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17 Dec 2014
Leadership succession at National Neuroscience Institute

SingHealth announced today that Professor Lee Wei Ling, Director of National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) since 2004 will pass the leadership baton to Associate Professor Ng Wai Hoe with effect from 1 January 2015. He will also be appointed Academic Chair of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Neuroscience Academic Clinical Program (ACP).

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17 Dec 2014
Professor Stuart Cook conferred the Tanoto Foundation Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre announced today that the Tanoto Foundation Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine has been awarded to Professor Stuart Cook, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology and Distinguished Clinician Scientist of the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), and Director of the National Heart Research Institute Singapore (NHRIS) at NHCS. Prof Cook is also Deputy Program Director of the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Signature Research Program at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Professor of Clinical and Molecular Cardiology at Imperial College, UK. The Professorship recognises Prof Cook as an outstanding clinician and researcher who has demonstrated academic leadership and is a pioneer in advancing the frontiers in cardiovascular medicine.

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29 Nov 2014
Sengkang Health marks the building up for its hospital development with community dialogue

Sengkang Health and its main contractor Penta-Ocean Construction commemorated today an important milestone in its infrastructure development of the Sengkang General and Community Hospitals in a ceremony officiated by Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health. Reinforcing its vision of working with community partners to build a healthy living ecosystem in the northeast, Sengkang Health is also kick-starting a collaborative dialogue for like-minded healthcare and community partners to work towards achieving community well-being together through a World Café-style discussion.

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21 Nov 2014
Tan Chin Tuan Nursing Award ups award sum this year to enhance recognition for Enrolled Nurses

Ten of Singapore’s top Enrolled Nurses received the 8th Tan Chin Tuan Nursing Award from Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Manpower, at a ceremony held at the Academia today. The annual Award, established by the D.S. Lee Foundation in 2006, is the highest accolade for Enrolled Nurses in Singapore. This year, to better recognise Enrolled Nurses for their contributions to healthcare, the award quantum was significantly increased by 75 per cent for the overall champion (raising the cash award to $3,500); 50 per cent for the first runner-up (raising the cash award to $3,000) and 25 per cent (raising the cash award to $2,500) for the second runner-up.

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30 Oct 2014
New community health centre opens at Tiong Bahru

SingHealth, Singapore’s largest Academic Medical Centre, today announced the official opening of its first Community Health Centre (CHC) in Tiong Bahru. Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC was the Guest of Honour for the official opening. Supported by the Ministry of Health, the Tiong Bahru CHC is set up to complement healthcare services provided by general practitioners for patients with stabilised chronic diseases.

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20 Oct 2014
Professor Donald Tan conferred the Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre announced today that the Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology has been awarded to Professor Donald Tan, Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist, Corneal and External Eye Disease Department, Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), Senior Principal Clinician Scientist of the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), tenured full professor of Ophthalmology at the National University of Singapore and Senior Advisor, SNEC, SingHealth. The prestigious Professorship recognises Professor Tan as an outstanding clinician, researcher and educator who has demonstrated academic leadership and is a pioneer in advancing the frontiers of medicine. Established with initial seed funding of S$2.5million from the SNEC Health Research Endowment fund which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Singapore Government, the Professorship is named in honour of luminary ophthalmologist, the late Professor Arthur Lim, whose lifelong dedication and commitment to developing quality eye care, education and research in Singapore raised the practice of ophthalmology in Singapore to world-class status.

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18 Oct 2014
SingHealth raises more than half a million for President’s Challenge 2014

SingHealth President’s Challenge 2014, led by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), broke new ground with two new firsts in the time-honoured campaign. Not only were donors able to donate securely and with ease to SingHealth President’s Challenge through a new mobile site, they could also purchase and pen messages of encouragement on heartshaped pledge stickers to affix onto a new iconic visual element in the campaign – the Heart Pillar Wrap. The fundraising amount amassed from these novel fundraising features alongside other efforts undertaken by the staff from the various SingHealth institutions is a significant $510,000, which is more than twice the targeted fundraising amount and surpasses last year’s fundraising amount by more than $100,000. Donations towards President's Challenge will be matched dollar-for-dollar under the Government's Care and Share movement, bringing the total amount of funds raised by SingHealth to over S$1 million.

