​27 October 2013

Media Release

Groundbreaking Ceremony of Sengkang General and Community Hospitals

SingHealth’s upcoming acute and community hospitals in Sengkang is building an ecosystem for healthy living for the benefit of residents in the northeast

As yet another step towards Healthcare 2020, Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health today officiated the Groundbreaking Ceremony of Sengkang General and Community Hospitals. These hospitals are part of a new integrated hospital development managed by Sengkang Health under the umbrella of SingHealth.

Slated for completion in 2018, the Sengkang General and Community Hospitals will be one of Singapore’s largest regional hospitals catering to the growing population in the northeast, in particular Sengkang, Punggol, Hougang and Pasir Ris. Comprising a 1,000-bed general hospital and a 400-bed community hospital, it is strategically located in Sengkang new town and is easily accessible with its close proximity to public transport systems such as the Cheng Lim LRT Station, Sengkang MRT Station, the bus interchange as well as retail complexes and amenities.

Hospital Built for the Future - Quality, Seamless Care

Sengkang General and Community Hospitals will provide patients with a seamless, more co-ordinated and comprehensive experience, that extends beyond the doorstep of the hospitals. Patients will be managed by a primary care provider and supported by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians for better outcomes and transition of care when needed. The shared clinical, ancillary and administrative resources of our general and community hospitals will enable our patients to experience a seamless transition of care, be it from acute to intermediate-and-long-term care or vice versa. To enable the Hospitals to adapt quickly to meet changing demand patterns, expansion and future-proofing plans have also been incorporated into the overall hospital design.

“With a strong community focus, we envision that Sengkang Health will bring quality, multi-disciplinary, patient-centric care to the doorstep of residents in the northeast. To enable a seamless continuum of integrated care for residents, we will work with primary care physicians, polyclinics and intermediate and long-term care providers to build a holistic ecosystem for healthy living,“ said Professor Christopher Cheng, Pro-Tem Chief Executive Officer, Sengkang Health.

Access to Full Spectrum of Care from the SingHealth interlinked network

Patients from Sengkang General and Community Hospitals, a member of Singapore’s largest academic healthcare cluster, will have access to the full spectrum of care from the SingHealth’s two tertiary hospitals, five specialty centres and nine polyclinics as well as benefit from the collective wisdom of SingHealth’s professionals.

“Every patient coming through the Sengkang General and Community Hospitals will have access to the comprehensive care from SingHealth’s interlinked network of physicians. As an academic healthcare cluster, SingHealth can ensure that, when needed, there will be direct access to cutting-edge and quaternary care for our patients from Sengkang,” said Professor Ivy Ng, Group Chief Executive Officer, SingHealth.

Building an Ecosystem for Healthy Living - Engaging the Community in the northeast

To bring its vision of “Healthy Living. Fulfilling Life” into reality, Sengkang Health will work with a myriad of community partners including healthcare organisations and schools to create greater awareness for preventive care and thereby cultivate healthier communities.

Sengkang Health’s “Millennia Kids” programme aims to encourage and empower young Singaporeans in the northeast to be ambassadors for healthy living, through a comprehensive range of initiatives. Compassvale Primary and Sengkang Primary Schools are the first two schools to pledge their support for the programme.

Sengkang Health has also started seeking collaborative partnerships with community health organisations. To date, it is happy to have the support of the Health Promotion Board, the Singapore Sports Council and the Tobacco Free Generation 2000 Movement. These strategic partnerships will further its cause of building an ecosystem for healthy living.

As part of its community engagement efforts, Sengkang Health is inviting the community to participate in its “Help Shape Our Logo” exercise which opens on 27 October 2013 and
closes 17 November 2013. All members of the public, particularly those living in the northeast , are invited to select their preferred Sengkang Hospital logo, including the option of providing comments on their selection. To participate, they can either go online to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/skhlogo or log in via a QR code. At the groundbreaking ceremony event, participants also have the option of submitting their entries on the spot. All eligible entries stand to a chance to win shopping vouchers in a lucky draw*.

A mini carnival was also held in conjunction with the groundbreaking ceremony to involve community partners and healthcare organisations as well as residents in the regional hospital’s development journey.

*Staff of SingHealth are not eligible to participate.

About Sengkang General and Community Hospitals

As part of the SingHealth cluster, the Sengkang General and Community Hospitals form a vital part of Singapore’s master plan in providing innovative and quality care to better serve the healthcare needs in northeast Singapore.

Slated for completion in 2018, this future 1,400-bed integrated hospital development will deliver holistic, multi-disciplinary and patient-centric care covering all major healthcare disciplines.
For media queries, please contact :

Ms Lee Jin Jin
Assistant Manager
Communications & Service Quality, Sengkang Health
DID: 6694 5094 ; HP:9436 0883
Email: lee.jin.jin@singhealth.com.sg

Ms Carol Wee
Manager, Group Communications
Group Communications
DID: 6377 8042 ; HP: 9781 2169
Email: carol.wee@singhealth.com.sg