Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Malaysia’s biggest Columbia Asia Hospital Opens in Tebrau

I've had only one experience using Columbia Asia and that was for a health medical check up required for me to get my teaching license. Who knew right. Anyway, I opted for the Columbia Asia near my house because I figured there would be fewer people there and wouldn't need to wait so long compared to University Malaya or Assunta Hospital nearby. I registered, made an appointment in advance and showed up on my appointment date with little fuss. Did my medical check up the morning, went for brunch with my old work mates during which I got a call saying my results are ready and went back after lunch to collect them. Easy. 
TL:DR - I was satisfied with the service they provided me for a basic medical checkup at RM200.

Columbia Asia has been serving the healthcare needs of Malaysians for over 20 years. After having successfully established one of their flagship hospitals, Columbia Asia Hospital at Iskandar Puteri in 2010, they have recently opened the doors of its second hospital in Johor ─ Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau. 

Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau started operations on November 27, 2019. It is the 13th Columbia Asia hospital in Malaysia and 19th in South East Asia. Standing at four storeys high, it is the biggest among all Columbia Asia hospitals in Malaysia.

Located at a high-traffic residential hub of Kota Southkey, the hospital is only 7km away from the heart of Johor Bahru city centre. To cater to the vast Tebrau community, this hospital is equipped with more than 200 parking bays. Above and beyond its modern amenities and well-credentialed doctors and nurses, Columbia Asia hospitals lead the private healthcare trend with new and less invasive medical treatments, which means shorter length of hospital stays. Its pricing structures are transparent and more competitive than the standard model for private healthcare.

The medical programme at Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau covers Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT), General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Radiology and Anesthesiology.

The hospital also houses a Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Lithotripsy Room, Mammography, Ultrasound, 128-slice CT Scan, 1.5 Tesla MRI, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Physiotherapy Room, Isolation Room, ICU, Labor Rooms and five fully equipped Operating Theatres.

“The move to build a second hospital in Johor comes from our observation that there is a shortage of healthcare facilities here to adequately serve Johor Bahru’s increasing population. As there are insufficient hospitals in the region, we are providing more options for patients who are traveling here in search of medical treatment,” says Rahani Yaacob, Regional General Manager of Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau and Iskandar Puteri. 

She explains that as the Columbia Asia hospital in Iskandar Puteri is almost at full capacity, the time is appropriate for a new extension for the group. With the opening of the Tebrau hospital, more people in Johor Bahru will be able to have their healthcare needs met.

“Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau is the only hospital in our group with a capacity of 205 beds, which is different from our usual hospital structure. Our other medical facilities house no more than 100 beds per hospital. With the high demand in private healthcare in Johor, we decided to build a bigger hospital in Tebrau to better fulfil the healthcare needs of communities here,” Rahani adds.

As Malaysia sees an influx of affluent foreign patients seeking treatment here, Rahani points out that Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau is poised to capture the growing demand, including patients from Singapore and Indonesia.

Interested to learn more about Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau, or stay updated on its medical programmes and packages? Log onto Columbia Asia Hospital website at or simply ‘like’ the ‘Columbia Asia Malaysia’ Facebook page at or call 07-272 999 for further enquiries.

Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau is located at Persiaran Southkey 5, Kota Southkey, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim.

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