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17 Oct 2014
19 student teams present research findings at inaugural Transplant Youth Symposium

As part of SingHealth’s Transplant Awareness Week activities this year, more than 250 students from secondary and tertiary institutions participated in the first SingHealth Transplant Youth Symposium. The symposium gave students a chance to present their research projects on organ transplantation and learn more about legislation and issues surrounding organ and tissue donation in Singapore and overseas. Winning student teams presented their research findings to Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, who was Guest-of-Honour at the event.

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25 Sep 2014
Official opening of National Heart Centre Singapore new building by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

The National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) new building was officially opened on 25 September 2014 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The 50,000 square metres building is a significant boost to NHCS’ capacity and capabilities in advancing cardiovascular medicine through patient care, research and education for better delivery of care. Over 37,000 heart outpatients have been seen at the new site since it started operations in March 2014.

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05 Sep 2014
SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2014 - Showcasing the Best in Academic Medicine

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2014 – a signature event showcasing the synergy and strength of SingHealth and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School’s (Duke-NUS) joint academic partnership, was launched today by President Tony Tan Keng Yam. A key highlight at the Congress was the launch of the National Heart Research Institute Singapore (NHRIS) – a joint venture by National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) and Duke-NUS. In conjunction with the launch, President Tony Tan received a S$3million cheque from Mr Sukanto Tanoto, which will be used to set up the Tanoto Foundation Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine and fund the Tanoto Foundation Initiative for Genetics and Stem Cell Research at National Heart Research Institute Singapore.

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19 Aug 2014
4th Singapore Healthcare Management Congress draws more than 700 healthcare administrators to share best practices

More than 700 healthcare administrators from Singapore and seven other countries attended the Singapore Healthcare Management Congress, held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre from 19 to 21 August 2014. Organised by SingHealth, Singapore’s largest Academic Medical Centre, the annual event has established itself as the leading platform in the region for healthcare administrators to share best practices in operations, human resource, service quality, finance, healthcare communications, supply chain management and risk management.

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01 Aug 2014
SingHealth launches new role to help patients navigate healthcare system

SingHealth, Singapore’s largest academic healthcare cluster, has launched the Patient Navigator role to help patients with complex and/or  chronic conditions journey through the continuum of care and transit seamlessly across different care settings. It was launched today by Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong at SingHealth’s Nurses’ Day celebration, attended by over 2,000 nurses and staff from SingHealth’s 10 healthcare institutions.

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25 Jul 2014
Leadership Succession at SNEC and NDCS

Prof Wong Tien Yin, deputy medical director of the Singapore National Eye Centre, will step up to head the centre from 1 August, replacing current medical director Prof Donald Tan, who will be appointed senior adviser at SNEC. At National Dental Centre Singapore, deputy executive director Assoc Prof Poon Choy Yoke has been appointed its next director. replacing current executive director Assoc Prof Kwa Chong Teck, who will be appointed senior adviser of NDCS. 

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23 Jul 2014
Singapore team develops Asia's first genetic test that can prevent corneal blindness

A team of eye doctors and scientists from Singapore have developed Asia’s first genetic test for identifying patients with a type of eye disease that affects the cornea called corneal stromal dystrophy which can lead to blurring and loss of vision. Called the POLARIS™ TGFBI (Transforming Growth Factor beta Induced) test, this genetic test is designed to aid in the diagnosis and management of patients with corneal stromal dystrophies. It can also identify family members carrying a TGFBI mutation who may also be at risk of developing corneal stromal dystrophy.

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21 Jul 2014
Singapore scientists discover genetic cause of common breast tumours in women

A multi-disciplinary team of scientists from the National Cancer Centre Singapore, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, and Singapore General Hospital have made a seminal breakthrough in understanding the molecular basis of fibroadenoma, one of the most common breast tumours diagnosed in women. The team, led by Professors Teh Bin Tean, Patrick Tan, Tan Puay Hoon and Steve Rozen, used advanced DNA sequencing technologies to identify a critical gene called MED12 that was repeatedly disrupted in nearly 60% of fibroadenoma cases. Their findings have been published in the top-ranked journal Nature Genetics.

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17 Jun 2014
Ngee Ann-SGH shoulder rehab device further developed for commercialisation

A shoulder rehabilitation device that originated as a final-year project by Mechanical Engineering students at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) in collaboration with physiotherapists from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth Group, will soon hit the market. The novel device was unveiled on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 in conjunction with a new Memorandum of Understanding undertaken by Ngee Ann Polytechnic and SingHealth to collaborate on initiatives aimed at improving healthcare services, research and education.

