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2019

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    Inaugural OneNUHS Tribute Night

    The first combined NUHS Tribute Night was held on 18 January 2019 to recognise NUHS staff across the cluster who have made outstanding contributions to patient care, research or education in our academic health system.  


  • The National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore (NUCOHS) was officially opened by Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong on 5 July 2019. Attended by 200 guests, the event marked a major milestone for the National University Health System (NUHS) as we celebrated the inauguration of our third national centre. 

2018

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    NUHS celebrates its 10th Anniversary

    Joined by our new colleagues from JurongHealth and NUP, NUHS celebrated its 10th Anniversary as one NUHS Family, celebrating past milestones and unveiling a new Vision, Value and Mission. 

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    Keat Hong Family Medicine Clinic Opens in Chua Chu Kang

    In partnership with Keat Hong Family Medicine Clinic, NUHS brings quality and affordable healthcare and specialist-supported services even closer to homes in the west. Residents of Choa Chu Kang and its surrounding neighbourhoods are able to enjoy the convenient access to quality and affordable healthcare services closer to home.

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    NCIS Celebrates 10th Anniversary by collecting 10,125 ribbon pledges

    NCIS broke the Singapore book of Records by collecting 10,125 cancer awareness ribbons in support of those who were lost to cancer, survived cancer and are currently battling cancer. The event, held at Canopy@JLink, was attended by 530 people and provided an opportunity for public education, which includes booths by SCS and National Healthcare Group Diagnostics (NHGD) targeted at promoting early cancer screening.

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    NUHS takes over Alexandra Hospital

    NUHS took over Alexandra Hospital after a successful change of command at midnight on 1 June 2018. Alexandra is a hospital which has been imagined differently with programmes and services that are organized around the needs of the patients, and created according to the types of patients that the hospital will care for. 

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    The 3rd Raffles Dialogue: Human Well-Being and Security

    The 3rd Raffles Dialogue on the Future of Human Well-being and Security: Towards Resilient and Empowered Socieities brought together 260 key opinion leaders from 176 organisations and 36 countries to look at emerging threats and explore strategies to tackle these challenges, and future-proof our societies. Healthcare, business sustainability, threats to humanity and healthy longevity in an interconnected future were examined by leaders across academia, government, healthcare, enterprise and the scientific media to find ways to build societies that are adaptable to change.  The President of the Republic of Singapore, Madam Halimah Yacob, graced the Opening Dinner as the Guest-of-Honour. 

2017

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    First Medical Grand Challenge in 2017

    This cross-faculty, student-led medical innovation programme was launched by the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine to leverage multi-disciplinary knowledge and solutions to create affordable innovations to address unmet healthcare needs. 

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    The new NUHS family

    NUHS, JurongHealth, and the newly created National University Polyclinics came together to form the new National University Health System, dedicated to improving the health of the community by shaping the practice of medicine through the NUS and its health science schools, and transforming care by the seamless integration of healthcare services across primary, secondary, tertiary and national specialty centre care.

  • Moving forward as one NUHS team to provide comprehensive, integrated, seamless health and healthcare

    To effectively integrate 12 institutions as one NUHS, a new set of Vision, Mission and Core Values was unveiled, along with the NUHS Care Plan and Models of Care, to better meet the health and healthcare needs of Singapore. 

2016

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    NUHS first to adopt Value Driven Outcomes methodology

    NUHS became the first healthcare cluster to implement the Value Driven Outcomes methodology. The methodology has since been adopted by the Ministry of Health as a national healthcare strategy for Singapore.

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    Public health research drives national policy

    The NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health's Population Health Metrics and Analytics' projection of one million diabetics in Singapore by 2050 led to the Ministry of Health's unprecedented declaration of a "war on diabetes".

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    Masterplan for innovative, first-of-its-kind Alexandra Campus launched

    NUHS is asked to propose a Masterplan for the development of the Alexandra Campus. This results in a vision for a health-empowering campus blending seamlessly with the community and a site for the development of innovative scalable models of healthcare. NUHS started operating two wards at Alexandra Hospital in June 2017.

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    NUS Alice Lee for Nursing Studies ranked best in Asia

    NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies was ranked best in Asia in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by Subject in 2016 and 2017.

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    Ng Teng Fong General Hospital achieve HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7

    Ng Teng Fong General Hospital became the first in Singapore and ASEAN to achieve HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7, the highest level, validating its advanced patient record environment. 

2015

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    JurongHealth opened by PM Lee

    Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital were officially opened by PM Lee Hsien Loong to provide more healthcare services to Western Singapore.

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    Growing focus on research into precision health and healthy ageing

    In 2015, the NUS Centre for Precision and Personalised Health was established to improve the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. In 2017, the NUHS Centre for Healthy Ageing was established to understand the human ageing process and how to extend the period of healthy life.

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    NUHS institutions mark significant anniversaries

    • The NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies turned 10 in 2015
    • The NUH celebrated its 30th birthday in 2015 
    • The NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine marked its 110th year in 2015

2014

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    New NUH Medical Centre officially opens 

    The NUH Medical Centre is a one-stop integrated ambulatory care centre that provides medical expertise across multiple disciplines for greater convenience to patients.

  • Centre for Health Services and Policy Research to look at Singapore's population health needs

    NUHS started the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research to develop and promote health services research. The centre aims to solve healthcare problems experienced by patients, as well as complex and multi-disciplinary problems in healthcare, so as to improve the healthcare system in Singapore. 

2013

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    National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore (NUCOHS) established

    NUHS received approval to develop NUCOHS to enhance the population's access to basic and specialist oral health care services, advance oral health research, and nurture oral health professionals. 

