Saint Andrew's Mission Hospital to operate three eldercare facilities in the East

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat (centre left) receives a token of appreciation from The Right Reverend Rennis Ponniah at a charity dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel on Oct 25, 2019.
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat (centre left) receives a token of appreciation from The Right Reverend Rennis Ponniah at a charity dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel on Oct 25, 2019.PHOTO: CMG

SINGAPORE - The Saint Andrew's Mission Hospital (SAMH) has been appointed by the Ministry of Health to be the integrated operator of three eldercare facilities in the eastern part of Singapore.

The hospital will be in charge of running a nursing home with a co-located senior care centre in Tampines North that will open in 2022, as well as a pair of Active Ageing Hubs in Bedok North and Bedok South that will open in 2022 and 2021 respectively.

The hospital said on Friday (Oct 25) that the arrangement will allow it to build a "continuum of care" to support eastern residents.

"With these three facilities clustered around St Andrew's Community Hospital and its acute hospital partner, Changi General Hospital, there is an opportunity to build a pioneering continuum of care to support eastern residents, from acute hospital care, to community and long-term care," said the hospital.

Dr Arthur Chern, the group chief executive of the hospital and the Singapore Anglican Community Services (SACS), said that the two organisations currently serve over 22,000 people through its integrated social and health services.

This has been made possible with the support of their donors and partner organisations.

On Friday, the two organisations hosted a charity dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat attended the event as its guest of honour.

Dr Chern said that this year, over $900,000 has been raised from the SAMH-SACS Charity Dinner.

"The money raised will be used to fund the growing community programmes under SAMH and SACS, with a special focus on our new services: St Andrew's Nursing Home in Tampines North, the co-located St Andrew's Senior Care, as well as St Andrew's Senior Care in Bedok North and Bedok South," he said.