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22 May 2014
SingHealth and National Healthcare Group establish mutual recognition of research ethics review boards in public healthcare sector

Public healthcare clusters SingHealth and the National Healthcare Group (NHG) have established a mutual recognition of their institutional review boards (IRBs), which look after research involving human subjects in the public healthcare sector. The two clusters signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to mutually recognise both of their ethics reviews.

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21 May 2014
Leadership succession at National Heart Centre Singapore

SingHealth announced today that Professor Koh Tian Hai, Medical Director of National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) since 2003 will pass the leadership baton to Professor Terrance Chua with effect from 1 June 2014. Prof Chua will also take on the position as Academic Chair, SingHealth Duke-NUS Cardiovascular Academic Clinical Program (ACP).

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17 May 2014
SingHealth and Temasek Foundation partner to provide disaster preparedness specialists programme for Makassar, Indonesia

SingHealth signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hasanuddin University on 17 May 2014 that will see the SingHealth Group provide a disaster preparedness specialists programme for Makassar, Indonesia over a period of 2 years. The programme is supported by Temasek Foundation, Singapore. The aim of the programme is to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and the local disaster management team to deal with emergencies during disaster, with particular focus on preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters.

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08 May 2014
New Family Medicine Clinic at Chinatown

SingHealth, Singapore’s largest Academic Healthcare Cluster, and TriLink FMC, a private general practitioner group, today announced the official opening of the Family Medicine Clinic (FMC) Chinatown. The FMC Chinatown, Singapore’s fifth FMC, is part of the Government’s Primary Care Masterplan to leverage the strengths of public and private sectors to provide comprehensive and integrated care for patients with stabilised chronic diseases.

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19 Apr 2014
NNI researchers discover novel function of protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease

A research team led by the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) has uncovered a novel function of the Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP), one of the main pathogenic culprits of Alzheimer’s disease. This discovery may help researchers understand how the protein goes awry in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients, and potentially paves the way for the development of innovative therapeutics to improve the brain function of dementia patients. The findings were published in the prestigious scientific research journal Nature Communications last month. The study, which is led by NNI, involved investigators from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the Agency for Science and Technology (A*STAR).

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28 Mar 2014
Singapore Health Inspirational Patient and Caregiver Award: A heartfelt tribute to 33 extraordinary patients and caregivers

16 patients and 17 caregivers were honoured today for their extraordinary show of courage, resilience, and strength in the face of adversity at the Singapore Health Inspirational Patient and Caregiver Award. They were nominated by staff from SingHealth institutions and Econ Healthcare Group, who felt that their stories have taught them valuable life lessons and motivated them to deliver better care to patients and their families.

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09 Mar 2014
Singapore’s largest neuroscience research institute launched to advance care for disorders like stroke and dementia

The National Neuroscience Research Institute Singapore (NNRIS) – a joint venture by the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School – has been launched to improve treatment and seek cures through research for brain and nervous system disorders such as stroke, Parkinson disease and dementia. The NNRIS will be Singapore’s largest institute specialising in neuroscience research, bringing together more than 200 neurologists, neuroscientists and research professionals from NNI and Duke-NUS to work in collaboration.

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10 Feb 2014
School of Nursing makes way for new community hospital on SGH Campus

SingHealth, Singapore’s largest academic healthcare cluster, held a closing ceremony for the School of Nursing today. The building which will be demolished in July this year will make way for a new community hospital on the SGH Campus. Established in 1956, the School of Nursing played an instrumental role in the development and advancement of nursing education in Singapore. It was where generations of nursing students received their basic and post-basic training and honed their clinical skills. More than a School, it was also home to thousands of nurses who lived on its premises during the time it was operational from the 1950s to 1990s.

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14 Jan 2014
Singapore Health Quality Service Award Honouring the Best of Healthcare Champions

A record number of 2,727 healthcare professionals from 17 institutions were honoured for their outstanding contributions at the annual Singapore Health Quality Service Award held on 14 Jan 2014. Organised by SingHealth, Singapore’s largest academic healthcare cluster, the award is Singapore’s first dedicated platform to honour healthcare professionals who have delivered quality care and excellent service to patients.

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