Ren Ci plans to increase hospital bed capacity by 60%

Ren Ci Hospital plans to increase its total bed capacity by 60 per cent over the next two years, the organisation announced on Friday at a charity gala dinner attended by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

Here is the full statement from Ren Ci Hospital:

Ren Ci Hospital's total bed capacity is expected to increase by more than 60% over the next two years to meet the rising care needs of Singapore's ageing community.

Ren Ci Hospital currently manages a total of 502 beds across its three facilities: a nursing home in Moulmein, a long-term care facility in Buangkok, and a community hospital next to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. By 2015, this number will increase to 811.

Ren Ci Hospital's Chairman Mr Chua Thian Poh shared the expansion plans in his speech to some close to 600 guests at the "Friends' Tribute to Ren Ci" Charity Dinner held on 22 March at the Orchid Country Club.

"By June this year, Singapore Christian Home will return four wards that they have been leasing from Ren Ci at our Moulmein Nursing Home site. After carrying out renovation works, these wards will add some 90 beds to our existing Nursing Home," said Mr Chua.

He added, "In view of the rising demand for community hospital beds, we are also planning to increase the number of beds in Ren Ci Community Hospital by converting the existing office space on Level 5, 14 and Level 15 into hospital wards. This will add another 130 beds to the Community Hospital building."

Meanwhile, Ren Ci is also in the midst of preparing for a new 265-bedded nursing home beds at Bukit Batok St 52. The new nursing home is expected to commence operation by early 2015.

Besides increasing bed capacity, Ren Ci Hospital is also working on expanding its range of care services for the community.

A new Day Rehabilitation Centre service will be introduced at its community hospital from April to provide continual care to discharged patients so that they can better reintegrate back to the community.

The charity event graced by Guest-of-honour, Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong, successfully raised $1.15 million to help Ren Ci's needy sick and frail seniors in the community.