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Gleneagles Hospital set to open two more hospitals by 2014

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 14): Gleneagles Hospital under its parent company, Parkway Pantai Ltd, is set to open two more hospitals by 2014 in Malaysia at an approximate cost of RM700 million.

In addition to the new openings, the hospital operator is in a continuous lookout for more landbank in the East Coast region, its Regional Chief Executive Officer of Gleneagles Hospital cum chief executive officer of Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, Amir Firdaus Abdullah said.

He said the two new hospitals, located in Iskandar Malaysia and Kota Kinabalu, are now seeing earthworks development and by 2014, should be fully operational.

"We have the aim of establishing at least 2,000 more beds by 2020 from the current 380 at the Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Gleneagles Penang.

"The hospital in the Iskandar region will host an initial 150 beds but boast a total capacity of 300, while that in Kota Kinabalu, will have 200," he told Bernama in an interview, here today.

Both the Gleneagles medical centres are part of Pantai Holdings Bhd, the operator of private hospitals in the country under the Pantai and Gleagles-brands.

Amir said the hospital operator is also in the midst of identifying new landbank in the East Coast region to open hospitals.

"We are also looking to acquire smaller hospitals in the region," he said, without naming any company under Gleneagles's consideration.

On the Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, Amir said the company has started the ground works to build a RM140 million, 10-storey block, specially designed for a comprehensive suite of modern healthcare facilities.

"Construction has started and completion is projected for 2014. The new building will host 100 more beds and an additional 40 consultant suites.

"This brings the total number of beds in the Kuala Lumpur branch to 430," he added.

The Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur boasts a total of 1,200 outpatients and 300 in patients daily. — Bernama

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