KPJ Takes Measures to Safeguard Environmental Health

Reduce the use of single-use plastic and keep our world healthy and safe was the message behind KPJ’s Zero Single-Use Plastic initiative’s launch (northern region), held at KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital recently. The event was a follow-up from the group launch of the Zero Single-Use Campaign by KPJ Healthcare’s President & Managing Director, Dato’ Amiruddin Abdul Satar, in January. Similar messages of environmental care and protection were also brought down to the grassroots to KPJ’s Southern and East Malaysian hospitals.

In his speech, Dato’ Amiruddin emphasised the need for all KPJ hospitals to be creative and innovative in safeguarding environmental health and safety, for long-term benefit.

Dato’ Amiruddin also said, “While KPJ is no stranger to environmental care programmes – having undertaken several programmes over the years, we continuously explore different avenues to reduce the use of single-plastics within our hospital operations, along with the conversion of plastic-based products into recyclable paper-based products”.

KPJ’s high-impact initiatives are aimed at responsibly managing the group’s environmental impact towards a greener planet, and social projects to uplift the lives of the less fortunate and marginalised communities.

As part of KPJ’s environment-focussed programme this year, several more measures are in place, including distributing medicines in paper bags at the pharmacy, reducing utilisation of single-use plastic material in dietary services, as well as replacing bottled mineral water with water dispensers and paper cups at the hospitals. KPJ and its hospitals have also undertaken tree-planting programmes.

Since June 20, 2016, KPJ has been a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index which is designed to track the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. Our commitments are borne through the Economic, Environmental and Social (EES) responsibility initiatives, to champion a sustainable socioeconomic development agenda.

The KPJ Group, at present, has 26 specialist hospitals located throughout the nation. The group has two hospitals in Indonesia, one in Thailand and one in Bangladesh. There are also five senior and assisted-living care centres in the group, including one in Australia.

With almost 1200 medical specialists on board, KPJ caters to more than 2.8 million patients annually. Nineteen of KPJ’s hospitals are accredited by the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH), and four are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). In 2018, two KPJ Hospitals became the first hospitals in the entire Asia Pacific region to receive the Gold-Level Excellence in Person-Centred Care certification. KPJ KL Dental Specialist Centre made history by becoming Malaysia’s first MSQH-Accredited Dental Centre.

On the education front, the KPJ Healthcare University College located in Negeri Sembilan offers more than 30 programmes from Foundation to PhD.  The group also has three colleges in Malaysia.

KPJ and its group of hospitals have achieved numerous awards at home and abroad, including the Prime Minister’s Award which recognises the adoption of the best practices of business excellence that improves Malaysia’s global competitiveness.

For further information, please contact:

Puan Aidaliza Mahmud, Corporate Manager, Group Marketing & Strategic Communications, KPJ Healthcare Berhad at +603 2681 6222 or email aida@kpjhealth.com.my

Maziatul Erma Abdul Majeed, Head of Public Relations & Service Quality Management, KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital at +605 240 8742 or email merma@kpjipoh.com

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