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$50 million gift from the Estate of Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat a significant boost for paediatric care, education and research at NUHS and NUS

16 November 2010



GENEROUS GIFT FROM THE ESTATE OF TAN SRI KHOO TECK PUAT: It will enable the University Children's Medical Institute of NUHS to bring its programmes in paediatric care, education and research to new heights of excellence

The Estate of Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat made a $50 million gift to the National University Health System (NUHS) and NUS. The gift, announced by Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew at the opening of the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on 15 November 2010, will substantially advance paediatric education, research and patient care in Singapore. It will enable the University Children's Medical Institute (UCMI) of NUHS to bring its programmes in these areas to new heights of excellence.

Explaining the objective of the gift, the trustee of the Estate, Ms Mavis Khoo said: "My late father believed passionately in medical research, education and healthcare, and how it makes a real difference to the lives of people. With this gift, we are hopeful of the meaningful benefits it will bring to children in Singapore and around the world."

In honour of the late Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat, the UCMI will be renamed the Khoo Teck Puat-National University Children's Medical Institute.

Expressing his gratitude on behalf of the UCMI and the NUHS, Chief Executive Associate Prof Ben Ong said: "We are deeply grateful to the trustees of the Estate of Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat for this tremendous gift. Just as their gift in 2008 enabled the establishment of the Advanced Surgery Training Centre at the NUH and transformed the way we teach and train surgeons in complex procedures, this very meaningful gift to the University Children's Medical Institute will allow us to make an even more substantial difference in the lives of our young patients."

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: "Paediatric medicine, research and education continue to be a true peak of excellence in NUHS and NUS, building on the legacies of great leaders such as the legendary Professor Wong Hock Boon. The current team of paediatricians, staff and researchers in UCMI have distinguished themselves through their single-minded dedication to serving patients well and advancing the boundaries of excellence through their research and education.

"This generous gift will greatly extend and amplify the outstanding work that they are doing, for which we owe a deep debt of gratitude to the trustees of the Estate of the late Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat. This will not only transform the lives of sick children and their families, but contribute to the shaping of paediatric medicine for the future."


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