IHH Healthcare partners Pelaburan Hartanah for new 260-bed medical block

KUALA LUMPUR: IHH Healthcare Malaysia has partnered with Pelaburan Hartanah Bhd (PHB) for the development of a new medical block adjacent to the current Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur complex.

The new purpose-built medical block for Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur, to be completed by 2027, is envisioned to encompass 470,000 square feet gross floor area with over 260 beds, subject to regulatory approvals. 

The new facility will be leased from PHB for an initial period of 20 years.

It will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities aimed at providing patients with highly specialised care in emerging sub-specialties such as micro and hand, foot and ankle, spine surgeries. 

It is also specifically designed with a high allocation of single beds to meet rising demand for individualised patient care.

Post-expansion, Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur will enter a new phase of growth and is on track to be one of the largest private hospitals in Malaysia by 2027, with over 700 beds.

IHH Healthcare Malaysia chief executive officer Jean-François Naa said the company is strengthening Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur's position as one of the leading private healthcare providers in Malaysia. 

He said this is in line with IHH Healthcare Malaysia's organic growth strategy to expand the availability of quality healthcare across its network.

"This will enable us to deliver exceptional care to meet the growing demands of local patients and medical tourists," he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, PHB group managing director and chief executive officer Mohamad Damshal Awang Damit said the longstanding collaboration with Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur since 2011 reflects PHB's commitment to fostering economic growth through property investment. 

He said with the aim of achieving a RM25 billion asset portfolio by 2030, PHB is strategically rebalancing its investments in healthcare, industrial sectors, K-12 schools and data centres to ensure sustainable income. 

"PHB is also dedicated to providing added value as a monetisation and financial partner, enabling our collaborators to concentrate on their core business, while efficiently allocating their capital towards primary operations," he noted. 

In line with IHH's commitment to uphold environmental, social, governance (ESG), the new medical block is expected to incorporate green building features for better energy efficiency and indoor environment quality.

IHH is one of the largest private healthcare providers in Malaysia, with approximately 3,000 beds. 

The healthcare network comprises 11 Pantai Hospitals, four Gleneagles Hospitals and Prince Court Medical Centre, complemented by ancillary services including Pantai Integrated Rehab and Premier Integrated Labs, and a chain of primary care clinics under Twin Towers Medical Centre.

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