Kahler Slater led the design and hospital planning for the new Integrated Care Hub (ICH) in the Health City at Novena Campus in Singapore. The new 875,000 square foot ICH project includes 635 tertiary rehabilitation, slow stream rehabilitation, sub-acute care and Dover Park hospice inpatient beds in a new 22 story building. The Specialty Surgical Training Center providing medical education simulation and parking for 540 cars are also included.
The goal of the new hospital is to become a world class healthcare environment for severely physically challenged patients with traumatic brain injury, amputation, stroke, orthopedic needs, memory loss or terminal illness, as well as geriatric patients. Kahler Slater partnered with the hospital’s clinical operations leadership to help develop an innovative model of care based on Functional Optimization towards Independent Living (FOIL). The entire new hospital is designed to incent patients to get up, get out of their beds and make progress on their recovery journey with the goal of returning home as fully recovered as possible.
The ICH provides for periods of recovery and convalescence within a healing and supportive environment. Comfortable and vibrant public spaces, a focus on environmental continuity and durability, a clear wayfinding and signage strategy and multi-functional spaces to promote culture, learning and health are all addressed in the planning and design of the new hospital. A sky bridge will connect ICH to the main Tan Tock Seng Hospital building so patients can be easily moved between facilities.
Designed to be built over existing and active Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train tunnels, complex structural analysis and transfer trusses ensure the tunnels will not move up or down more than 25 millimeters as a result of the ICH construction, allowing the trains to remain fully functional during construction. The new Integrated Care Hub will open in 2022.
Project done in partnership with local Singapore architect, CIAP.
“…The new ICH will serve patients with higher intensity functional impairments and more complex rehabilitation needs, to help them regain sufficient mobility and confidence to cope with their daily lives.”
Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health, Singapore