New $60m Assisi Hospice complex officially opens

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (far left) and Catholic Archbishop of Singapore William Goh were among the guests at the opening ceremony of Assisi Hospice's new complex in Thomson Road yesterday, which was accompanied by a Christmas light-up. The hospi
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (far left) and Catholic Archbishop of Singapore William Goh were among the guests at the opening ceremony of Assisi Hospice's new complex in Thomson Road yesterday, which was accompanied by a Christmas light-up. The hospice building, which has 85 inpatient beds compared with 37 previously, will be able to serve more than 2,000 patients a year.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

More than 400 patients at Assisi Hospice and their family members watched the first Christmas light-up at their new complex in Thomson Road which officially opened yesterday.

The charity moved to the new six-storey building, located next to the former hospice, in January and has served 1,500 patients so far.

Catholic Archbishop of Singapore William Goh, Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong and Assisi's patron Ho Ching were among those at the opening ceremony.

Boasting 85 inpatient beds - compared with 37 previously - and new wards as well as homely features, the $60 million building will be able to serve more than 2,000 patients a year.

The Health Ministry provided around $46 million of the building cost, while the remaining $14 million was raised through donations. The hospice targets around $8 million in donations each year for expenses such as patient care and staff costs. It is already close to reaching this goal this year, but is still working to hit the target.

Earlier, a generous couple - the late Mr Gerry Essery and Mrs Jo Essery - left behind $2 million each for the Assisi Hospice, the National Kidney Foundation and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Essery Hall, named after the couple, is located on the sixth floor of the hospice and is used for staff training, functions and seminars.


Correction note: This report has been edited for clarity and accuracy.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2017, with the headline 'New $60m Assisi Hospice complex officially opens'. Print Edition | Subscribe