With the CMF’s help, Child Bereavement Support (Singapore) (CBSS) was launched on 30 March 2005. The group offered friendship, support and information to bereaved parents and trains medical professional to compassionately deal with grieving families. Dr Amy Khor, Mayor of South-West District and Member of Parliament for Hong Kah GRC graced this event.
The NKF joined forces with insurance giant Aviva to officially open the Aviva-NKF Life & Health Hub on 7 April 2005. Located conveniently in the Central Business District at Cecil Street, the Hub was the third in the NKF’s innovative network of Prevention Centres.
The Samoan government sought the NKF’s help to set up the Samoan Kidney Foundation (SKF)-NKF Dialysis Centre, the first dialysis centre in the South Pacific. The centre, which officially opened on 14 March 2005, was part of the NKF’s efforts to help more countries establish their own self-sustaining dialysis programmes to save on medical costs and benefit kidney patients around the world.
As an immediate step to help needy cancer patients and their families, the NKF Cancer Fund launched a $20 million Patient Support Programme on 27 April 2005.
The first-ever NKF Cancer Show in July 2005 drew more than $11 million in donations to help cancer patients in Singapore.
The NKF CMF-KKH Cleft and Craniofacial Centre was officially opened on 22 July 2005. The Centre, a partnership between the CMF and the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), offered multi-discisplinary care for children seeking treatment for cleft lip and palate deformities, as well as other craniofacial anomalies.
The CMF partnered with the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) to officially open the NKF CMF-SGH Centre for Hearing and Cochlear Implants on 31 August 2005. The Centre, a first-of-its-kind in the Asia-Pacific region, was established to meet the needs of children suffering from varying degrees of hearing disorders.
Following the NKF saga in July 2005, a new Board was appointed by the Ministry of Health. The Board was led by Mr Gerard Ee, the then President of the National Council of Social Service. Professor Goh Chee Leok from the National Skin Centre was appointed interim CEO.
The turnaround for a leaner and more cost-effective NKF was underway. The Board and Management went about systematically transforming the NKF and fixing its deficiencies, while at the same time preserving its strengths.
To achieve high standards of corporate governance, accountability and transparency, 10 sub-committees were formed (later expanded to 12 committees) to cover key areas of management.
The NKF re-focused its efforts on being a patient-centric organisation – delivering affordable, cost-effective and professional medical services to kidney patients, and providing more holistic care with social and community support.
Focusing on its core functions of helping needy kidney patients, it handed over the NKF Cancer Fund to the Singapore Cancer Society in November 2005.
The NKF was restructured by reducing its non-clinical staff, resulting in cost savings amounting to $3.4 million a year.
Over a period of two years, its dialysis charge went through four reductions, from $200 per session to $130 per session, a 35% reduction.