SMC is a 'hospital of the future'
Monday, 03 January 2005 (Source: Daily Express)
KOTA KINABALU: The new Sabah Medical Centre
(SMC) is a "hospital of the future" and is comparable
to some of the top private hospitals in Peninsular Malaysia
Information Technology Development Minister, Datuk Dr Yee
Moh Chai, was told of this when he visited the site of the
new eight-storey complex along Jalan Damai here.
Briefing Dr Yee
who is also Kota Kinabalu MP, SMC Chairman Dr Tsue Fui Loong
said the RM150 million hospital would have modern medical
equipment which are currently not found in any hospital
in the region.
One of them is
the linear accelerator, a scanning machine used for external
bean radiation treatments for cancer patients.
Its unique feature
lies in its ability to deliver a uniform dose of high-energy
x-ray to destroy cancer cells while sparing the surrounding
The new SMC,
scheduled to be operational this June, would have 120 beds
to start with, and has room for expansion to 300 beds.
SMC was initiated
by the State Government in 1988 and lost some RM33 million
before it was privatised.
buy-out facilitated a smart deal with the Ministry of Health,
which is developing it into the city's second hospital after
Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The new facilities
would specialise in pediatrics and gynaecology.
SMC is designed to cater for our needs for the next 20 years,"
said Dr Tseu, who is a cardiology specialist.
Aside from providing
medical and healthcare, SMC would be a centre for further
and continuing education for doctors and medical-related
vocations, including nursing, which is supported by a library
and 200-seat auditorium.
SMC is a key
medical institution in Sabah and through its collaboration
with the National Heart Institute, more than 2,200 coronary
angiograms and 400 coronary angioplastics have been performed.
more than 500 heart surgeries have been carried out in SMC.
"Our patients were able to undergo treatment for about
half the cost of some private centres," said Dr Tseu.
Yee said he was impressed with the SMC, saying it is set
to become one of the best private hospitals in Malaysia.
SMC will create a benchmark for the medical and healthcare
sector in Sabah. Its wide range of services and use of modern
technology will have a positive impact on the development
of human resources and technology," he said.
He said the presence
of private medical centres such as SMC in Sabah had effectively
complemented the services provided by government-run hospitals.
They have also helped to bring down the cost of some delicate
interventional cardiology procedures by making them available
here, he said.
Dr Yee said major
investments such as those put into the SMC created a demand
for professionals such as doctors and nurses as well as
offer opportunities for Sabahans trained in these and related
professions to return to develop their careers at home.
is aware that in today's borderless world, Sabah businessmen
can opt to put their capital in markets outside the State,
which promise better returns. In this context, the SMC's
decision to reinvest in the new medical centre is laudable,"
Government is happy that its investment in SMC is appreciating
in value (Sabah Government holds 17 per cent of SMC shares
whose value has appreciated from 40 sen to RM1.80)".
Dr Yee also encouraged
the SMC to seriously consider venturing into medical-health
tourism to take advantage of the relatively low cost in