PFCS History and Milestones
PFCS, then affiliated with Association for Promoting Chinese Medicines, was founded in 1974 at the heartland unit 01-913 of Block 11 Upper Boon Keng. The founders include the late well-known TCM elders Chen Zhan Wei and Huang Zhi Ming. The mission to provide free medical services to the poor was well received by the low-income group; On the other hand, the hospital also served as a clinical site to train and groom the TCM successors. The first branch clinic was set-up in 1979 at Blk 465 of Crawfort Street, which brought great convenience of medical services to the nearby residents.
The second branch clinic was set-up in 1981 at 18th Bukit Pasoh Road, which further enhanced the accessibility of medical services.
A mobile medical team was set-up in 1983 to provide speedy medical service with regular visits to the heart-landers. Various medical posts at senior citizen centres were also established to serve the seniors. However, due to economic downturn, the first and second branch clinic stopped operation in 1992 and 1994 respectively.
The downswing economy in the 80’s had resulted in substantial reducing of channels and amount of donations. At that time, the Association for Promoting Chinese Medicines management collaborated with the 7th Month festive organizers on fund raising which successfully led PFCS out of financial plight and the collaboration carry on till today.
Significant progress in Association general affair was achieved in 1988 when graduates from the Institute of medical studies were allowed to join the management committee and promised more vibrancy in culture. The newly elected director, Xie Mu Cang,advocated the establishment of a fund-raising committee. The fund-raising committee was headed by Xie Mu Cang, with members including He Mien Peng, Zhou Yi Guang, Chen Shiu Meng, Chen You Mou， Wu Xi Chun. The fund-raising committee was tasked to be responsible for fund-raising activities with a target to set up a solid “Home”vision that was fully realized with the $600K fund raised 2 years later.
In 1993, a new chapter was penned. With the hard work of the management, we purchased a 3-storey shop house at Lorong 8 Geylang designated as the hospital site.
In 1994, the 12th management committee was elected and faced with a shortage of fund to meet medical expenses and developer fees. However, the management made concerted efforts to sail PFCS out of the difficulty by giving interest-free loans to PFCS to pay for the pharmaceutical supplier and the developer so that medical operation in the hospital can carry on without affecting the patients.
To provide for the property fund of $970K, on 24/7/1994 director Xie Mu Cang mobilized the committee and all members to fete an unprecedented 138 tables with a thousand seats banquet to raise for the fund. The banquet was held at Xian Liang Restaurant with then MP Mr. Zhu Wei Qiang as the host guest, together with VIP guests including general affair consultant Mr. Chen Du Shen BBM(L)，a number of honorary presidents and community leaders etc, all toasted and came together with one mind to donate and plan for PFCS funding, with a total of over 440K raised for the day.
The same year, HDB launched a policy that allowed shop houses tenants to buy over the shops and the Association for Promoting Chinese Medicines seized the opportunity and purchased the Boon Keng site with $450K. Due to shortage of fund to pay for the first installment, committee members Mo Yi Qiang and Deng Chun Lan gave interest-free loans to PFCS to tide over this difficult period.
In 1997, the authority had considered the special nature of location at Lorong 8 Geylang and seen as a taboo to operate charity medical services at the location, the management committee decided to sell the said property. As the cash proceeds was insufficient to cover for a new property, director Xie Mu Cang mortgaged his residence to the bank for a loan of $500K, together with $500K donation from reverend Chen Qin Chuan of Guan Yin Temple. At last $2080K was collected and a 3-storey building at Lorong 22 Unit 25A was purchased as the PFCS head-quarter. The ground floor of the new building housed an auditorium, offices, dispensary and 2 consultation rooms. The 2nd flloor housed a conference room, library, the college office. The 3rd floor housed with classrooms. The purchase price and the renovation work of the building cost $3000K.
On 6/6/1999, after more than 1 year of preparation, the new PFCS HQ held its grand openning ceremony. The Minister of State Dr Aline Wong from MOH was invited and graced the ceremony, Among other distinguished guests included MOH Parliamentary Secretary Chan Soo Sen and MOH Seniors Officers; general affair consultant Chen Du Shen BBM(L), Academic Consultant Dr. Fu Shi Heng from Bei Jing; Professor Fang Ding Ya, Dr. Chen Jin Zhou and principles from other academic colleges and community representatives, and the event was spectacular.
In 1999 MOH approved PFCS as an IPC which was a great recognition on the effort and hard work put in so far in enhancing the TCM industry, and hence also enabled PFCS to raise future funds more effectively.
The development roadmap of Association of Promoting Chinese Medicines was to keep with the time and to broaden and carry on the TCM Chinese Medicines industry. PFCS was grateful with the great support and assistance from the various parties in obtaining the approval to set up the PFCS Tampines Branch at Blk 245, Tampines Street 21, including honorary advisor of the Association and Ministry of National Development Minister Mr. Mah Bow Tan, Tampines Chinese Temple donated 200K, grassroots leaders Cai Jin Shun, Lin Tu Long etc. Tampines branch occupied an area of 4200sqf, comfortable, well-equipped, newly furnished with contemporary design. In addition to providing medical services, there was also special outpatient consultation and regular educational public health talks.
