The history of Mount Alvernia Hospital began in 1949 with the arrival of Sister Mary Angela McBrien, Sister Mary Camillus Walsh and Sister Mary Baptista Hennessy. Back then, public hospitals were overcrowded and understaffed. The nuns from the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) who worked at the hospital felt that more could be done to bridge the gap.
So pooling their savings and salaries, the FMDM Sisters started a core fund and canvassed for donations. Many generous individuals and companies responded to the call and eventually, enough was collected to build a new hospital. The hospital was officially opened on March 4, 1961 with 60 beds.
Today, the hospital is a 303-bed general acute care medical institution; with tertiary medical capabilities and two multi-disciplinary medical specialist centres. The hospital is supported by over 1,200 accredited doctors, with about 130 specialists doctors located on the campus. As the hospital develops, more medical suites will be built and the pool of doctors is expected to grow.
An exempt charity, the hospital’s annual surplus goes into developing and upgrading the hospital, supporting the Assisi Hospice and community outreach activities.
An outreach service of the hospital, the Assisi Hospice was established in 1969 commitment to provide holistic care for those with life-threatening illnesses in an atmosphere of warmth and compassion. The hospice provides three kinds of services which includes in-patient care, home care and day care.
Besides caring for patients, the hospital has an active community outreach programme to bring health screening to grassroots. Since 2009, the programme has reached out to more than 25,000 people through mass health screenings and health talks through partnerships with People’s Association, Singapore Heart Foundation, churches and other religious organisations.
To complete our care model, we provide Clinical Pastoral Care (CPC) for our patients and their families. As the only private hospital in Singapore to provide this service, our Pastoral Carers provides emotional and spiritual support by listening to our patients, talking to them and in the process, finding out more about the patient as a person.
The hospital is part of the FMDM global network spanning Singapore, Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe; reaching out to the sick, poor and marginalized through education, nursing, pastoral care, counselling, and prison and parish ministry.