St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital (SAMH) and Singapore Anglican Community Services (SACS), community service arms of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore, are pioneering providers of the health and social care services in Singapore.
With a “commitment to serve” guiding their mission, the services of SAMH and SACS have evolved from caring for women to children, to orthopaedic care, elderly care, autism services, psychiatric care and counselling. Today, SAMH and SACS together provide integrated social and health services for over 20,000 people annually.
The Anglican Church of Singapore has sought the welfare of the community since its inception as a Diocese in 1909.
Throughout its history, the heart of its ministry has been geared towards providing holistic care for people, through meeting their spiritual, physical and psychological needs.
The St. Andrew’s Medical Mission was founded by Dr. Charlotte Ferguson-Davie, a medical doctor and wife of the first Bishop of Singapore, who opend a small dispensary on Bencoolen Street on St. Luke’s Day, 18 October 1913. This marked the beginning of the Anglican community services in Singapore.
Singapore Anglican Welfare Council – SAWC (now known as Singapore Anglican Community Services) was inaugurated to minister to and to carry out community services and welfare work, amongst the elderly, the poor, the destitute and the aged sick.
Combining the expertise of SAMH in community health with the psychiatric rehabilitation experience of SACS, the collaboration between SAMH and SACS gave birth to St. Andrew’s Nursing Home (Buangkok).
In 2017, SAMH and SACS strengthened their mission in caring for Singapore’s ageing population with the opening of St. Andrew’s Nursing Home (SANH) at Henderson and Queenstown, and St. Andrew’s Senior Care at Henderson and Queenstown.
In February 2019, SACS started operating a Ministry of Health Build-Own-Lease nursing home at Taman Jurong. Another new nursing home at Dover Avenue, an initiative of St. John’s – St. Margaret’s Church, in collaboration with SAMH, is expected to be operational in 2021. Combining all our five nursing homes (Buangkok, Henderson, Queenstown, Taman Jurong and Dover), SAMH and SACS will be providing a total capacity of over 1,400 beds and 160 day places.