St Luke’s ElderCare clients access Medisave for rehab services
Since February 2012, eight centres at St Luke’s ElderCare receive accreditation from Ministry of Health to provide community rehabilitation services. Elderly who are eligible will be able to use their Medisave funds and enjoy further subsidies.
More beds, facilities for St Luke’s Hospital
Hospital breaks ground for new $14 million expansion
On 30 April 2012, St Luke’s Hospital broke ground for the construction of a new seven storey wing and redevelopment of existing wards. St Luke’s Hospital will be increasing its number of beds by 25% from 185 to 233. At the ground-breaking ceremony, Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor said the expansion was in line with the Health Ministry’s plan to add 1,800 beds in community hospitals by 2020 to serve Singapore’s rapidly ageing society. Two floors will be set aside for patients who are more ill when the expansion is complete. Many of these sub-acute patients are from acute hospitals and have completed their course of treatment, but require a level of complex care and so remain unfit to return home.
St Luke’s Hospital organises 6th Wound Conference
Healing or Non-Healing Wounds: Is Wound Management Still Important? was the theme of St Luke’s Hospital’s 6th Wound Conference which was held at the Holiday Inn Atrium. The conference held from 25 – 26 April 2012 was attended by 313 clinicians and nurses from acute hospitals and ILTC organisations.
Finance Minister praises St Luke’s Hospital and St Luke’s ElderCare
In his budget speech, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister of Finance commended St Luke’s Hospital and St Luke’s ElderCare for their efforts in providing quality care services for the elderly. He highlighted SLH’s recent Neuro Hand Orthosis Programme which is a glove-like device that helps “elderly stroke patients regain functionality in their hands faster,” said the Minister. During its trial phase, the NHOP was found to help patients recover faster. In the same speech, Mr Tharman also said, “Today, we already have several good long-term care providers amongst our VWOs. For example, St Luke’s ElderCare provides day care services…We need more of them, and must raise the quality across the whole spectrum of providers.”
St Luke’s Director of Nursing receives President’s Award
Ms Susie Goh received the nation’s highest accolade awarded to nurses from President S.R. Nathan on 29 July 2011. Susie is the first nurse from a community hospital to be recognized for the award since its inception in 2000. Susie was the pioneer of St Luke’s specialty in wound management. She conducted the first wound course for nurses from the Intermediate and Long-Term Care (ILTC) sector in 2002. It was accredited by the reputable European Wound Management Association in 2007 and since 2010, was approved by AIC as a course with funding to educate more nurses in the ILTC sector.
Minister of Health visits St Luke’s
The Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor and senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Agency for Integrated Care visited St Luke’s Hospital (SLH) on 26 September 2011 to gain a better understanding of the services provided by St Luke’s Hospital and to better understand the challenges it faced.
St Luke’s Hospital celebrates 15 years of serving the community
Some 400 staff, guests and the Minister of Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong, gathered at Raffles Town Club on the evening of 14 October 2011 to celebrate St Luke’s Hospital’s 15th Anniversary.
St Luke’s ElderCare opens two new elder care centres
St Luke’s ElderCare’s 10th centre in Ayer Rajah commenced operations in April 2011. Later in November our 11th centre in Telok Blangah saw its first wellness clients.
Healthcare Humanity Award 2010
Pharmacy Manager, Jenny Oo was the 11th recipient from St Luke’s Hospital. This award is given in appreciation from the community to recognise her contribution to the healthcare profession and community.
Nurses Merit Award
Senior Staff Nurse Tham Lai Chun was awarded the Nurses Merit Award for her outstanding performance and dedication to nursing.
Good Samaritan Award
Our volunteer Mr Richard Tay received the Good Samaritan Award from the Rotary Club of Singapore on 26 May 2010 in recognition of his assistance to patients in need. Since April 2002, Richard has been a steadfast volunteer with us. He serves as a hairstylist and escorts patients for their check up at the acute hospitals.
The hospital achieved its highest daily, highest weekly average and highest monthly average patient census in January 2010. On 22 Jan 2010 the hospital experience an occupancy of 98%.
St Luke’s ElderCare Jurong East and Serangoon Centre
St Luke’s ElderCare took over the running an existing centre in Jurong East making it our 8th Centre. On 24 July 2010, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Transport officially opened our 9th Eldercare and Wellness Centre in Serangoon.
Healthcare Humanity Award 2009
This year a bumper crop of three staff received the prestigious award from the President. Our congratulation go to Ms Cheung Siew Li, Senior Medical Social Worker; Ms Tan Poh Choo, Senior Assistant Nurse and Ms Tham Lai Ping, Manager, Medical Social Worker.
Nurses Merit Award and Other Nursing Achievements
Ms Theresa Chuah (Nurse Manager) received the Ministry of Health Nurses Merit Award in recognition for her dedication and outstanding performance. Staff Nurse Tan Mui Lan, did St Luke’s proud by topping her class in her advanced diploma in Gerontology course at Nanyang Polytechnic and being awarded the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Award for Outstanding Student
St Luke’s ElderCare – Golden Years, our 7th Eldercare and Wellness Centre
On 1 April 2009, St Luke’s successfully took over the management of Golden Years Social Day Care Centre and has been renamed St Luke’s ElderCare- Golden Years
Myomo® – Stroke Rehabilitation
St Luke’s Hospital became the first hospital in Asia to introduce this personal robot which can help patients to learn how to move their arm again after a stroke. Myomo Inc developed the robot in conjunction with the world-renowned MIT and Harvard Medical School.
Stroke patients with upper limb disability to gain more mobility with new therapy method
SLH is the first to in Singapore to introduce a new innovative therapy called the Constraint Induced (CI) therapy.
St Luke’s Hospital second wound conference
SLH host our 2nd annual wound conference that boasted more than 130 healthcare professionals in attendance.
Healthcare Humanity Award 2008 / Nurses Merit Award
Assistant Director of Nursing, Ms Christina Choy and Nurse Manager, Ms Lo Yuk Hing was honored with the Healthcare Humanity Award and Nurses Merit Award respectively. Ms Christina Choy also severed in relief mission in East Timor.
Dementia – Whose problem is it?
St Luke’s Hospital brought in Professor Edmond Chiu, a renowned specialist in aged psychiatry from Australia to conduct a series of talks and workshops on dementia care. The public symposium receives overwhelming public response.
St Luke’s Eldercare opens its 6th Eldercare and Wellness Centre
Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of State, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Member of Parliament (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) and adviser to Holland-Bukit Timah GROs officially opened the St Luke’s ElderCare Bukit Timah Centre. Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister Prime Minister’s Office MP of Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and adviser to Buona Vista GROs was also present.
SLH Honorary Advisor receives nation’s highest honour
Mr S Dhanabalan, Honorary Advisor, St Luke’s Hospital and former cabinet minister receives the Order of Temasek (Second Class) on 26 Nov 2007 for his contribution to the country. Mr Dhanabalan played a significant role in the hospital’s development.
Phase 2A upgrading of the hospital completed
Renovation works have been completed for the Outpatient Clinic, Day Rehabilitation Centre and Inpatient Rehabilitation Gym. The inpatient gym features a “show room” complete with living and dining rooms to help facilitate patients to return to the community.
Care Connect @ SLH
St Luke’s Hospital launched CareConnect@SLH in January 2007 as a resource centre for caregivers.
World Health Organisation (WHO) visits St Luke’s to learns about step down care.
Young PAP (Bukit Timah) visits SLH to familiarize themselves on the issues of a aging population.
SLH held its inaugural Wound Care Conference on the 6-7 Apr 07
The event drew more than 150 healthcare professionals. We were honored to have Professor Finn Gottrup of the University of Southern Denmark was the guest speaker for the event.
Healthcare Humanity Award 2007
Mr Gribson Chan, Senior Manager, Rehabilitation Division is the 6th SLH staff to receive the prestigious award from the President of Singapore
Changes at the Top
Mr Foong Daw Ching took over the SLH Chairmanship from Prof Lee Hin Peng.
MOH Honours SLH
SLH received HEALTH (Silver) Award by MOH.
The Courage Fund Recognises SLH Staff
Head of Medical Services Dr Tan Boon Yeow and Senior Physiotherapist Kung Beng Keng received The Courage Fund, Healthcare Humanity Awards 2006.
Patient Services Enhanced
Introduction of Visiting Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine to enhance the range of services available.
National Day Awards
Prof Lee Hin Peng, Chairman was awarded the National Day 2005 Public Service Star (BBM) Award.
MOH Honours SLH
Senior Nurse Manager, Christina Choy received the MOH Nurses’ Merit Award 2005.
SLH received HEALTH (Bronze) Award by MOH for the third year.
Change at the Helm
Mr Lee Chee Yeng was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SLH and SLEC.
Collaboration on Stroke
Stroke Club @ SLH was launched in June 2005 in collaboration with Singapore National Stroke Association.
New Services for Our Clients
SLH launched its Outpatient Services in June 2005.
The Courage Fund Recognises SLH Staff
Nurse Manager, Yau Chuen So and Senior Physiotherapist Kenneth Lam received The Courage Fund, Healthcare Humanity Awards 2005.
Phase I Redevelopment Completed Phase 2 commences
Phase I redevelopment project was completed. This new facility includes an outpatient clinic, X-ray room, dental clinic and financial counseling rooms.
Commencement of Phase II redevelopment project which includes upgrading of wards and general facilities. Creation of a new lobby area and a rehabilitation mobility training park.
