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Office of Corporate Communications
U.S. Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
International Media Contact:  Emilio Williams
November 10, 2004


The Johns Hopkins-National University Hospital (NUH) International Medical Centre (JH-NUH IMC), currently located at the NUH, will be relocated to Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore in order to facilitate the growth of JH-NUH IMC. The relocation of the new facility, called the Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre. is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2005.

JH-NUH IMC opened in October 2000 as a private medical center to bring advanced oncology service to Singapore and to support Singapore’s drive to become a major regional medical hub.  JH-NUH IMC is a member of the National Healthcare Group (NHG).  It combines NHG institutions’ excellence in patient care, education and research with Johns Hopkins management and clinical standards, to offer local and foreign patients the latest in cancer care and research.  

Since its inception, JH-NUH IMC has experienced almost 30 percent annual growth in patient load, primarily due to the rise in the number of foreign patients, who comprise nearly 80 percent of overall patient activity.  These patients come from countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. 

Because of this rapid growth, JH-NUH IMC has outgrown its premises in NUH, necessitating the move to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital. At the new location, the Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Center will be licensed and operate as a separate private health care facility.  The relationship between the new center and the Tan Tock Seng Hospital will ensure that holistic and seamless treatment and services are provided for patients who require multidisciplinary care. 

About the National Healthcare Group:

The National Healthcare Group (NHG) manages:

Four hospitals - Alexandra Hospital, National University Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the Institute of Mental Health/Woodbridge Hospital;

The Johns Hopkins-NUH International Medical Centre; one National Centre - National Skin Centre;

The NHGP chain of nine polyclinics - Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi, Hougang, Jurong, Toa Payoh, Woodlands, Yishun;

Three specialty institutes - The Cancer Institute, The Eye Institute and The Heart Institute; and

Five Business Divisions - NHG College, NHG Diagnostics, NHG Gulf, NHG Pharmacy and NetCare Internet Services.

Johns Hopkins and the National University Hospital have developed a state-of-the-art oncology unit in Singapore. Johns Hopkins - NUH International Medical Centre, which is a member of the National Healthcare Group, offers its patients access to the services of Johns Hopkins in a geographically convenient location. 

Johns Hopkins-NUH International Medical Centre draws from the excellence of Johns Hopkins and the National Healthcare Group in patient care, education and research to offer patients oncology services of the highest standards.

JH-NUH IMC operates as a private hospital within the National University Hospital (soon to be moved to Tan Tock Seng Hospital) offering its local and international patients the latest cancer care and research under the management and standards of Johns Hopkins.

The team of Johns Hopkins-trained oncologists and nurses provides high-quality health care to patients battling cancer in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Physicians from Johns Hopkins and NHG also collaborate on joint research to advance medical care and to train tomorrow’s leaders in medicine.

The center recently became the first private hospital in Singapore to achieve Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation in September 2004.

The Cancer Institute offers comprehensive cancer-management programs ranging from cancer prevention to recovery and long-term health maintenance. By integrating the various cancer services and fields of expertise in NHG institutions, TCI provides seamless and coordinated health care.

Currently, TCI's services are available at Alexandra Hospital, National University Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and NHG Polyclinics. There is also collaboration with general practitioners, clinical trial groups, hospices and cancer support groups to ensure patients receive full continuum of care.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital was established in 1844 through the generosity of Mr Tan Tock Seng and other 19th century local philanthropists to provide proper medical care to the sick poor.  In 2001, the National Heritage Board listed TTSH as a historic institution.  This honor is for its role in providing health care, developing medical services and training of local health care professionals.

Today, TTSH is Singapore's second largest hospital, with over 1,400 beds. It encompasses the main hospital complex at Jalan Tan Tock Seng and three other campuses: the Communicable Disease Centre (CDC) 1 and 2 and the TTSH Rehabilitation Centre at Ang Mo Kio Hospital.

TTSH is an acute care general hospital with 17 clinical disciplines. Of these, TTSH's distinctive strengths are in geriatric medicine, infectious diseases, rehabilitation medicine, respiratory medicine and rheumatology, allergy and immunology.  It is also a major referral center for emergency medicine, diagnostic radiology, ophthalmology (eye), otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), orthopaedic surgery, general medicine and general surgery.

The National University Hospital (NUH) is a 928-bed acute-care, tertiary hospital with 21 clinical, 3 dental and 6 paramedical departments, as well as 29 specialist outpatient clinics (including 5 satellite outpatient clinics) and 20 specialized service centers.  Started in 1985 as the first government-owned restructured hospital, it focuses on patient care, research and education.  NUH is committed to providing personalized, cost-effective, specialized patient care within the environment of intensive research and excellent medical education.

As Singapore’s only university hospital, NUH actively supports clinical teaching for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate training for specialist doctors. The hospital also collaborates with and serves as a clinical and research base for the medical and dental faculties of the National University of Singapore (NUS).


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