Kahler Slater served as the international medical planner and lead designer for Yishun Community Hospital (YCH) and Geriatric Education and Research Institute (GERI) in Singapore, whose goal is to transform elder care through world-renowned rehabilitative and geriatric patient care, education and research. YCH and GERI will be housed together in a 428-bed, multi-building high-rise complex inspired by the traditional Malay village or Kampong, creating a close relationship with the surrounding tropical environment.
The new YCH will provide sub-acute, rehabilitation, palliative and dementia care as part of the larger KTPH acute care hospital campus. The design for the complex enables efficient, Lean, safe, intuitive movement between acute care "Fast Medicine" and community hospital "Slow Medicine" services. Kahler Slater helped YCH create a stimulating patient experience based on the Functional Optimization Focus on Independent Living (FOIL) model, preparing residents for independence in simple daily activities and a return home when possible. The unique themed spaces, "home, community, neighborhood, and village", help residents easily navigate the large scale environment. Special features are provided for patient and family comfort, including the multi-level Living Garden, lounge and dining with sky garden areas and views to Yishun Pond.
As a premier national institute, GERI collaborates with diverse health professionals to conduct research into health policy and clinical services strategies to improve care for the elderly, testing novel models of care to improve transitional care and community care. GERI develops, coordinates and implements curriculum and initiatives to strengthen geriatric education and research to optimize active aging.
The innovative bottom-up and bottom-down concurrent construction method employed allowed the YCH construction team to slash four months off its construction schedule and open December 2015.