Nursing Team Enhanced
Five SMCP bursary students completed the Accelerated Diploma in Nursing and joined the team.
Patient Services Enhanced
Introduction of Visiting Consultant in Orthopedics to enhance the range of services available.
A Landmark - Change in Name
St Luke's Hospital for the Elderly was renamed St
Luke's Hospital as of September 2004.
The change in name signifies the hospital's role
as a community hospital serving a wider range of
patients while retaining focus in its core expertise
- geriatric care.
Today, patients who are 40 years old and above can
be admitted for treatments for strokes, fractures,
wound and stoma care.
St Luke's Hospital Hosts Historic Visit to Improve
St Luke's Hospital was the first community hospital
to host the visit of the first Step Down Care Expert
Visitor under the Ministry of Health (MOH) Health
Manpower Development Programme. The programme provides
the means for overseas expert visitors to share
their experiences and help improve healthcare delivery
to the elderly in Singapore.
The visit by the expert Dr Samuel Charles Scherer
on 19-25 March was made possible with funding from
the MOH and in collaboration with the Association
of Community Aged Care Physicians, Singapore (ACAPS).
Dr Scherer visited all the community hospitals,
the Geriatric Medicine Unit of Alexandra Hospital,
home domiciliary care services, nursing homes and
day care services.
St Luke's Hospital, Social Service Training Institute
(SSTI) and Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association
(NDTA) Inc. jointly organized a course to help adult
stroke victims for the first time in Singapore.
Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) / Bobath
Certificate Course in the Treatment and Management
of Adults with Hemiplegia was instructed
by two experienced NDT trainers, Ms Cathy Hazzard
and Ms Teddy Parkinson. The course, held on 15 March
to 2 April in the Multi-purpose Hall of St Luke's
Hospital, was attended by 24 physiotherapists, occupational
therapists and speech therapists from 13 organizations
including National University Hospital, St Andrew's
Community Hospital and Ang Mo Kio Hospital. It was
partly subsidized by National Council of Social
Service (NCSS) through its Voluntary Welfare Organization
Capability Fund (VCF).
Diabetic Eye Screening Service
St Luke's Hospital launched a Mobile Diabetic Retinal
Photography (MDRP) service for patients on 15 March.
This is an extension of our existing services intended
to provide comprehensive and quality care to our
diabetic patients. With this new service, diabetic
patients without past eye problems need not visit
an eye specialist clinic for a separate check-up.
MDRP service is carried out at St Luke's Assessment
Clinic each month by the Eye Center Mobile Team
from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).
Mr Foong Daw Ching Received the Public
St Luke’s Honorary Treasurer, Mr Foong Daw
Ching, received the Public Service Medal (PBM) at
the National Day Awards in year 2003. He has been
Chairman of the hospital’s finance and fund
raising committees since the hospital’s inception,
playing an instrumental role in setting up the hospital,
from drawing up the company structure to its official
opening in 1996. He also played a pivotal role in
laying a strong foundation for the hospital’s
St Luke’s Hospital is now Better and Brighter
May - August 2003
A massive makeover in May – August 2003 was
done to make St Luke’s Hospital look better
and brighter. Gates and walls were repainted, carpark
lots were newly turfed, lift lobbies were given
a “face lift”, and toilet fittings and
floor tiles were replaced. This cyclical maintenance
renovation project, with 90% funding from the Ministry
of Health, has helped to make patients’ stay
at the hospital more pleasant and therapeutic.
Staff Wins National Award for Outstanding Volunteer
St Luke’s volunteer coordinator, Magdalene
Choo, was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Coordinator
Award by the National Volunteer Centre (NVC). Magdalene
has been with St Luke’s since its inception
in 1996, and has been its volunteer coordinator
ever since. The Outstanding Volunteer Coordinator
Award is one out of the four categories of the National
Volunteerism Awards from NVC. The awards were inaugurated
in 2001 to recognize the best practices in volunteer
Wins Health Award for Second Year Running
St Luke’s Hospital has been awarded the Singapore
HEALTH (Helping Employees Achieve Life-Time Health)
Award (Bronze) for the second year running. This
year’s award had the added distinction that
St Luke’s Hospital was the only community
hospital to receive the award this year. Mr Lim
Hng Kiang, the Minister for Health, presented the
award to St Luke’s Hospital on 13 September,
which marked the launch of ACTIVE (All Companies
Together In Various Exercises) Day. The launch was
in conjunction with the National Healthy Lifestyle
Ward Makeover Benefits Patients & Staff
After its makeover, Ward 34 was opened for patient
care in mid-July. Its peach colour scheme radiates
vibrancy and warmth. The toilet and bathroom facilities
were upgraded with more showers and room for a long
bath trolley. Electrical switch locations were decentralized,
making them more accessible for patients and family
members. Beds and lockers were replaced with new
user- and elderly-friendly versions.