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    NUHS co-hosts first World Health Summit, Regional Meeting in Asia

    The prestigious global health meeting was organised for the first time outside of Germany in Singapore to address the region's specific health needs.

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    NCIS receives $25 million gift from Yong Loo Lin Trust

    The National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) facility at the NUH Medical Centre was named the Yong Siew Yoon Wing in recognition of the $25 million contribution made by the Yong Loo Lin Trust to NCIS. This gift enabled the creation of Yong Siew Yoon Fellowships for nurses, Visiting Professorships and research studies by NCIS clinicians and clinician-scientists to develop better and more cost effective cancer therapy.

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    First hospital in Singapore accredited as Academic Medical Centre

    NUH became the first Singapore hospital to achieve JCI accreditation as an Academic Medical Centre.

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    Singapore's first public-private Family Medicine Clinic

    NUHS partnered with Frontier Healthcare Group to open a Family Medicine Clinic in Clementi. The public-private partnership adopts a patient-centred medical home approach, and is primary physician-led and team-based. Other NUHS-linked Family Medicine Clinics soon followed in Lakeside and Keat Hong.

2012

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    Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research to tackle emerging disease threats

    The NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health launched the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research to strengthen bio-surveillance systems in order to understand, prevent and mitigate the threats of emerging infectious diseases. 

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    $30 million donation to NUS Medicine to advance education and research

    Prominent Indonesian businessman and philanthropist, Dr Tahir, donated $30 million to the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, enabling the School to advance medical education and research to benefit the people of ASEAN. 

2011

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    NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health opens

    The NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health is the first and only such school in Singapore to train future leaders in public health, intensify research in non-communicable diseases and health services, and develop population strategies to prevent infectious diseases.

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    NUS Medicine and Nursing ranked best in Asia

    Since clinching the top spot in 2011, the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has consistently been ranked among Asia's top medical schools.

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    NUH achieve firsts in international Electronic Medical Records standards

    NUH became one of four Singapore hospitals and among the first public healthcare institutions in the Asia Pacific to receive the HIMSS Stage 6 Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model award. 

2010

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    Historic double organ transplants at NUH

    The National University Centre for Organ Transplant (NUCOT) made medical history in 2010 with a successful combined liver and kidney transplant. In 2012, NUCOT carried out Singapore's first successful simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant. 

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    Collaboration with Harvard and Cambridge to further medical education and research

    NUHS links up with Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, USA and Cambridge University, UK to work together on education, joint research, student and faculty exchange.

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    Khoo Family gift to advance medical care, education, and research for children

    The family of the late Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat pledges $50 million in 2010 to NUHS, leading to the establishment of the Khoo Teck Puat-National University Children's Medical Institute (KTP-NUCMI), which provides comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents across a full range of specialties.

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    NUHS - First outside US to be recognised for residency training

    The NUHS Residency Programme became the first outside the US to be accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education-International for post-graduate medical training.

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    Wong Hock Boon Society established to nurture future clinician-scientists

    The NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine launched the Society to nurture early research interest among medical undergraduate students, and to train future clinician-scientists and clinical investigators.

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    NEMO helps prevent kidney failure

    A team from NUH and NHG Polyclinics started the Nephrology Evaluation Management and Optimisation (NEMO) Programme in 2011. NEMO has effectively reduced the progression rate of diabetic kidney disease in Singapore - the leading cause for end stage kidney failure.

  • ​NUH wins National Infocomm Award

    NUH's Closed-Loop Inpatient Medication Management System won the National Infocomm Award for the most innovative use of infocomm technology in the public sector.

2009

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    Evidence-based nursing care at NUH

    NUH opened the first and only Joanna Briggs Institute nursing centre in Singapore in 2009, in collaboration with the NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies.

  • Award-winning NUH innovations

    NUH clinched the Most Outstanding Project and Excellence Awards at the Asian Hospital Management Awards, winning them again in 2010 and 2011. 

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    NCIS provides cancer services to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Jurong Health Services

    The National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), formalised a 15-year contract with Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) to provide radiation oncology services to TTSH patients. In 2015, NCIS and Jurong Health Services developed the "JurongHealth-NCIS Cancer Service" to serve cancer patients in Western Singapore.

2008

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    National University Health System is formed 

    Singapore's first academic health system, National University Health System (NUHS), is formed on 23 January 2008 and comprises National University Hospital, NUS School of Medicine and NUS Faculty of Dentistry, with Professor Tan Chorh Chuan as its first Chief Executive. 

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    National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS)

    NCIS is the only public cancer centre in Singapore treating all paediatric and adult cancers.

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    National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS)

    NUHCS is a key centre for the treatment and management of complex cardiovascular diseases to meet the needs of the growing number of patients with heart disease.

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    PM Lee breaks ground for Centre for Translational Medicine

    PM Lee Hsien Loong officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new flagship building of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, housing key biomedical research and medical education facilities including:

    • Clinical Imaging Research Centre
    • Cancer Science Institute
    • Investigational Medicine Unit
    • Cardiovascular Research Institute
    • Clinical Nutrition Research Centre
    • Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Laboratory 
    • Centre for Healthcare Simulation
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    Western polyclinics amongst first to achieve international accreditation

    Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi and Jurong Polyclinics, together with other Polyclinics belonging to the National Healthcare Group, were the first primary healthcare providers outside of the US to achieve JCI accreditation.

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    Neighbourhood Health Service reaches out to the community

    Students from the NUS School of Medicine and NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies established the annual Neighbourhood Health Service in 2008 to offer free health screening to residents living in Housing and Development Board rental flats. 

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    Formation of JurongHealth masterplanning team 

    The pioneer team of Jurong Health Services moved into Alexandra Hospital in 2009 to begin planning for Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital.