About Mount Alvernia Hospital's 60th Anniversary

2021 is a very special year for Mount Alvernia Hospital, as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. From caring for the chronically ill and palliative patients, Mount Alvernia Hospital evolved to provide holistic and quality healthcare, touching many hearts and lives.

Today, Mount Alvernia Hospital has also grown to meet the increasing demand of healthcare services by the community. Being Singapore’s only Catholic mission hospital, we also actively engage in outreach activities to bring care directly to those in need amid our long history of caring for the underprivileged. And we are committed to continue this legacy of care handed to us by the FMDM sisters in the years ahead.

The anniversary tagline, "Serving all with Love" reflects the wisdom and inspiration of our founding FMDM sisters, which Mount Alvernia Hospital embraces and perpetuates daily. More significantly, it expresses Mount Alvernia Hospital’s commitment in providing holistic healthcare, raising the quality of care, and serving patients with love – 60 years and beyond.

About our 60th Anniversary Logo

The graphic outlines Mount Alvernia Hospital’s first building in Singapore. The use of handwritten fonts and graphics of nature add warmth and nostalgia to the anniversary logo. The five doves circling the logo represents Mount Alvernia Hospital’s fundamental values of Compassion, Humility, Integrity, Respect and Peace.

Their strategic arrangement in a circular formation also suggests the synergy between these values, and how they together enable our people to go the extra mile for one another, patients, their families, and the underserved in the community.

The anniversary tagline, "Serving all with Love" reflects the wisdom and inspiration of our founding FMDM sisters, which Mount Alvernia Hospital embraces and perpetuates daily. More significantly, it expresses Mount Alvernia Hospital’s commitment in providing holistic healthcare, raising the quality of care, and serving patients with love – 60 years and beyond.

Our MAH Story

Serving all with Love for 60 Years


Our Heritage Story

The hospital takes its name from La Verna, a mountain in Italy, where St Francis of Assisi was believed to have received the Stigmata (an imprint of the five wounds of Christ). He led a life of radical simplicity and joy, sharing God’s love for all people and all creation by loving and honouring each and every person he met, from lepers to sultans and popes to the ordinary townspeople.

Mount Alvernia Hospital today reflects the wisdom and inspiration of our founding FMDM Sisters and those who contributed to our organisation. The hospital remains wholly owned by the FMDM congregation. The leadership team in the United Kingdom ensures that our hospital is compliant with governance guidelines and exercises responsible stewardship.

Read about MAH History

Mission

Mount Alvernia Hospital shares in the worldwide mission of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM), providing compassionate, excellent and holistic healthcare.

The countries that the FMDM Sisters have impacted include Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa, Australia, China, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia and the Middle East.

Milestones

1961

On 4 March, Mount Alvernia Hospital started as a 60-bed hospital entirely staffed by the FMDM Sisters who were trained nurses. The first baby was delivered at the hospital on 12 March 1961.


1971

Three extensions of the building had been added and were officially opened by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.


1996-1997

Medical Centre A was opened, adding medical suites, operating theatres, delivery suites, an endoscopy centre and rehabilitation centre to the hospital.

More medical suites were added with the completion of Medical Centre B.

The total number of hospital beds was increased to 303.


2009-2010

A hospital-wide community outreach programme was officially launched to bring health screening services to the poor and needy.


Alvernia Parentcraft Centre was launched as a dedicated one-stop centre for antenatal care, childbirth education and newborn care.


2013

Emeritus Archbishop Nicholas Chia officially opened our newly- renovated Chapel.


We expanded our magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services for prostate, breast and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) with the new 3 Tesla MRI digital scanner with Ambient Experience.


2015

The opening of St Dominic medical and surgical wards and St Michael maternity wards provided additional bed capacity to reduce waiting time and increased inpatient admissions.


We officially opened our first outreach medical clinic at the Enabling Village located at Redhill to provide healthcare services to people with disabilities and the underserved in the community.


Our third endoscopy room became fully operational to cater to emergent endoscopic assessments and treatment planning for patients.


2018

Our Alvernia Endoscopy Centre was redesigned into a one-stop service facility with a minor operating theatre so that patients can undergo colonoscopy and follow up with other minor surgeries within the same premises.


Our electronic medical records system, christened HealthAngel went ‘live’. HealthAngel will enhance hospital operations and integrate into the national healthcare network.


2021

We celebrate our 60th Anniversary.


1965

The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew officially opened a new five-storey wing, which brought the total number of hospital beds to 127.


1985

The Clinical Pastoral Care Department was established as part of holistic care to support patients and their relatives.


2004

The Day Surgery Centre and the 24-hour Walk-in Clinic and Emergency Services were opened and ready to serve the public.


2011

The Mammography Screening Centre was launched.


