Renal care nurses flanked by Ms Wong and Dr Chan on the left. Kelvin, Dr Kalai and Tom are on the right

Klang, Apr 13, 2022 – Columbia Asia Group of hospitals launched its first dialysis center today at Columbia Asia Hospital – Klang at Mutiara Bukit Raja, off Jalan Meru to fulfil dialysis needs for the increasing number of end-stage renal failure patients.

Increasing need for dialysis

According to the Malaysian Dialysis and Transplant Registry, 8,431 new patients were getting dialysis in early 2018. Less than one year from that period, the number of patients getting dialysis surged to a whopping 44,136 patients. What is even more shocking, the registry estimated that by 2040, the number of patients needing dialysis would reach a106,000. 

“From year to year, we can see the trend increasing. Despite the dialysis centers available here in Klang, it is still not enough to accommodate the increasing number of patients needing dialysis,” said the hospital’s General Manager, Ms Wong Wai Mun. “With the opening of the new dialysis center at Columbia Asia Hospital – Klang, we hope to fulfil the demands of dialysis services in Klang and surrounding areas.”

“Our mission statement is We have a passion for making people better. As such, our objective is to provide the community with effective dialysis services, focusing on patients’ safety as well as quality of service. These are our top priorities,” said Ms Wong. “By adding another type of health service in this hospital, we hope to make our healthcare services not only more convenient and accessible, but also more comprehensive.” 

Dr Chan explaining why it is important to screen early for kidney diseases

Expertise, technology & comfort

Consultant Internal Medicine Physician & Nephrologist, Dr T Kalaiselvam Thevandran heads the dialysis center at Columbia Asia Hospital – Klang while day-to-day operations are run by an experienced charge nurse along with a team of nurses who are trained in renal care. Dr Kalai is a renowned nephrologist with vast experience in public and private practice. Most importantly, his empathy and compassion are what make his patients feel assured. 

Where technology is concerned, the dialysis machines at Columbia Asia Hospital – Klang are readily installed with a Therapy Data Management System, an integrated system that enables the medical team to document and monitor patient information. At one glance, the team can see data including dialysis treatment and medication data, laboratory data and other data related to pre-dialysis procedures, and during dialysis procedures. The continuous tracking, trending and analysis of these important parameters are essential for the medical team to plan the right treatment for the patient. 

Another factor that sets this center apart from other centers is the support services that add more value to the dialysis sessions. A dietician is on site to provide consultation to the dialysis patients, supervising their menu and food intake. This is to ensure patients are getting enough nutrition according to their health condition. Other departments include 24-hour Emergency and laboratory services which may not be available at other dialysis centers. On top of that, each cubicle with a dialysis machine comes with a reclining chair, television set and a side tray. Refreshments and parking are complimentary.

Ms Wong comments on the high numbers of patients needing dialysis

Prevention is number one

Columbia Asia Group CEO, Dr Chan Boon Kheng said in his speech during the event, “Columbia Asia has another mission and that is to bring the message of prevention and kidney health home. Kidney disease can be prevented, and if detected early, can be controlled. The march towards end-stage renal failure and dialysis is not inevitable. Awareness, prevention and early detection are the other strategies in managing kidney diseases.

“The opening of the dialysis centre today is a continuation of this strategy,” he added. “We will continue to develop and introduce more clinical programs at our facilities so that our patients can receive medical services closer to their homes. We aim to be the health provider of choice and be the first stop for healthcare for the families within our community. Mission first but people – always.” 

Also at the launch were Columbia Asia-SEA CEO Mr Kelvin Tan and Columbia Asia Regional General Manager Mr Tom Lim.

For more information, please contact: Sharifah Sakinah Aljunid, Marcomm Manager, Columbia Asia Sdn Bhd. Tel: 03-5521 5151/HP: 012-2167 321/sakinah.aljunid@columbiaasia.com.

The spacious dialysis centre that accomodates 10 dialysis machines

About Columbia Asia 

Incorporated in Malaysia in 1996, international private hospital company Columbia Asia Sdn Bhd opened its first hospital in 1997. Today, Columbia Asia offers 19 operational medical facilities across Asia with 13 in Malaysia. 

Owner of Columbia Asia Group of hospitals in Malaysia, Indonesia & Vietnam is a partnership between Malaysian-based conglomerate, Hong Leong Group and leading global alternative asset firm, TPG. 

Columbia Asia hospitals offer cost-effective medical services by setting up mid-sized hospitals in residential areas, making quality private healthcare affordable and accessible with no compromise on the quality of healthcare, amenities and medical skills. On top of that, our hospitals’ structure and model have evolved behind its simplicity. It leads the way forward in private healthcare trends of the future – efficient and cost-effective. 

*Columbia Asia is recipient of Healthcare Insight’s 10 Most Trusted Healthcare Service Providers 2022, and Gold Award in Private Hospital Category of Readers Digest’s Trusted Brands Awards 2022.

A Passion for Making People Better.

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