Columbia Asia announces $150M expansion of its Southeast Asia and India hospital network

Date: 10th Sep 2014
KUALA LUMPUR – Columbia Asia, one of the largest hospital systems in Southeast Asia and India, today announced plans to invest another $150 million to expand its network to 34 hospitals and one clinic by 2018.

The company currently has more than 8,000 employees serving more than 2 million patients a year in 26 hospitals and one clinic in Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Columbia Asia opened four new hospitals just in the last few months – in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, in the Indonesian city of Semarang and in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, India.

In the next four years, the company will open eight more hospitals: three in Malaysia, three in India and two in Indonesia. 

Columbia Asia’s strategy is to create clusters of hospitals in large urban areas.  This allows the group to achieve operational and brand leverage across the market in each large city.  Around the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, for example, the company currently has five hospitals, a sixth to open in 2016 and a seventh to open in 2017. 

To manage the growth of Columbia Asia, John Northen was recently hired to serve as CEO of the 4-country hospital network.  Northen comes to Columbia Asia with several decades of experience in the hospitality industry, including six years as Vice President for Marriott International in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

“Since opening our first hospital in 1994, Columbia Asia has grown to become one of the most trusted names in healthcare across Asia,” said Northen, CEO of the Columbia Asia Group of Companies.  “No other healthcare provider in Asia has hospitals in as many countries operating under a single brand.  Our goal is to continue to ensure all patients leave our hospitals cared for medically as well as feeling satisfied, respected and comforted.”

Northen’s hospitality background gives him the needed skills to run the expanding hospital network with a focus on putting patients at the center of the experience, something the hotel industry has traditionally done very well.

The Columbia Asia hospital system, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, was created two decades ago with an innovative business model focused on modern, efficient and affordable multispecialty hospitals located close to where patients live and work. 

Columbia Asia’s parent company, Columbia Pacific Management, has unprecedented experience in delivering healthcare to Asia and the United States.  Besides Columbia Asia, the company has three senior living facilities in China through its China senior care affiliate, Cascade Healthcare. 

About Columbia Asia

Columbia Asia, part of U.S.-based Columbia Pacific Management, has 27 facilities across Malaysia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia, and plans for 8 new hospitals by 2018.

The company’s highly skilled doctors and nurses deliver care in modern hospitals located close to where people live and work.  Columbia Asia hospitals are specifically designed for the needs of patients and built for maximum comfort and efficiency.  

For more information about Columbia Asia, please visit

Media Contact

Vinay Kaul - V.P. Sales and Marketing

Kanchana Prasad - Sr. Manager – Corporate Communications

Location Tags:

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam


  • Columbia Asia Hospitals
  • Expansion Plan


© 2016 Columbia Asia