Columbia Asia: 3 new hospitals in Malaysia by 2018

Columbia Asia, one of the largest healthcare providers in Southeast Asia and India, will be opening three new hospitals in Malaysia by 2018.

The new hospitals are part of the company's US$150 million (RM479.7 million) investment to expand its network to 34 hospitals and one clinic in four years.

The Columbia Asia hospital system, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, currently has five hospitals in the country with a sixth to open in 2016 and a seventh to open in 2017.
The company currently has more than 8,000 employees serving more than two million patients a year in 26 hospitals and one clinic in Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Columbia Asia opened four new hospitals in the last few months namely in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, in the Indonesian city of Semarang and in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, India.

In the next four years, the company said it will open eight more hospitals, three in Malaysia, three in India and two in Indonesia.

"No other healthcare provider in Asia has hospitals in as many countries operating under a single brand. Our goal is to continue to ensure all patients leave our hospitals cared for medically as well as feeling satisfied, respected and comforted," according to the newly appointed CEO of the brand's Asian network, John Northen.

Columbia Asia said its strategy was to create clusters of hospitals in large urban areas which allows the group to achieve operational and brand leverage across the market in each large city.

/theSUN 11-09-2014

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