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NSCMH has a long history dating back from 1932 when it was first established as the NS Chinese Maternity Hospital. Its location then was at No. 6 Lemon Street, Seremban. With the support of public funds, under the management of a Colonial Government Officer and 5 Chinese representatives, it provided maternity services to the local community. Subsequently, this non-profit hospital was relocated to Jalan Templer, Seremban (now renamed Jalan Tun. Dr. Ismail) when it was awarded 5 acres of government land. Its official opening at the new site was on 19th August 1935. A double-storey building, Block A, now renamed Blok Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, was build through the benevolence of two philanthropist brothers from Singapore, Mr. Aw Boon Haw and Mr. Aw Boon Par, who contributed RM17,000. The generosity of the public also helped to purchase furniture as well as medical and surgical supplies and much-needed equipment.
In its endeavours to provide essential maternity services to the public at very nominal rates, the hospital suffered financial difficulties. This problem was eased by local doctors who provided medical services on a voluntary basis. However, there were still many challenges faced due to constraints like shortage of medical expertise, staff and equipment.
Recognizing a need for recognization and to relook its role in society, the hospital management embarked on plans to transform the hospital into a Medical Centre, instead of limiting its services to maternity support. In 1980, NSCMH Medical Centre became a reality, with 50 beds, increasing to 75 beds within 6 years. Now NSCMH has 195 beds. Its car park has increased from 70 bays to 193 car bays today.
However, with the emergence of 3 private profit-making hospitals, the hospital suffered a setback in revenue and ran into losses. Nevertheless, its charity outpatient clinic charging a mere RM15 for poor patients which includes consultation with a family physician plus 5-days basic medication has never been discontinued.
On 16th November 2006, a new President, Dato' Dr. Nellie S.L Tan-Wong a practising Chartered Accountant and wellknown NGO leader, took over the helm of the hospital, together with a new Management Committee. A redevelopment plan and fundraising campaign was launched. More than RM25 Million including a generous and handsome donation from The Lee Foundation, raised by the new committee were used to purchase new medical equipment including a Mammogram, CT Scan and an MRI and a new mobile van and two new ambulances, construct a four storey Block comprising a modern Labour Ward, Specialist Clinics, a Physiotherapy Centre with state-of-the-art German Physio equipment, a contemporary Imaging Department and an extra floor at Block B, renamed Puan Sri Datin Alice Lee Block for a Geriatric Ward, a Training Hall, Administration Department, Conference Room and President's Room. The Committee needs to raise a further RM5 Million to complete its task. It also initiated the operation of Evening Specialist Clinics at Block C, now renamed Block Tan Lam Hui. Block A operates with tenants operating a Traditional and Complementary Medicine Centre including a Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic, Traditional Malay Massage Centre, an Ayurvedic Traditional Centre and an Ozone cum Chelation Centre. A Dialysis Centre will be soon constructed with a capacity for 26 dialysis machines.
An NSCMH Youth Support Group was also formed to provide Red Crescent youth members with homenursing training. Besides, the hospital now provides training placements for nursing students from the Nilai International University College. The hospital has also initiated Medical Tourism with a number of towns in Sumatra and Jakarta. There will also be an MOU signing with the Berjaya College of Nursing and the International Medical University.
The Committee of Management places great importance on new technology and information technology. NSCMH was the first hospital to invest in a state-of-the-art set of physiotherapy equipment from a manufacturer, David of Germany, and today NSCMH benefits on GPS advancement made by David with which NSCMH can now access to immediate online discussion and information from Germany which will benefit NSCMH's growing numbers of physio patients. NSCMH has been appointed to Socso's Return-to-Work Programme panel and is also on the panel of hospitals appointed for the staff of Socso.
NSCMH is also Asia's first cloud hospital, operating the eKlinik hospital information system (HIS) which combines GeoLocation with ICD-10 codes to provide the geographical aggregation of diseases visually enhanced with electronic notification to patients using email and sms in epidemic control to save lives. E-Klinik also offers a Health Tourism module as standard version inclusive. This will be very useful for NSCMH's interest to promote health tourism in Sumatra.
Drawing inspiration from leading hospitals in Thailand, NSCMH is able to provide soothing live piano music for the enjoyment of its patients, through a recent donation of a RM100,000 grand piano. Advance students from a local school of music will volunteer to play the piano for the patients' pleasure, on a regular basis.
Perched on the new top floor of the hospital is an attractive Rock Garden opened to the skies - a concerted effort to bring greenery into the concrete environment. The hospital has installed a Solar system on the roof of each Block and also harvests rainwater for its grounds and other specific purposes.
A faithful provider of medical services to the community of nearly eight decades, NSCMH has an open-door policy to all races and all levels of society. Its signature character, a subsidized activity, is its Charity Outpatient Clinic opened during office hours. It doubles up as a panel hospital to many banks, companies, factories and colleges in Seremban, Senawang, Nilai and neighbouring areas.
The grand opening of the newly-renovated Block B, now renamed Puan Sri Datin Alice Lee Block was held on 10th November 2011, officiated by DYMM Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, the Yang Di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan and the Royal Patron of NSCMH. This marked a new and promising chapter in the history of NSCMH.
Donations (tax exempt) may be sent to:
NSCMH MEDICAL CENTRE
Jalan Tun Dr. Ismail,
Fax: +606-7621221 / 7630105
Account No.: 740-102085-9