LONDON: The National Heart Institute (IJN) is branching out of Kuala Lumpur to bring its world-class medical treatment and healthcare services to more people as well as enhance its role in medical tourism.
IJN chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub said the hospital intended to set up branches in the northern, central and southern regions of the peninsula.
Construction on its first branch in Johor Baru would begin next year and is expected to be completed in three years, he told reporters after a meeting with collaborators from private hospitals here.
The government-owned private hospital is presently in discussion with an interested party to set up a second branch in the Klang Valley.
In the meantime, IJN is looking for a location for its third branch up north, and Dr Mohd Azhari mentioned places like a spot on the mainland closer to the second Penang bridge or Kulim.
He said the expansion plan came about due to encouraging response to IJN’s services from local and foreign patients as well as from the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) and the Joint Commission International (JCI).
“MHTC has identified us as the flagship hospital for cardiology treatment and cardiac surgery. MHTC promotes us around the world,” he said.