KPJ to spend RM1.294 billion to build eight hospitals

KPJ to spend RM1.294 billion to build eight hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — Healthcare provider KPJ Healthcare Bhd will spend RM1.294 billion to build eight hospitals in several towns over the next few years, its President and Managing Director, Datuk Amiruddin Abdul Satar said.

The new hospitals, including the Bandar Dato’ Onn Specialist Hospital in Johor Baharu, KPJ Klang Bayuemas Specialist, Melaka Specialist Hospital and Port Dickson Specialist Hospital are expected to open in 2018 and 2019.

The proposed hospitals will add 1,210 more beds to the group, bringing the total to 4,110 from 2,900 in 2015, he told a media briefing here today.

KPJ Healthcare will also open two new hospitals this year, one each in Pahang and Perlis costing RM182 million.

“The hospital in Pahang is set to open in the second quarter of this year while another in Perlis in the third quarter,” he said.

Amiruddin said the group’s business was not significantly affected by the economic uncertainty and the Goods and Services Tax implementation as health remained a top concern in the community.

He said KPJ Healthcare would be looking into a new area of services – senior living care for those above 65 – as there was a need for professional services for senior citizens.

“KPJ Healthcare feels it is not wrong to send parents or family members to senior care centres that provide professional treatment for them rather than taking care of them at home,” he added.

Meanwhile, Amiruddin announced that KPJ Group would provide sponsorships worth RM2 million for KPJ University College students pursuing nursing and allied health studies.

The group recorded a lower pre-tax profit of RM203.50 million in 2015 from RM215.81 million in 2014 while revenue was higher at RM2.82 billion versus RM2.64 billion.

The group envisaged that its revenue growth would continue to improve for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2016.

— BERNAMA

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