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RafflesMedicalGroup Launches its Hospital Project in Shanghai


18 November 2015, RafflesMedicalGroup inaugurated its RafflesHospital Shanghai project with a foundation stone laying ceremony at 3pm this afternoon.  The ceremony was officiated by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Mr. Lim Hng Kiang (林勋强) and Shanghai Pudong Deputy District Mayor Mrs. Xie Yumin(谢毓敏).


Conceived by the union of two illustrious organizations - Shanghai Lujiazui and RafflesMedicalGroup - RafflesHospital Shanghai is poised to develop as a world-class centre of medical excellence serving the local and expatriate residents, as well as international patients.



RafflesHospital Shanghai will be the first International Standard hospital to be located in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone of the International Business District of the Pudong New.  The New Bund is an emerging business centre in Pudong that has been designated by the Shanghai municipal government as one of six priority development areas in Shanghai’s 12th Five-Year-Plan.  The site is strategically located at the heart of the New Bund, between the two major airports of Shanghai, the Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the Hongqiao International Airport.

The 400-bed international hospital will offer a full complement of specialist services, combined with state-of-the-art medical technology. The hospital will also invest in expertise and technology to develop selected specialties such as Cardiology, Fertility, Oncology and Orthopaedics as its centres of excellence.  Specialist doctors, nurses and healthcare managers will be trained in Singapore to assume positions of clinical and administrative leadership in readiness for the Shanghai hospital as it is being built.


RafflesHospital Shanghai will be built to a gross floor area of about 40,000 sqm, and with a plot ratio of 3.2, on a 12,500 sqm land site.  When completed in 2018, the hospital designed by one of the oldest architectural firms in Singapore, Swan & MacLaren will stand as an iconic and elegant building in the Qiantan area in Pudong. The hospital will be developed based on a podium-and-tower concept, with the podium housing the ambulatory services and the tower, the inpatient services. The design adopts a “Healing with Green” concept that integrates gardens and landscaping as well as environmental sustainable features into the hospital at multi-levels.

RafflesHospital Shanghai will draw on the established expertise, systems and service standards of RafflesMedicalGroup which operates RafflesHospital Singapore and more than 100 medical centres in 13 cities in Asia including Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Osaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Tuy, and Phnom Penh.  The Group’s flagship, RafflesHospital Singapore, is a destination of choice for patients from more than 100 countries, with one third of its patients coming from overseas.  It bears a number of national and international accreditation for its quality systems, including Joint Commission International and ISO 9001:2008.

As with their regional counterparts, the medical staff in RafflesHospital Shanghai will be organised along the lines of a group practice based on a philosophy of team-based approach to integrated medical care.  This model affords a structure of clinical governance and a staff of medical specialists working together as a team and sharing a common commitment to the highest quality of medical practice through integrated care, teaching and research.  The hospital will have a panel of top foreign doctors working together with reputable local Chinese doctors to provide world class quality care for patients. 

RafflesHospital Shanghai will draw on its expertise and clinical resources to develop training and research as pillars for its development as an eminent medical centre.  The Hospital will leverage on the Group’s Raffles Healthcare Institute to provide training for local and foreign healthcare professionals, including accredited training and clinical attachments for local and foreign doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare managers.  

RafflesHospital Shanghai will also make provisions for clinical research including a Clinical Trials Unit to coordinate and support clinicians to conduct clinical trials of the latest, state-of-art medical technology and medicine.  The Clinical Trials Unit offers patients access to cutting edge treatments not yet available in the market, and clinicians a critical basis for innovation in disease treatment.

RafflesHospital Shanghai will serve to help meet the rising need and demand of the local and expatriate community for quality health care.  The spaces and processes in the hospital will be designed around the patients to accord comfort, convenience, safety and privacy.  Systems will be integrated and designed one-stop so as to be seamless and revolving around the patient. The service that patients receive will also be marked by personalised and meticulous care. This quality assurance and reliable healthcare delivered with sensitivity to the unique needs of each patient will be the hallmark of RafflesHospital Shanghai.

“Today, we mark yet another major milestone in our journey towards the establishment of RafflesHospital Shanghai.  With the laying of the foundation stone, we have moved one step closer to bringing the Raffles’ brand of quality, peer-reviewed healthcare to Shanghai, as a proud addition to the City’s infrastructure providing quality healthcare to those who live, work and visit there,” said Dr Loo Choon Yong, Executive Chairman of RafflesMedicalGroup.