Icon Sunsuria set to open its first cancer centre in Island Hospital

Icon Writers / 17 Oct, 2023

Icon Sunsuria announces partnership with Penang’s Island Hospital to elevate access to advanced cancer care in Malaysia.

Icon Sunsuria has today announced its partnership with Island Hospital, marking the first Icon cancer centre in Malaysia, slated to open in Penang in early 2024. The strategic alliance combines Icon Sunsuria’s regional oncology expertise with Island Hospital’s leadership as one of Malaysia’s largest private hospitals to provide patients with access to world-class cancer care.

This milestone follows the recent joint venture between Sunsuria Healthcare and Icon Group, including Icon Cancer Centre Singapore, resulting in the formation of Icon Sunsuria. This collaboration brings together Icon Group’s deep expertise in oncology with Sunsuria Healthcare’s strength and knowledge of the local network and healthcare landscape. This ensures that patients, both local and regional, gain access to comprehensive and evidence-based cancer care.

“Icon Sunsuria’s core mission is to make advanced cancer care accessible with a comprehensive, patient-centred approach. Our collaboration with Island Hospital is a testament to this mission, combining our extensive oncology expertise with a renowned healthcare institution” said Serena Wee, Chief Executive Officer of Icon ASEAN and Hong Kong.

“Together, we will harness our collective capabilities, to help reduce gaps in cancer care access and address the healthcare burden. This partnership is an important step forward in our vision to provide world-class cancer care and greater access to quality cancer treatments for patients in Malaysia and the region. Through this collaboration, we will empower patients and their families with the knowledge and resources in their fight against cancer and make vital steps towards survivorship.”

Pictured (L-R): Tan Sri Datuk Ter Leong Yap (Executive Chairman of Sunsuria Berhad), Serena Wee (CEO of Icon ASEAN and Hong Kong), Mark Wee (CEO of Island Hospital) and Lim Kooi Ling (Chief of Staff of Island Hospital)

Chief Executive Officer of Island Hospital, Mark Wee has said this partnership further demonstrates the commitment to addressing the healthcare burden in the region and to enhance oncology as one of its pillars of medical excellence.

“Through this collaboration, we reaffirm our commitment to increasing access to patients from across the region to the best-in-class treatments and technologies, offering a wide range of multidisciplinary cancer treatments, supported by Island Hospital’s team of dedicated professionals and cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment,” said Mr Wee. “In addition, we believe that in cognizance of the needs of our patients, this collaboration will advance the public-private partnership envisioned by the Ministry of Health in advancing cancer care for our community and expanding our belief in the spirit of person-centred care”.

With an estimated 200,000 health traveller visits from more than 70 countries in 2023, Island Hospital plays a pivotal role in the Ministry of Health’s blueprint of Malaysia Healthcare.

“Icon Sunsuria selected Penang as the location of our first centre for its strategic location and well-established reputation as a destination for patients seeking advanced medical treatment. By establishing our centre here, we’re not only enhancing access to top-quality cancer care for the northern Malaysian population, but also those in the greater Southeast Asian region. Today, this vision is made possible through our collaboration with Island Hospital, one of Malaysia’s leading healthcare institutions,” said Audrey Ooi, Chief Executive Officer of Sunsuria Healthcare.

About Sunsuria Berhad

Sunsuria Healthcare is a venture of publicly listed Sunsuria Berhad, which was founded in 1989 by Tan Sri Datuk Ter Leong Yap, who embarked on the development of residential, commercial, and industrial properties in Klang Valley. Today, the company is a multi-faceted and well-established property developer that has also diversified into construction, landscape and nursery, education, integrated healthcare, retail, investment holding, material handling equipment, and other strategically aligned business ventures.

Sunsuria Healthcare believes that great health begins with quality care. Embodying this commitment is Sunsuria Care – an integrated healthcare platform within Sunsuria’s developments that is managed by medical professionals – providing services from fundamental nursing care, emergency treatment to medical clinic.

The Icon Sunsuria partnership with Icon Group, Australia’s largest integrated cancer care provider, seeks to make cancer care more accessible by narrowing the gap in access to quality cancer care. This enables Sunsuria to form strategic partnerships with healthcare operators, doctors, and specialists to provide comprehensive personalised treatment and best-in class experience for local communities.

For more information visit www.sunsuria.com/our-businesses/healthcare.

About Island Hospital

Based in Penang and founded in 1996, Malaysia, Island Hospital is a 600-bed hospital which spans across its campus of the Macalister and Peel Wings. The hospital is a leading quaternary healthcare provider in Malaysia with over 100 specialists across medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

As the leading medical tourism hospital in Malaysia, Island Hospital has clinched several awards over the years and in 2022, has achieved a full 3-year accreditation from the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), in recognition of its commitment to deliver the highest quality in healthcare to its patients, based on the international standards of assessment.

The Key Specialties – Cardiology, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Digestive Health, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Oncology & Chemotherapy, Orthopaedics & Spine, Paediatrics, Aesthetics, Urology & Men’s Health, Wellness & Health Screening, as well as Dental and Nuclear Medicine & Radiotherapy being the newest specialties in the Peel Wing – offers a wide range of treatment services that are supported by cutting-edge medical equipment and technology, among others, the DAVID Health Solution AI-guided rehabilitation system, SIEMENS Biograph Pet-CT and Varian TrueBeam with HyperArc radiotherapy system.

In 2023, the hospital was recognized by Newsweek as one of the Best Specialized Hospitals in Asia Pacific in addition to the GlobalHealth Awards for the Value Based Hospital of the Year in Asia Pacific, Smart Hospital of the Year in Asia Pacific, Health Screening Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific and Diagnostic Imaging Centre of the Year in Asia Pacific.

For more information, please visit https://www.islandhospital.com.

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