inpatient services, and ample parking facilities.
The project is a joint venture between Nusajaya Medical Park (NMPSB) a subsidiary of UEM Land and Columbia Asia.
A sale and purchase agreement was signed on April 14 between UEM Land managing director Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim and Columbia Asia Group of Companies chairman Rick Evans.
Under the terms, Columbia Asia shall purchase more than 1ha from NMPSB for a total consideration if RM4.818mil.
Wan Abdullah said the project was to be carried out in view of the tremendous potential and growth prospects of Iskandar Malaysia (formerly known as Iskandar Development Region).
Afiat Healthpark is intended to meet the under-served healthcare needs of the community in Nusajaya.
We are confident that the hospital will cater to demand for better healthcare services and facilities, he said.
The hospital will be part of the first phase of Afiat Healthpark, which will include a private specialist clinic and health-screening centre.
The second phase will comprise a dialysis and rehabilitation centre, a nursing college and a traditional and complementary medicine academy.
Afiat Healthpark is located on the northern part of Nusajaya, which houses Johor's new administrative centre.
Other developments in the area are Puteri Harbour (a waterfront precinct), an education city, an international destination resort with theme parks, and residential and commercial blocks.