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Penang Adventist Hospital

Penang Adventist Hospital
Adventist Health System
Location Burma Road, Penang, Malaysia
Hospital type Private; Teaching
Affiliated university Adventist College of Nursing
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Florida Hospital
Emergency department Yes
Beds 200+
Founded 1924

The Penang Adventist Hospital (nonprofit medical institution in Penang, Malaysia. It is operated by the Adventist Hospital & Clinic Services (M) (255697-M), and part of an international network of hospitals operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church[1] The hospital is well known in the community for its promotion of a healthy vegetarian diet[2] and charity work to assist needy patients, particularly heart patients.[3][4]

It has links with other hospitals in the Adventist health network, mainly Loma Linda University Medical Center and Florida Hospital in the United States.


  • History 1
  • Facilities 2
  • Accreditation 3
  • Adventist College of Nursing and Health Sciences 4
  • References 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7


Penang Adventist Hospital began as a small clinic on 108 Muntri Street. American missionary Dr. Earl Gardner set up the clinic, the first Adventist clinic in Malaysia, in 1924 and it was called the "Seventh-day Adventist Clinic". Five years later, the clinic expanded and a sanitarium was built on premises at 465 Burma Road, where the current hospital is located to this very day. For the next twenty years, the clinic continued its work in the community, caring for patients and training ambulance unit personnel. Through the dedication and influence of several doctors, the hospital remained open during the Japanese Occupation. After the War, it was renamed "Penang Mission Hospital", which was later changed to "Penang Sanitarium and Hospital". During the 1950s and 1960s, the hospital underwent further expansion and was renamed "Penang Adventist Hospital", its current name.[5] In the early 2000s, a new wing was added to the original building to cater to the growing needs of the various clinics.


Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) is in the process of developing its services into centres of excellence. With the establishment of the Heart and Vascular Centre, PAH now offers adult and paediatric cardiac catheterization and diagnostic work ups, adult and paediatric cardiac surgeries and cardiac rehabilitation. Invasive radiology was introduced in late 2000.[6]

Other services include hydrotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, rehabilitation and counseling/chaplaincy.


Penang Adventist Hospital is the second hospital in Penang to earn full 3-year accreditation from Malaysian Society For Quality In Health in 2002. In the year 2000, this hospital has also been awarded International Full Accreditation by The Adventist Health Services Asia. Also in 2000 it became the first Rotary International Gift of Life hospital in Asia.[7] Again in 2005, the hospital has been awarded baby friendly status. In November 2007, the hospital marked another milestone when it became the first hospital in Malaysia to receive JCI accreditation.[8][9][10]

Adventist College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Adventist College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Kolej Kejururawatan dan Sains Kesihatan Adventist
Established 1993 (1993)
Type Private college
Religious affiliation
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Language English and Malay
Programmes offered Diploma in Nursing (RN)
Assistant Nurse Certificate (AN)
Website .my.eduacnhs

In 1993, a nursing school was established on the hospital grounds and named Adventist College of Nursing. It graduated its first batch of registered nurses (diploma programme) and associate nurses (certificate programme) in 1996. Due to the lack of space for expansion, the main hospital took over the old college building and the staff and students moved across the street to rented premises at Midlands Plaza around 2008. The school was renamed in 2011 Adventist College of Nursing and Health Sciences with "Health Sciences" added to the name to denote the intention of offering allied health courses and a baccalaureate degree in nursing (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) in the near future.

A three-year registered nurse

  • Official website
  • Yearbook Profile — Seventh-day Adventist Church - Office of Archives, Statistics and Research

External links

See also

  1. ^
  2. ^ "Meatless Meals".  
  3. ^ "Charities". 
  4. ^ "Have a heart for need patients, buy a coin box".  
  5. ^ "Hospital History". 
  6. ^ "Services". 
  7. ^ "'"Penang Adventist Hospital is Asia's first `Gift of Life Hospital.  
  8. ^ "JCI Accredited Organizations".  
  10. ^ "A New Milestone for PAH". 
  11. ^ ACN Website



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