Gleneagles Penang is a modern tertiary care private hospital strategically located in the heart of Penang island. It was established in July 1973 as the first private hospital in Penang and was formerly known as Penang Medical Centre (PMC). In 1989, Parkway Healthcare took control of the hospital by holding the majority of shares. In 2010, Khazanah National Berhad acquired the entire shareholdings of Parkway. After group restructuring, Gleneagles Penang was then integrated into the Parkway Pantai Group, a subsidiary of IHH Healthcare Berhad (IHH).
Today, Gleneagles Penang is an iconic premier medical center in the Northern Region of Malaysia with a bed capacity of 360 providing full facilities and services. This modern design setting and modern facilities will allow us to continue providing remarkable healthcare and high-quality service to enhance our patients’ comfort. It has more than 60 resident consultants and 20 non-resident consultants, supported by more than 900 employees (comprising nurses, allied health personnel and support staff). With the improved facilities, Gleneagles Penang will remain one of the leading medical centers that cater to the growing number of the local population in Penang, Northern region and neighboring countries.
More than forty years ago, a group of prominent businessmen in the State of Penang conceived the idea of establishing the island’s first private hospital. The businessmen – Tan Sri Dato’ Loh Boon Siew, Dato’ Tan Kim Yeow, Choong Eng Kim, Dato’ Yeap Hock Hoe, Tuan Hajee Mayen Abubacker and Dr. R N Panikkar had at some time or other, been under the care of several senior consultants at the Penang General Hospital.
These consultants had built up many years of reputable service of the hospital and were among the State’s most notable medical consultants. Thus, when it was learned that these senior consultants were due for transfer out of Penang, the businessmen became concerned that the people of Penang would lose the services of these consultants. The businessmen took it upon themselves to invite the four pioneer consultants – Dato’ Dr. A Tharmaratnam, Dato’ Dr. V Thuraisingham, Dato’ Dr. P C Vanniasingham and Dr. Goh Kay Wah – to start up a private medical center. However, their proposition was met with some hesitation from the four due to the fact that private medical centers as we know them today, were non-existent then. Furthermore, the depressed economic climate at the time cast some doubts about the future of the proposed private hospital. The people of Penang, they felt, would not pay for private medicine.
Shortly after, a private limited company was formed under the name of Cantonment Medical Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd and incorporated on February 12, 1971 (The company later changed its name to Pulau Pinang Clinic Sdn Bhd on June 7, 1971). Its medical center was to have been housed in a rented bungalow, sited at the junction of Jalan Cantonment and Jalan Bell. While plans were being made to renovate it, the building was razed by fire, resulting in the cancellation of its lease. In hindsight, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The company acquired a 2 1/2 acre piece of land at Jalan Pangkor to site its new medical center. Construction of the new medical center commenced in May 1972 and was completed in March 1973. In the meantime, staff recruitment began. Matron Tan Swee Kee was hand-picked by the doctors and started work on March 1, 1973, to organize the hospital and train its first batch of nursing aides.
Gleneagles Penang was accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) in November 2016. JCI accreditation is considered the gold standard in global healthcare. JCI recognizes Gleneagles Penang with the Gold Seal of Approval for its international quality standards in patient care and organization management. Established in 1998, JCI is an affiliate of the world’s most trusted name in accreditation, The Joint Commission. Their standards represent a worldwide consensus on quality patient care that reflects advanced healthcare practices and healthcare delivery trends that help organizations strive to attain the highest performance possible, improving patient outcomes and creating an environment for continuous improvement.