In line with the practiecs of the new norm, KPJ Healthcare, held its first ever Virtual AGM (VAGM) on 9 July 2020, which was well attended by shareholders.
A Virtual Press Conference (VPC) was held post-AGM which was the first 'interaction' between KPJ's new Chairman, Dato' Yusli Bin Mohamed Yusoff, KPJ's newly appointed President and Managing Director, Encik Ahmad Shahizam Mohd Shariff, and Puan Norhaizam Mohammad, the VP of Finance, with the media - albeit online.
During the VPC, the Chairman and President highlighted KPJ's improved occupancy rates postively picking up and that a gradual recovery of patient numbers were anticipated by year end.
Encik Ahmad Shahizam said, “The movement control order (MCO) has affected the occupancy rate at our hospitals, as we recorded our lowest ever at 27% in April. We expect the number of patients to increase in the second half of the year, although this will not normalise to 2019’s numbers or be a continuation of previous years’ trends.
In the medium to long term, the prospects of the private healthcare industry remain promising and we expect demand for private healthcare to continue. Our short term focus is to communicate with our patients and assure them that they are safe when they visit our hospitals, with the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) that we have put in place, ” he said.