Nurse Manager Receives Ministry of Health Merit
Nurse Manager Susie Goh received a Merit Award from
the Ministry of Health, in recognition of her professionalism
and contribution to the nursing profession and community.
Her achievement was announced in St Luke’s
during Nurses Recognition Day on 5 June. St Luke’s
organizes this event to celebrate and recognize
its nurses who passed the Singapore Nursing Board
Licensure Test this year, and to award certificates
to nurses who had completed in-house course modules.
Bigger, Brighter and Better Facilities for the Elderly
The completion of St Luke’s building extension
has given patients bigger, brighter and better facilities
for therapy. The building extension comprising of
the new Multi-Purpose Hall, Inpatient Gymnasium,
Day Rehabilitation area, Training Room and Offices
cost $1.6 million. Renovation work began in September
2001 and was completed by October 2001. This upgrade
would not have been possible if not for the donations
Receives Award for Looking After Workplace Health
St Luke’s Hospital was the bronze award recipient
for the Singapore H.E.A.L.T.H (Helping Employee
Achieve Life-time Health) Award 2001. The award,
presented by the Ministry of Health, recognizes
the role of the hospital in promoting workplace
health. Executive / Medical Director Dr Fong Ngan
Phoon received the award from Prime Minister Mr
Goh Chok Tong at the launch of the 2001 National
Healthy Lifestyle campaign on 2 September.
Helping Patients through Dietary Counseling
St Luke’s Hospital, in a collaboration with
Alexandra Hospital, started an in-house dietary
counseling in September. This service allows patients
to manage their medical condition through their
diet in a cost effective manner by allowing them
to seek guidance within the hospital premises, minimizing
Alexandra Hospital (AH)
St Luke’s and Alexandra Hospital have been
zoned together under the Ministry of Health’s
Framework for Integrated Health Services of the
Elderly. From 1 April onwards, geriatricians from
AH, under the leadership of Dr Pang Weng Sun, Head
of the Geriatric Department in AH, will help St
ward rounds twice a week.
||Providing clinical support every morning.
||Providing diagnostic laboratory services,
direct access to Alexandra Hospital’s
wards and day surgery services, and dietitian
2000 Provide More Rehabilitation Facilities
St Luke’s Hospital embarked on a $1.5 million
building extension programme to increase the work
area of the rehabilitation gymnasium and day care
centre, providing twelve more rooms to meet a growing
need for working space. The work was completed in
October 2001 and was funded independently.
Home Nursing Care Programme
St Luke’s Hospital started the first Home
Nursing Care Programme, Community Care for the Elderly
(CCE) in July 2000 as a seamless, continuous extension
of service to the community. This programme was
started due to an increasing demand in home nursing
care to the frail, disabled and homebound elderly
sick. With this programme, the hospital hopes to
help meet the medical, physical, social and emotional
needs of more homebound elderly sick.
Wound Management Course
St Luke’s conducted its first Wound Management
Course from 22 March to 10 May 2000. Nurses from
St Luke’s Hospital, St Andrew’s Community
Hospital and Hua Mei Mobile Clinic took part in
the 14-hour course which focused on helping nurses
provide quality care for the increasing number of
elderly patients with wound problems. Such care
extends not just to the care of wounds but also
to the well-being of patients as a whole.
1999 In-house Speech Therapy
St Luke’s Hospital is the first community
hospital in Singapore with a full-time speech therapist,
allowing for in-house speech therapy for its patients.
1998 Inauguration of Chaplaincy
Close to two dozen volunteers and students from
Trinity Theological College and Singapore Bible
College attended the first training session for
Chaplaincy Ministry Training programme in November
1998. The aim of the programme was to induct theological
students and volunteers on chaplaincy work at St
1996 Official Opening Of St Luke’s Hospital
St Luke’s Hospital, named after the patron
saint of the medical profession, was officially
opened on 18 October 1997, St Luke’s Day.
The Guest of Honour was Dr Aline Wong, Senior Minister
of State for Health and Education. Dr Wong and the
hospital’s Honorary Advisor, Mr S Dhanabalan,
unveiled the commemorative and dedication plaques.
St Luke’s Hospital first started Day Rehabilitation
on 15 April 1996. This service allowed patients
who were discharged from the hospital to continue
therapy and treatment for better rehabilitation.
The aim was to improve the functional capability
of the patients while delaying deterioration.
Dr Ong Chit Chung, MP for Bukit Batok, officiated
at the Ground-breaking Ceremony with more than 200
guests consisting mainly of Christian leaders and
A 0.78 hectare piece of land in Bukit Batok was
identified for the building of a community hospital
and the Ministry of Health pledged its support with
a capital grant of up to 80% of the approved project
cost, estimated at $13 million. Fund-raising efforts
to raise the remaining $3.8 million began in earnest.