Turning the first sod. From L to R: Ms Serena Wee (Icon), Dr Tan Yew Oo (Icon), Dr Karmen Wong (Icon), Mr Ho Tian Yee (MAH), Sister Elizabeth Lim (MAH), Mr Paul Beh (MAH) and Dr James Lam (MAH). Photo: Mount Alvernia Hospital

Michelle Tan

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new cancer centre at Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH) took place on 3 November 2020. The Integrated Oncology Services Centre (IOSC), to be built and managed by Icon Cancer Centre (Icon), in partnership with MAH, is set to open in 2022. It will offer a full range of medical oncology, haematology and radiation oncology services, allowing MAH to better serve the needs of the community in need of cancer care, all under one roof.

With these combined services, IOSC will have the capacity to treat cancer patients who require concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Among the guests who attended the groundbreaking ceremony were MAH’s CEO Dr James Lam, Icon’s CEO Ms Serena Wee and Sister Elizabeth Lim, FMDM, a member of MAH’s Board of Directors. Rev Father Clement Lee was present to conduct the rites of blessing and bless the land on which IOSC is to stand.

In his speech, Dr Lam said, “Today’s event is significant not only because we are breaking ground on-site, but we are also starting the journey of co-creating the future care for our patients, which will allow us to continue to serve even more patients with love on this site. It builds on a rich legacy and our commitment to serve with love and respect for each patient seeking our services. This also helps to position us for the future and meet the needs of our patients and Singaporeans in the years ahead.”