MALACCA - The state is set to be the first in Southeast Asia to have a resort-style specialist medical centre.
To be known as the Hang Tuah Jaya Resort Specialist Centre, the RM250-million (S$100 million) project will be developed by Sarawak-based Anggun Diversified Sdn Bhd at a 1.6-hectare area next to the Melaka International Trade Centre.
The specialist centre is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.
Anggun Diversified chairman Datuk Yahya Bujang said the modern and sophisticated hospital would be located within the World Heritage City of Malacca and help further boost the state as a centre for health tourism.
"The construction of the Hang Tuah Jaya Resort Specialist Hospital will be divided into two zones, the first involving a cost of RM150 million," he said.
"In the first phase, we will be building the main hospital block while the second phase, known as zone two, will comprise a recovery and rehabilitation centre as well as a wellness centre costing a total of RM100 million."
The specialist centre will have 150 rooms with 390 beds. Fifteen of the 150 rooms will be deluxe type, 15 others will be for patients who want to enjoy their privacy in a single-bed facility.
Sixty rooms will have two beds each while the remaining 60 rooms will have four beds each.
Yahya said the specialist centre would also have other facilities such as incubators, recovery rooms, isolation rooms, high dependency unit (HDU), intensive care units (ICU) and observation rooms.
He said this after the groundbreaking ceremony for the specialist centre at the project site in Ayer Keroh by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam on Wednesday.
The specialist centre will be built with close cooperation between Anggun Diversified and the Malacca State Development Corporation (PKNM), with PKNM acting as the project manager.
Yahya said the specialist centre would be a unique structure as it would incorporate resort-like architecture in its buildings and facilities, and would be designed to be environment friendly.
"This will involve proper planning of the landscape to keep the buildings cool and well ventilated, the building orientation to be facing East and West, insulation on the roofs and rooftop gardens."
Ali said the specialist centre would play an instrumental role in providing first-class healthcare services to the increasing number of tourists coming to Malacca from neighbouring countries to seek treatment.
"At present, we have three specialist centres -- Putra Specialist Hospital, Mahkota Medical Centre and the Pantai Hospital.
"The three hospitals are providing 1,200 beds and on average get some 11,000 patients seeking medical treatment every month. The majority of those seeking treatment here are from Indonesia," he said.