2014

Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health and Archbishop William Goh, officially opened Medical Centre D. The number of on-campus specialist clinics was increased to 89.


2016-2017

Our Laboratory Services were redeveloped and expanded to provide increased capabilities and procedures based on the most contemporary medical laboratory methodologies and systems. These changes enabled rapid turnaround times, a 24/7 service, a comprehensive and expanding menu of tests and quality results.


Our second outreach clinic comprising medical and dental services opened at Agape Village in Toa Payoh.


We successfully transited from ISO 2008 standards to ISO 2015 standards hospital-wide.


2019-2020

We are the first private hospital to partner Community Chest to raise awareness and rally support for the Rare Disease Fund.


Announced our partnership with Icon Cancer Centre to build a new integrated cancer facility at the hospital premises offering services like haematology and radiation oncology.


Partnership with Prudential – allowing patients to enjoy the convenience of cashless medical service.


Added new wing to St Francis Ward with two sets of two-bedders and 4-bedders – bringing our bed count up to 319.


We began construction of a new maternity and paediatrics centre. The centre will be ready in 2022.


1961

On 4 March, Mount Alvernia Hospital started as a 60-bed hospital entirely staffed by the FMDM Sisters who were trained nurses. The first baby was delivered at the hospital on 12 March 1961.


1965

The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew officially opened a new five-storey wing, which brought the total number of hospital beds to 127.


1971

Three extensions of the building had been added and were officially opened by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.


1985

The Clinical Pastoral Care Department was established as part of holistic care to support patients and their relatives.


1996-1997

Medical Centre A was opened, adding medical suites, operating theatres, delivery suites, an endoscopy centre and rehabilitation centre to the hospital.

More medical suites were added with the completion of Medical Centre B.

The total number of hospital beds was increased to 303.


2004

The Day Surgery Centre and the 24-hour Walk-in Clinic and Emergency Services were opened and ready to serve the public.


2009-2010

A hospital-wide community outreach programme was officially launched to bring health screening services to the poor and needy.


Alvernia Parentcraft Centre was launched as a dedicated one-stop centre for antenatal care, childbirth education and newborn care.


2011

The Mammography Screening Centre was launched.


2013

Emeritus Archbishop Nicholas Chia officially opened our newly- renovated Chapel.


We expanded our magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services for prostate, breast and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) with the new 3 Tesla MRI digital scanner with Ambient Experience.


2014

Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health and Archbishop William Goh, officially opened Medical Centre D. The number of on-campus specialist clinics was increased to 89.


2015

The opening of St Dominic medical and surgical wards and St Michael maternity wards provided additional bed capacity to reduce waiting time and increased inpatient admissions.


We officially opened our first outreach medical clinic at the Enabling Village located at Redhill to provide healthcare services to people with disabilities and the underserved in the community.


Our third endoscopy room became fully operational to cater to emergent endoscopic assessments and treatment planning for patients.


2016-2017

Our Laboratory Services were redeveloped and expanded to provide increased capabilities and procedures based on the most contemporary medical laboratory methodologies and systems. These changes enabled rapid turnaround times, a 24/7 service, a comprehensive and expanding menu of tests and quality results.


Our second outreach clinic comprising medical and dental services opened at Agape Village in Toa Payoh.


We successfully transited from ISO 2008 standards to ISO 2015 standards hospital-wide.


2018

Our Alvernia Endoscopy Centre was redesigned into a one-stop service facility with a minor operating theatre so that patients can undergo colonoscopy and follow up with other minor surgeries within the same premises.


Our electronic medical records system, christened HealthAngel went ‘live’. HealthAngel will enhance hospital operations and integrate into the national healthcare network.


2019-2020

We are the first private hospital to partner Community Chest to raise awareness and rally support for the Rare Disease Fund.


Announced our partnership with Icon Cancer Centre to build a new integrated cancer facility at the hospital premises offering services like haematology and radiation oncology.


Partnership with Prudential – allowing patients to enjoy the convenience of cashless medical service.


Added new wing to St Francis Ward with two sets of two-bedders and 4-bedders – bringing our bed count up to 319.


We began construction of a new maternity and paediatrics centre. The centre will be ready in 2022.


2021

We celebrate our 60th Anniversary.


Our 60 Years and Beyond

New Hospital Developments


01.

New Maternity and Paediatrics Centre

Mount Alvernia Hospital held the groundbreaking ceremony on 6 September 2019 for its new maternity and paediatrics centre, on the site of the former Assisi Hospice. Targeted for completion in 2022, this 10-storey facility will house a maternity and paediatric wards, delivery suites, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), allied health and ancillary hospital services. It will be connected to the main hospital building via a link bridge. The new development positioned us for the future, equipping us to meet the needs of Singaporeans in the years ahead.

