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Forging the future of healthcare The vision of a medical city in Penang will soon be realised in the second half of 2022 with the completion of the Island Medical City ( IMC ) development project in the heart of George Town . It will mark a major step forward in fortifying Penang ’ s reputation as an international medical tourism destination .
IMC is also set to raise the bar for healthcare services and reposition Island Hospital as the leading healthcare centre for medical tourism in Asia . The culmination of this visionary development will expand the hospital ’ s capacity to 600 beds and 14 operating theatres , bringing it another step closer towards the vision of providing a complete suite of end-to-end healthcare services .
IMC will be the first-of-its-kind medical hub in Malaysia , complete with state-ofthe art medical equipment and the largest and most advanced tertiary care facility in Penang . As part of its commitment to raise clinical care standards for both its local and foreign patient base , the hospital will embark on collaborations with regional centres of excellence , notably in Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy and Oncology and Chemotherapy , as well as Dental with unrivalled expertise in specialties such as Gastroenterology , Orthopaedics , Cardiology and the most comprehensive Health Screening centre in the region .
These facilities will serve to further enhance Penang ’ s standing as a medical tourism destination of choice in Asia where patients have access to multidisciplinary care of international standards . The benefits from IMC extend beyond medical travellers , as they will also spill over to be
The Island Medical City - the first-of-its-kind medical hub in Malaysia .
enjoyed by the people of Penang . As one of the largest medical tourist hubs in Asia , this development will provide Penang with over 2,000 job opportunities , covering a broad skill spectrum from basic labour to medical specialists .
Dr Goh Kok Yeong
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