There is high demand for the centre’s specialised services from both within the country and international patients, IJN CEO says
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INSTITUT Jantung Negara Holdings Sdn Bhd (IJN) is mulling to expand its services outside of the Klang Valley, IJN CEO Datuk Dr Aizai Azan Abdul Rahim said.
Dr Aizai Azan said as the country’s go-to centre for cardiovascular treatment and care, there is high demand for their specialised services from both within the country and international patients.
“The long-term planning is always there. The group really intends to open a new hospital outside the Klang Valley as well as work with other parties.
“In fact, we are also open if anyone wants to cooperate in offering health services abroad. This is because we have the certified expertise,” he said after the ground breaking ceremony of JIN’s new healthcare facility in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
He said the expansion is a signal of their commitment to being at the forefront of patients’ needs by making sure their services are delivered in a welcoming, convenient and accessible environment.
“At the same time, we must also look after the wellbeing of our own employees, which has always been our credence to value our talent,” he added.
Phase 1 of IJN’s new healthcare facility began in September this year and it is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2023 (1Q23).
The expansion includes a multi-storey parking structure with space for 621 vehicles, a new kitchen and a surau with an indoor capacity of 500 people and an outdoor capacity of 1,500 people.
IJN is also expected to start its second phase roughly six months before 1Q23 ends. Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2026.
Upon completion, the expansion will increase IJN’s bed capacity by 120 beds with additional adult and paediatric clinics and retail spaces.
“With the new childcare centre, we hope to give the parents among our staff greater peace of mind, as they can be assured of their children’s welfare while they are at work,” Dr Aizai Azan said further.
IJN chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir said for their second phase of expansion, IJN will focus on building up the capacity of their medical services, including adding even more patient beds as well as adult and paediatric clinics.
He said these expansion plans signal a new chapter for IJN and its role in Malaysia’s healthcare sector, particularly in terms of strengthening the capacity of the medical field as a whole.
“Our goal is to continue investing in the centre so as to leave a greater impact on the community, as well as give our healthcare specialists and staff the room and support to carry out their jobs as well as they can.
“When we say the best outcomes for our patients, this extends beyond just saving lives. This means treating our patients with dignity and compassion throughout their time with us.
“I believe the infrastructure and environment of our centre will greatly help in making our patient experience an exceptional one,” he said.
Ahmad Badri added that IJN was purposely-built with the mandate to make top-notch and world-class cardiovascular and thoracic care available to Malaysians of all backgrounds.
He said IJN has won many accolades in the decades since our inception.
“We remain as the vanguard of pioneering heart treatment and care, and have played an active part in building up the nation’s pool of medical talent,” he said.