Surabaya is the capital of the province of East Java and is the second largest city in Indonesia. Surabaya is a commercial center with a large seaport – probably one of the largest in the region. The population of this city is about 3 million. It is the gateway to Mount Bromo and Mount Bali. While many residents speak the local language Javanese, the national language of Indonesia is Bahasa. Bahasa is the official language and is used in business and education. Recently, English has also been used for other purposes, such as advertisements and public signs.
There are many beliefs about the origin of the name Surabaya. A Javanese myth says that this name comes from two words: suro or sura, meaning shark, and boya, meaning crocodile. Some locals believe that two heroes named Sura and Boya clashed in their attempt to become the king of the region.
The airport in the city is called Juanda Airport and has regular flights to the capital Jakarta and to other major cities of Indonesia. This is the second busiest airport in the country after Jakarta. Some direct international flights are also available from this airport. A fixed rate taxi service is available from the airport to the city, which is approximately 18 km away.
There are a few good hospitals in Surabaya that provide excellent medical care to all the local residents and the patients from various foreign countries. Outlined here are some of the metropolis’ most prominent hospitals.
Siloam Hospitals Surabaya
Siloam Hospital Surabaya is one of the largest hospitals in the city. It offers the highest class of medical care in the region and has 160 operational beds and all different types of modern facilities. It is an initiative of a large private real estate group called Lippo Karawaci. Their other three international hospitals are located in Jakarta. In Surabaya alone, this hospital has 210 specialized doctors and 184 nurses. The hospital also offers 24-hour emergency and ambulance service, both of which are available throughout the week.
Rumah Sakit Surabaya International is located in the peaceful and quiet area, east of the city. It is another major hospital in the city. It began operations with a vision to create and maintain a reputation for excellent medical services. This hospital belongs to an affiliate of the Ramsay Health Institute, the largest healthcare company in Australia. The company as a whole has about 70 health centers in Australia alone. Surabaya started in 1998. With 168 bedrooms and the professionalism of the doctors from Australia and Indonesia, this has become a unique center for medical care. Other medical facilities, such as a 24-hour emergency room, ambulance and a number of doctors on each ward, make it a convenient place for patients to visit.
The Husada Utama Hospital became operational in 1993 with the vision of becoming a five star hospital providing complete satisfaction to its patients and their families. The infrastructure has 220 beds, emergency care and modern facilities in the operating room. All these factors make this medical center an excellent healthcare facility. Husada Utama continues to provide the most excellent health care with the highest professional standard of medical technology.
Menur Psychiatric Hospital is another hospital that provides medical care to patients with mental disorder in the region. They have 30 VIP rooms and other world-class facilities to provide medical care to such patients.