History 2000 - Present


Moving Forward For The Community. Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital Strategic Plan
Moving forward, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital aims to be the cancer hospital in Malaysia, offering a comprehensive range of services from cancer diagnosis, cancer surgery, cancer treatments and palliative care.

A brief outline of our future plan is as follows.

I) Cancer Screening Centre We are offering cancer screening, advocating “early Screening Saves Lives”. Our Cancer Screening Centre will be set up within the next two months and this set up costing RM250,000.00 has been sponsored by a generous family.

II) Radiation Oncology We have replaced our 13 year old radiation treatment machine with the best and latest machine in radiation treatment in the country and possibly within South East Asia. It is called TOMOTHERAPY. This is our commitment to the community, offering the best in technology at an affordable price range. This upgrade costing RM14,000,000.00 is made possible by financing. The financing is to facilitate the acquisition which will subsequently be repaid from public donations collected.

III) Radiology Proper medical treatment starts with proper medical diagnosis. Apart from offering the latest in treatment facilities, we will be investing in a MRI machine in our Radiology Centre. We aimed to invest in a MRI machine and this will cost RM3,500,000.00. Under the scope of Radiology, we have purchased a C-Arm to aid interventional radiology work. With the availability of a C-Arm, we are now able to conduct biopsy, interventional radiology work and to support our surgery centre in the near future. This purchase amount to RM810,000.00 will be funded from public donations and meanwhile we have used our internal funds to bridge the purchase.

IV) Nuclear Medicine Centre Our plan will include the purchase of a SPECT Scanner to complete our Nuclear Medicine Centre which will further enhance the cancer imaging capability of the hospital and it will also enable oncologists to introduce more advanced cancer treatments using new radioactive therapies and techniques. The Nuclear Medicine Centre will be housed in our existing building. We target to purchase and set up the SPECT Scanner by 2013. The total cost for this set up will be RM3,800,000.00.

V) Surgical Oncology One level of new oncology surgical centre will be built above our existing building. It is our aim to offer a complete cancer treatment within the building. We target that the additional floor will be completed by 2014. The cost of the building, set up and to equip the surgery centre will amount to RM7,000,000.00.

VI) Lobby Extension. With the addition of new facilities and services, we will be looking into expanding our current lobby to ease the congestion and to make registration and waiting more comfortable. This lobby extension will cost RM1,100,000.00.

This strategic plan will take us three years and a total of RM31 million in investments.



New oncology clinics were set up in 2010.
First case of Positron Emission Tomography (PET-CT) was done on 8th October 2010.
It is a medical imaging device which combines in a single gantry system both a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and an x-ray Computed Tomography, so that images acquired from both devices can be taken sequentially,
in the same session from the patient and combined into a single superposed image.


6th October 2009 - Official launching of Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT).
This IGRT machine was to replace our first Linear Accelerator machine.


First Stereotactic Radio Surgery (SRS) was carried out on 8 August.
SRS administered by delivery of a full dose of radiation given in 1 session and can only
treat well-defined tumours that are smaller than 3 to 4 centimeters.

Change of hospital name to Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital on 31st October 2008.


The first case for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) was on 4th May.

Launching of the Mammography Machine on the 9th June.

The first case of Stereotactic Radio Therapy (SRT) was on 11th September.


Linear Accelerator 3 was launched by Dato' Dr. Chua Soi Lek, the Health Minister on the 5th January.



HIS (Hospital Information System) went live on the 1st June.



Signing of MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Royal Adelaide Hospital was witnessed by Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon the Chief Minister of Penang on the 4th September.


The first patient treated on the new state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator Machine was on the 23rd June.


Mount Miriam Hospital was conferred the MS ISO 9001:2000 certification by SIRIM QAS International on the 28th October.
Work commenced on the installation of the new state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator on the 19th October.


His Excellency Tun Dato' Seri Abdul Rahman Bin Haji Abbas, SMN, DMPN, DJN. Governor of Penang launched the Linear Accelerator Fund on the 2nd April.
MMH raised RM5.5 million for the purchase of a state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator with 3-Dimension Multileaf Collimator (MLC) and Electronic Portal Imager(EPI). This Linear accelerator was Mount Miriam Hospital’s third radiotherapy machine.


The first Mount Miriam Hospital Survivors Day was 19th October. MMH joined more than 700 communities worldwide to celebrate the resilience of life of cancer survivors. Subsequent Survivors Day was celebrated annually at Mount Miriam.


The CT Simulator was commissioned in March.

The Palliative Outpatient Clinic commenced in August with 2 sessions a week, including home visits.

The new Governor of Penang, Tun Dato' Seri Abdul Rahman Bin Haji Abbas became the Patron of Mount Miriam Hospital in October.


The Isolator for reconstitution of chemo drugs, the first in Penang, was in operation in April.

