National University Hospital
Medical Center and Cancer Institute of Singapore

Transforming clinical care, teaching and research in a world-class ambulatory care setting

Singapore

Kahler Slater worked with National University Hospital in Singapore to design a new world-class healing, learning and teaching experience for cancer and ambulatory care that integrates excellent clinical care, translational research and superior medical instruction to support their vision, “Shaping Medicine for the Future.” Kahler Slater’s Singapore office designed the new, 20-story, 775,000 SF Medical Center complex.

The project houses the National University Cancer Institute of Singapore (NCIS), eight specialist outpatient clinics and surgery suites, as well as teaching and research programs. As a prominent academic medical center, a major influence on the design was the teaching and educational experience. Core to the project was a complete re-imagining of the undergraduate medical student learning experience and a redesign of the curriculum. Kahler Slater led the redesign with benchmarking trips to other academic medical centers in South Korea, Taipei and the United States. The team conducted visioning workshops and focus groups with NUH students, faculty and administration. Four weeks of observational research and rapid prototyping led to a strong understanding of the existing clinical experiences and testing of innovative new operational and environmental ideas.

New consult rooms are designed for two medical students per room to observe doctor/patient care and interaction directly from the doctor's perspective – which most closely replicates the actual clinical experience they will have as doctors. Centralized technology rich "teaching hubs" were created to allow students and faculty to learn together and debrief cases privately. This world-class, patient-centered environment includes a light-filled atrium, sky gardens, pocket parks and retail spaces, providing amenities for patients and the general public. Kahler Slater partnered with local architect CIAP on this project.

NUH Medical Center received BCA Green Mark Platinum Award in 2013.

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