GLENEAGLES Penang commemorated its 40th anniversary with great pomp and splendour at the E&O Hotel, attended by the hospital’s doctors, staff and business partners.
Guests were feted to a Chinese eight-course dinner and entertained by a band and a dancing troupe.
“In the early 70s, a small group of Penang businessmen had a vision that recognised the need for a top-class facility to offer the residents of Penang specialised medical care and expertise.
“And that group comprised the late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew, Datuk Tan Kim Yeow, Choong Eng Kim, Datuk Yeap Hock Hoe, Mayan Abubacker and the late Datuk Dr R.N. Pannikar.
“Then known as the Penang Medical Centre before Gleneagles International took over in 1989, the hospital, which was only a three-storey building with 70 beds, opened its doors on July 1, 1973,” said Gleneagles Penang Board of Directors chairman Datuk Seri Dr Goh Eng Toon in his speech.
Four senior consultants from the Penang Hospital – Datuk Dr V. Thuraisingham, Datuk Dr A. Tharmaratnam, Datuk Dr P.C. Vanniasingham and Dr Goh Kay Wah were invited to join forces with the visionaries.
Kay Wah, who is the hospital’s medical superintendent, then took the guests down memory lane with the history of the hospital’s beginnings with a slideshow.
Gleneagles Penang also donated RM10,000 to the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (Penang branch) during the dinner.
Eng Toon added that the old building was currently undergoing extensive refurbishment and improvements which were expected to be completed by the middle of next year.
He added that the new building which was completed recently had 400 beds.
The celebration ended with a cake cutting ceremony by the hospital’s pioneer founders and board of directors.
Present at the dinner were IHH Holdings Berhad Tan Sri Datuk Abu Bakar Suleiman, Parkway Pantai Limited chairman Datuk Mohammed Azlan Hashim, Pantai Holdings Berhad chairman Datuk Khairil Anuar Abdullah and Star Publications (M) Bhd senior regional manager (operations) David Yeoh.