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Heart institute to pulse ahead in R&D
KUALA LUMPUR: The government has given the green light to the National Heart Institute (IJN) to progress from being a premier healthcare provider in the cardiothoracic field to becoming a leader in the field via research and development (R&D).
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the move would enable the institute to become a centre of excellence in the region in the field of cardiothoracic medicine.
"This will complement the efforts undertaken by the institute all this while, which has been given recognition in the region as a centre of excellence."
He said it was only appropriate that the government help IJN to continue with its expansion in enhancing its ability and expertise after officiating IJN's new wing here yesterday.
Najib was confident that with the R&D initiative there would be more new innovations, procedures, approaches including stem cell research.
Earlier in his speech, Najib said the institute should also strive to benchmark itself against other renowned heart specialist centres worldwide such as the Cleveland Clinic Heart Centre in the United States.
Najib said IJN would remain under the purview of the Health Ministry, despite it being a corporate body since 1992.
"I would like to relate this development to that of changing of one's clothes. Though the clothes and its colours change according to current needs but the heart and spirit does not."
Najib said whether IJN was private or in the public sector, its role was to continue to serve the people.
He also praised the staff, specialists and experts of the institute for their professionalism, diligence and sacrifice in making it a success story.
"I have firsthand knowledge of the sacrifice ... this needs to be recognised by the government and the people."
The new wing houses 24 outpatient clinics with separate registration and decentralised payment counters, as well as a dedicated international patient centre catering for international patients.
The new building also houses a dedicated paediatric clinic to cater for children born with congenital heart disease.
The region's first Hybrid Catheterisation Operation Theatre is also housed in the new building. It combines a cardiovascular laboratory and heart operating room in a single environment.
The other highlights of IJN's expansion includes a multi-storey car park to accommodate more than 600 cars as well as providing a dormitory for relatives of outstation patients.
The IJN expansion programme also incorporates a first-class learning centre and training facilities in the form of the IJN College for supporting cardiothoracic personnel.
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