A mega RM11b sustainable healthcare-oriented township will strengthen Malaysia’s position as the leading destination for global healthcare tourists
BY FATIHAH MANAF
THE first Healthcare and Wellness City in Southeast Asia will be established in Kuala Lumpur and redefine how Malaysian and international patients receive healthcare treatment.
KL Wellness City Sdn Bhd recently unveiled its KL Wellness City project, a sustainable healthcare-based township located in Bukit Jalil spanning over 26.49 acres across seven plots of land.
The township will offer a full suite of offerings across the health, medical, fitness and wellness pillars and has an overall Gross Development Value (GDV) of more than RM11 billion. Set to be rolled out in two phases, the first phase of KL Wellness City is targeted for completion in 2025.
Throughout KL Wellness City, medical care is integrated with general healthcare, preventive care, and fitness. This integration is to realise each resident and patient’s potential for health, wellbeing, and fitness.
“We are pleased to introduce the first Healthcare and Wellness City in Southeast Asia, right here in Kuala Lumpur,” said KL Wellness City Managing Director Dato’ Dr Colin Lee.
“Through its 360-degree ecosystem, we aim for KL Wellness City to offer an impeccable experience for everyone seeking a more efficient and pleasant patient journey. This can be achieved by integrating the medical, ancillary and support services into one purpose-built wellness hub like the one we are offering.
“We also aim for this healthcare hub to further strengthen Malaysia’s position as the leading destination for global healthcare tourists and contribute to Malaysia’s economy.”
KL Wellness City will have office towers, a retirement resort and wellness-centric serviced apartments when fully completed.
The Nobel Healthcare Park
To improve the patient journey for Malaysian and international patients and enhance how medical professionals operate and manage their practices, The Nobel Healthcare Park, will be introduced as one of KL Wellness City’s key elements.
It is a dedicated medical and wellness suite complex with a GDV of RM1 billion, acting as a one-stop hub from diagnosis to rehabilitation. There are four suites available at the complex: medical, wellness, business, and retail.
“The medical suites in The Nobel Healthcare Park have been designed based on the core management team’s own experience in the medical field.
“We have infused the design with elements that offer practising medical specialists the flexibility to optimise the use of space to suit their precise requirements and the freedom to make changes according to evolving needs.
“We are confident this will enhance the specialists’ interest in owning the suites as an investment and running a practice here. We expect a take-up rate of 80 per cent within the first three months of the first phase’s official launch,” said Dr Lee.
Directly connected to the International Tertiary Hospital via a two-level link bridge, The Nobel Healthcare Park places medical suites and ancillary medical support, including diagnostic, therapeutic and custodial services, within a single interconnected complex. It will improve the efficiency and performance of the entire healthcare delivery ecosystem.
Besides medical suites, The Nobel Healthcare Park’s fully furnished wellness suites will be suitable for the owner’s own occupancy, step-down care, home office usage, short term stays and healthcare traveller accommodation. These versatile living spaces will come with exclusive leisure and lifestyle facilities, including a 50-metre lap pool, sandy cove, jacuzzi and food & beverage outlets.
Its business suites have layout sizes from 247 to 1,411 sq ft and over 1,000 car park bays. The suites are complemented by an 11-metre-high Sky Lounge, a place to chill and relax at level 12 of The Nobel Healthcare Park’s North and East Wing, connected via Sky Link. This deck with the dimension of half a football field is perfect for anyone to unwind, relax or soak in the views of the skyline. The interior space of the business suites reflects their functionality and versatility.
KL Wellness City also offers businesses an enterprising opportunity with its retail suites. Business operators that set up their businesses at the suites will be catering to a high number of daily visitors to The Nobel Healthcare Park.
The International Tertiary Hospital
Another critical component of the township is the International Tertiary Hospital, scheduled to open in early 2025. The hospital will have multi-disciplinary specialities and subspecialties latest cutting-edge facilities with Centres of Excellence across cardiology, spine health, neuro health, sports medicine, cosmetic surgery, and fertility.
Full access to its services will be available to specialists practising in The Nobel Healthcare Park. These services include 624 beds scalable to 1,000, state-of-the-art equipment and operating theatres, complemented by innovation laboratories and clinical R&D facilities.
The full array of complementary and ancillary medical services will offer medical practitioners quicker results and reporting from the integrated IT infrastructure system.
Owners of medical suites in The Nobel Healthcare Park will also have complete autonomy in running their practices, including determining professional fees, dispensing medication, employing personnel, and leveraging the medical equipment in the International Tertiary Hospital, saving on financial outlay.
“Malaysia’s medical care is among the best in Southeast Asia. Our International Tertiary Hospital is benchmarked against top hospitals around the region, particularly Mount Elizabeth Novena in Singapore and Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok. Both of which serve a clientele comprising significant numbers of international patients.
“This will make our hospital one of the biggest hospitals in Southeast Asia. But it is not just about the size; this hospital will be equipped with higher specs than the two hospitals I mentioned.
“We are confident our thorough planning for this fully integrated and interconnected township will contribute towards a positive experience for all who seek health and wellness at KL Wellness City,” stated Dr Lee.
The suites in The Nobel Healthcare Park also offer a unique investment opportunity, enabling pioneering doctors who invest in purchasing medical suites to benefit from the projected strong capital appreciation.
Another main attraction at KL Wellness City is the Healthcare Mall. According to Dr Lee, the mall is the first of its kind in the world.
“The mall will provide all facilities, services, products of complementary, alternative and tertiary medicines,” he elaborated. — The Health
Future-centric technology and standards
KL WELLNESS CITY will deploy the latest technology in the township to improve efficiency and service delivery. It will embody the smart city concept where the smart application of healthcare technology, connectivity and real-time data improves convenience for patients and residents.
The township’s sustainability credentials reflect its future-centric outlook enhanced through careful planning and management, addressing social, environmental, and economic impacts. It is also built to the exact specifications of Green Building Index (GBI) certification guidelines.
The integrated township has been carefully planned for all occupants to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It connects the built environment with nature, green spaces, convenience, safety, and opportunities to cultivate good and healthy habits.
KL Wellness City’s long-term green credentials are also further supported by Building Information Modelling (BIM 6D) up to the highest level of asset management to enjoy a high level of operational efficiency during construction and long-term operation.
The township will have comprehensive commercial and retail infrastructure, amenities and an abundance of green landscaping. The design of the buildings in KL Wellness City maximises natural light and ventilation. The township also offers a high occupant-to-nature ratio, with 5m2 of greenery per person, embracing nature’s calming and healing effects.
When asked about the idea behind the township’s concept, KL Wellness City Managing Director Dato’ Dr Colin Lee said he understood the concern and wants of both healthcare recipients and healthcare professionals.
Having years of experience as a healthcare professional who also deals with medical tourism, he said: “To provide the best solution for both sides, the answer will be the concept we have today at KL Wellness City, where we have different components of extended medical care including ambulatory care, emergency medical care, specialised medical care, subspecialised medical care, Centre of Excellence, etc.”
Dr Lee said the concept of KL Wellness City would go beyond preventive care.
“It is not just about healthcare; it is not just about medical care, it is about wellness and fitness. This is the township that will deliver them in an integrated manner so that we can achieve the best that healthcare and wellness can offer.
“KL Wellness City is deliberately designed to cater to more evolving sophisticated needs, desires, and aspirations of local and international healthcare recipients and healthcare providers.” — The Health