By Lizawati Bahanan
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Nov 24 (Bernama) -- KPJ Penang Specialist hospital is set to emerge as the leading specialist centre especially in the Seberang Perai and southern Kedah districts.
KPJ Penang's General Manager for Risk Management Service Abdol Wahab Baba notes that the hospital under the Johor Corporation will be concentrating on treatment for heart ailments.
"Actually the heart care service was planned for the second phase but due to the overwhelming demand KPJ has introduced the service in the first phase itself.
"As the facilities for heart care in the Seberang Perai district is still lacking compared with the one available on the island, KPJ has taken the opportunity to provide this facility," he told Bernama.
Abdul Wahab adds that at present only the operating theater is yet to be equipped and for this purpose they are looking for investors and competent surgeons.
MULTI DISCIPLINE CARE
"Treatment for heart aliments is already available except for heart by-pass, maybe we will be able to introduce this next year," he says.
Other than this KPJ Penang Specialist offers other disciplines like anaesthesiology, ENT surgery, gastroenterology and general surgery.
The other disciplines are internal medicine, nephrology, obstetrics & gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, (paediatrics), rheumatology, radiology and urology.
"The hospital is the 19th opened by KPJ to provide specialist care for the people living in this area.
"With our presence here the public no longer need to go to the island to seek treatment," he said.
The hospital located in Bandar Perda started operations on August 1 this year with the first phase completed in 2008 and the second phase is to be developed in the future.
The KPJ Penang Hospital building has a floor space of 200,000 square feet and the five story building costs RM45 million.
As for a start KPJ Penang only provides 88 beds and 25 consultation clinics, but if there is demand KPJ will increase the bed to 112 in the future.
"Under the second phase KPJ Penang plans to add another 100 beds and when fully completed the hospital will have 236 beds and 40 specialist clinics.
THE STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT
"Other than having highly experienced medical experts, KPJ Penang is also equipped with the state of the art equipment like the 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 64-Slice Computer Tomography (CT) Scanner and the Catheterisation Lab," he said.
He says that KPJ Penang has invested RM25 million for the purchase of the latest equipment in providing healthcare services to customers.
As up to October 2009, there were 224 employees in KPJ Penang with 110 of them being nursing staff and another 114 in the allied health and support services, he said.
"KPJ Penang also has 20 full time specialist consultants and expects the number to increase with time," he says.
Abdol Wahab points that under the five year plan KPJ anticipates accumulated revenue of RM471 million with a pre tax profit of RM11 million.
"Next year KPJ plans to increase the number of beds and other facilities like heart operating theater, urology and dialysis," he said.
In 2008 KPJ hospitals received 1.96 million outpatients and 196,291 inpatients.
As for the half year beginning Sept 30, KPJ reported a revenue of RM709.52 million compared with RM615.07 million for the same period in 2008.
KPJ listed in Bursa Malaysia recorded a pre tax profit of RM76.47 million for the half year ending on Sept 30 compared with RM60.29 million for the same period last year.