Embodying the spirit of St Francis of Assisi, our patron saint’s deep respect for the environment, the new facility has been designed with sustainability features that meet the highest certified Platinum rating standard under the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Scheme. Some of the green features of this new facility include a communal terrace with greenery that provides a healing environment, a well-designed ventilation system to improve air quality, and the use of environmentally-friendly products in the interior fit-out. In addition, the centre will incorporate energy and water-saving features, and special parking lots for electric and e-hybrid cars with charging stations.

Come 2022, we look forward to serving more patients with love at our new maternity and paediatrics facility.

02.

Integrated Cancer Centre

Mount Alvernia Hospital and Icon Cancer Centre, a well-established cancer care provider in Singapore, are collaborating to build and manage a new state-of-the-art integrated cancer centre on campus. Building of the cancer facility has commenced, with services set to be open for cancer patients in 2022. The integrated cancer centre will provide a holistic approach to cancer care by bringing together medical oncology, haematology and radiation oncology for Singaporeans in need of best-practice treatment.

Taking a holistic approach to cancer care, the upcoming facility will offer:

  • a 10-chair day oncology hospital delivering chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy;
  • a radiation therapy centre with the latest Linear Accelerator and capacity for a second machine;
  • on-site PET-CT;
  • pathology; and
  • pharmacy services.

Mount Alvernia Hospital and Icon share the same patient-centered values, utilising the latest technologies and expert medical specialist teams to deliver the full continuum of care at the time when patients need it most. The integrated cancer centre will open its doors to patients in 2022.

03.

Our new Alvernia Outreach Clinic

Watch this space for more details!

Giving

Our Campaign Story

CNY is around the corner with gifting and various festivities. It is a season filled with joy and reunion with families and loved ones. Before we get caught up with the hustle and bustle of the season, let us not forget the disadvantaged communities around us.

Share your blessings by donating red packets of $60 or more to vulnerable families, neighbours in our midst who need our cheer and support.

Be part of the MAH ‘NIU’ Year Blessings! initiative by Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH) and the Community Chest to raise funds to support these selected social impact programmes:

  • Family Journey Programme by Care Corner & Project Family by Fei Yue targeted at transnational and early marriages,
  • Big Love by Montfort Care who provides child-centric, family-focused and community-based support.

Moo-ve with your heartbeat, grab the Year of the Ox by the horns and organise a bull-run with your family and friends. Rise up to the occasion and let’s give the gift of joy to fellow neighbours who need an extra helping hand. Join us for this ox-some cause and extend simple acts of kindness and generosity, and a little gift of hope to those who need it most!

MAH ‘NIU’ Year Blessings! is part of Mount Alvernia Hospital’s year-long celebration as we mark 60th Anniversary of SERVING ALL WITH LOVE!


Supporting Charities

About the Charities

Care Corner Singapore Ltd
Founded in 1981 with a vision to bring care to every corner in Singapore, Care Corner hopes to build and promote the well-being of individuals and families in the community through social and healthcare services. With 38 service points island-wide, Care Corner serves disadvantaged children, youths at risk, families in need and vulnerable seniors through an extensive network of social services.

MAH ‘NIU’ Year Blessings! seeks to support their Family Journey Programme (FJP). Targeted at couples in transnational marriages, FJP runs programmes that helps them address challenges arising from cultural differences in their relationships. More critically, support is extended to help these couples overcome financial difficulties, gain access to low cost medical services, integrate foreign spouses into the local community, and provide them with the necessary social resources to maintain stability in their marriages.


Fei Yue Community Services
As one of the pioneers in counselling services, Fei Yue’s mission is to effect life transformation through the provision of quality social services. Exemplified in their values of Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation and Learning, and Thoughtfulness, the organisation believes in uplifting individuals through their programmes by being intentional, purposeful and systematic in delivering services.

Fei Yue’s Project FAMILY aims to provide marital support services for transnational couples. Working together with community partners and volunteers, they conduct workshops and social activities to help connect and build social support for the couples. With the funds raised, Mount Alvernia Hospital hopes to support the couples to transit into parenthood, promote family building and provide a safe environment for their children.


Montfort Care
A member organisation of NCSS and Caritas Singapore, Montfort Care is a network of programmes committed to improving the lives of individuals, families and the community facing transitional challenges.

Montfort Care’s Big Love was established in 2013 with the belief in providing child-centric, family-focused and community-based support. Their programmes are specially created to care for families with Child Protection concerns and to enable families to improve functioning and build resilience. Mount Alvernia Hospital aims to rally behind Big Love’s philosophy in caring and bringing hope to vulnerable children and families. Let’s join them as described in their values to "Dare To Be Different" to make a difference, "Chiong" to overcome limitations and drive to make things happen, "Work Together" to co-create sustainable solutions.