18 Jul 2013
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Academia, an iconic landmark on SGH Campus, houses SGH’s Pathology services as well as SingHealth’s research laboratories, education and training facilities. The new building offers a more conducive environment for greater synergies in pathology, medical research and education to raise the benchmarks for better healthcare. Located within the vicinity of the clinical services at SGH Campus and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, the Academia is a key milestone in academic medicine with a vibrant environment for networking and professional collaborations to advance diagnosis, treatment and innovative care for patients.
Twin Towers – Diagnostics and Discovery
The tower within Academia housing SGH Pathology, called Diagnostics, will be 75% larger than the current Pathology Department premises. It will integrate the latest technology into laboratory processes to further enhance test and diagnostic accuracy and reliability, translating into faster test results for patients.
The other tower, called Discovery, will house SingHealth research and education facilities. It aims to reinvent education for healthcare professionals by encouraging team-based learning in simulated environments such as wet surgical skills laboratories. The new research infrastructure will complement the existing research facilities at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and leverage on the School’s basic research capabilities to support translational medicine and clinical trials on SGH campus.
With both the “software” and “hardware” capabilities in research, education and clinical in place, SingHealth is poised to meet Singapore’s future healthcare needs and define tomorrow’s medicine.
Fact Sheet on The Academia
Academia will house research, education and pathology services – to reflect SingHealth’s 3 pillars.
Features of The Academia
- 13-storey twin towers – Diagnostics and Discovery
- Located on College Road within SGH campus, site chosen for strategic location between SGH and the national specialty centres and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
- 75,000 sqm in gross floor area
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Diagnostics – SGH Pathology
- Approximately 30% of Academia is dedicated for SGH Pathology Department
- SGH’s 106 year old Department of Pathology, widely recognised as a distinguished centre of pathology services in Asia will be housed in the new building
- 75% larger than current Pathology Department premises, which was built in 1958
- 50% larger in capacity for pathology services
- The building will have built-in sample delivery systems that speed up transportation of specimens to the lab, translating to faster test results for patients
Discovery - SingHealth Research & Education facilities
- Academia will also house SingHealth research laboratories and state-of-the-art core facilities, as well as education and training facilities
- The building will have conferencing capacity for up to 900 pax, including a 490-seat auditorium
- It will house clinical skills and simulation facilities including wet surgical skills laboratories
- The expanded training facilities are expected to provide 26,000 training places for staff and up to 9,500 training places for external organisations
- Sharpening surgical skills (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 22)
- Studying movement and pain (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 21)
- Training staff in real-life scenarios (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 20)
- Working with bacteria (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 17)
- Helping patients to see better (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 19)
- Fighting diseases (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 18)
- From bench to bedside (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 19)
- Pushing forth the boundaries (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 15)
- Peering through the microscope (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 18)
- It’s all for the patients (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 16)
- Mini hospital for doctors (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 20)
- Key diagnostic hub in laboratory work (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 16 - 17)
- Medical ‘twin towers’ (The Sunday Times, 28 July 2013, Pg 19)