History 1990-1999


The Second Linear Accelerator (Siemens Mevtron M) was commissioned in March, to replace the first Cobalt 60 which was in use since 1979. Caesium intra-cavity application therapy was discontinued towards the later part of the year and was replaced by the Brachytherapy machine.
The Day Chemotherapy Unit was set up and opened on the 8th December. It accommodated 16 patients a day.


The number of patients had steadily increased and exceeded a thousand.


The First Linear Accelerator (Siemens Mevtron MD-2) was commissioned in December.

The Governor of Penang, Tun Dato' Seri Dr. Haji Hamdan Bin Sheik Tahir was invited to be the Patron of Mount Miriam Hospital.


The foundation stone for another extension to the Radiotherapy Department was laid by Tun Dato' Seri Dr. Haji Hamdan Bin Sheikh Tahir, Governor of Penang on the 1st August.

Laying of Foundation Stone and Official Launching of Fund Raising Project for the Linear Accelerator and Extension 1993 by the Governor of Penang Tun Dato' Seri Dr. Haji Hamdan bin Sheikh Tahir


Dato' Dr Peter Mooney (Centre), First Chairman of the Board of Mount Miriam Hospital


The Fund Raising Campaign for the new building extension and an additional Linear Accelerator was officially launched.

Handing Over of Cheque Towards the Linear Accelerator Fund Raising Project

History 1980-1989


The Ximatron Simulator and Extension to the Radiotherapy Unit was officially opened by the Governor of Penang, Tun Dato' Dr. Haji Awang Bin Hassan on 2nd April.

Official Opening of Extension to Mount Miriam Radiotheraphy Unit 1989 by the then Governor of Penang Tun Dato' Dr. Hj Awang bin Hassan, SMN, DUPN, SPMJ



The Hospital acquired the Ximatron Simulator, the first in this part of the world, for use of treatment planning in November. The machine was housed in a new extension of the Radiotherapy Unit.


Arrival of Consultant Dr. Mohamed Adel Mohamed Zaatar from UK to MMH‘s team of Radiotherapists and Oncologists.


Another Theraton 780 Cobalt 60 machine was added to the Radiotherapy Unit in August. A second set of intra-cavity caesium source was acquired.


The number of patients had increased to over 500.


The second Consultant Radiotherapist and Oncologist, Dr. Daniel O'Connell formerly from Charing Cross Hospital, London, succeeded Dr. A.D. Singh and was with the Hospital for 2 years. Dr. G.C. Pant, Professor of Varanasi Hospital, India, was hospital’s third Consultant Radiotherapist and Oncologist.

History 1963-1979



Official Opening of the Radiotheraphy Unit & Outpatient Department 1979 by the then Bishop of Penang Rt. Rev. Anthony Soter Fernandez D.D.

In response to the need for cancer treatment in Penang and the northern region of Malaysia, the Hospital embarked on the expansion of building and facilities. With its extended services, the hospital was able to offer curative or symptomatic treatment to patients.

The late Dr. Chia Kim Boon, a senior Consultant Radiotherapist and Oncologist from Singapore General Hospital assisted in the planning and the development of the facilities.

The Theraton 780 Cobalt 60 was the first radiotherapy machine installed. The first set of intra-cavity caesium source was acquired.

The first Consultant Radiotherapist and Oncologist, Dr. Attar Deo Singh from Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, India, pioneered the setting up of the radiotherapy unit with Dr. Chia Kim Boon.

The Outpatient Complex and Radiotherapy Unit was opened in March by Bishop Soter Fernandez, then Bishop of Penang, in the presence of the Chief Minister of Penang, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Lim Chong Eu.

The total number of patients in 1979 was 333.


Official Opening of Mount Mriam Hospital 21st Feb 1976

Bishop Gregory Yong declared Mount Miriam Hospital officially opened on the 21st February. Dr. Peter Tan Ewe Aik was the first Honorary Doctor and Medical Superintendent while Mother Baptista Hennessy was the first Administrator/Matron. Mount Miriam Hospital's First Open Day on the 29th February was graced by Hon. Dato' Teh Ewe Lim, the acting Chief Minister and his wife.


The first patient admitted to the Hospital was on the 1st June.

For the first 3 years, Mount Miriam Hospital admitted a few general medical patients but was otherwise exclusively concerned with terminally ill cancer patients.

The Original Team of FMDM Sisters


The Sisters at Work


Construction of Mount Miriam Hospital started and the building was completed at the cost of RM2.5 million.


The site adjacent to present College General (Major Seminary) was cleared for the project. Funds were raised through donation drives, well wishers and the public at large.


The Grey Sisters withdrew from the project in 1969. A request was made by Bishop Gregory Yong (successor to the late Bishop Francis Chan) for the Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) to build a cancer hospital, pioneering cancer care in the northern region of Malaysia.


The late Bishop Francis Chan, first Catholic Bishop of Penang, who was suffering from terminal cancer, was nursed by the "Grey Sisters" (French Sisters of the Foreign Missions). Bishop Chan wished all cancer sufferers could receive similar skilled and compassionate care and so invited the Grey Sisters to open a nursing home for cancer patients.