In 2000, Tampines Branch opened earlier to serve the neighbouring residents with professional TCM medical services.
On 24/6/2001, Minister Mah Bow Tan graced the Tampines Branch opening ceremony and presented medals to the life-time honorary presidents and honorary presidents. MOE Senior Minister Dr. Aline Wong and Senior Parliamentary Secretary Yatiman Yusof also took the time attending the function that sent out a strong signal of recognition by Singapore leaders on PFCS medical mission. Hundreds of people attended and supported the event, including community leaders and Tampines Chinese Temple management etc.
A joyful charity dinner was organized by the president Chen Xiu Meng and the management committee, of over 60 tables and MP Mr Chen Wen An was the guest of honour. This opening ceremony had received strong support from the public and raised $200K fund. PFCS had engraved the names of the donors as a tribute of appreciation and a commemorative publication was issued to record the event.
In 2001, PFCS issued a total of 200 certificates to certify its volunteer physicians so as to facilitate their applications to the MOH as licensed Acupuncturists.
In 2002, PFCS issued a total of 500 certificates to certify its volunteer physicians so as to facilitate their applications to the MOH as licensed Chinese Physicians.
In 2003, the collaboration between PFCS and Association for Promoting Chinese Medicines had blissfully promoted the PFCS development with surge in numbers of patients and resulted in over-crowding of space. Director Xie Mu Cang led the management committee and strategized by selling off the property at Lorong 22 to the neighbouring People’s Buddhism Study Society.The Association for Promoting Chinese Medicines again launched a fund raising exercise to purchase a 7-storey building at 10 Lorong 9 as the PFCS Head-quarter.
On 17/6/2003, the Lorong 9 expansion plan was approved which made director Xie Mu Cang and the management committee overjoyed. The renovation work immediately commenced after the purchase. The free-hold property was priced at $2220K and amounted to $3,000K with the renovation and expansion work. The new HQ comprised of a conference room, a library and in the first floor were an administrative office and a few clinics. Besides Acupuncture, Massage, Cupping, there was also Internal medicine, External medicine and Special treatment. Our vision was to form alliance with the Association for Promoting Chinese Medicines, Institutes of Chinese Medical Studies to become a mega charity organization so as to provide timely medical services to the needy patients and at the same time to groom TCM successors.
In mid 2003, Char Yong (Dabu) Association sponsored $90K to acquire a new mobile medical vehicle and enabled PFCS to better serve the needy residents of various heartlanders. In 2003, Minister Mah Bow Tan flagged off the mega charity walk at the Bedok Reservior and a total of $150K was raised.
On 10/8/2003, Minister of State Chan Soo Sen was invited to grace the HQ expansion ground breaking ceremony. The expansion which realised with the hard-work of the management and donors would serve more patients with quality medical services.
On 14/12/2003 Tampines branch celebrated the 30th Anniversary with Tampines GRC MP Ms Ng Big Hong graced the event.
In 2004, PFCS vigorously engaged in hospital construction fund-raising activities. On 28th Nov, a fund raising charity walk at Pasir Ris Park was held. The Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean was invited to flag off the walk and $120K was raised for the construction fund.
On 19/12/2004, Boon Keng branch celebrated the 31th Anniversary with Geylang Serai Citizens Advisory Committee Chairman Mr. Chen Cheng Ping (BBML) graced the event.
On 17/6/2005, Tanah Merah helped to raised $400K medical funds through organizing an exciting golf tournament. On 29th Jun, the Kong Hwa School Alumni and Chun Yu Musical Association jointly organized a vibrant charity gala helped PFCS to raise medical fund.
On 20/11/2005, a thousand seats charity dinner was organized at Tanjong Katong Qian Xi Restaurant to raise fund.
On 15/10/2006, immersed with countless love and kindness, PFCS HQ expansion work was completed and the HQ was inaugurated. At the same time PFCS celebrated the 32th Anniversary with Minister Mah Bow Tan held the opening ceremony. An unprecedented large-scale free medical consultation activity was organized on the day. The inauguration of PFCS new HQ was a symbol of PFCS charging ahead and towards a brand new chapter in history.
On 7/10/2007, Tampines branch celebrated the 33th Anniversary with Honorary President Mr. Xu Lian Fa JP, BBM graced the event.
On June 2008, we bought a $100K home tcm vehicle, manned with senior practitioners, who visited various heartland homes to provide free medical services and medication to the poor and immobile elderly and garnered mass public trust.
On April 2009, Clementi branch staged the ground-breaking ceremony, and officially opened in September. The branch is located at Blk 327, Clementi Ave 5, covering 3350 Sft, with 6 consultation rooms, a conference room, waiting area, dispensary and registration counter.
On 22/11/2009, PFCS HQ celebrated the 35th Anniversary with Marine Parade GRC MP Dr. Ong Seh Hong graced the event.
On 12/12/2010, PFCS Clementi branch celebrated the 36th Anniversary with honored guests Minister from PM Office Mr. Lim Swee Say and Minister of State from MCYS to witness the exciting moment of history.
On 14/12/2010, Super Galvanising from Tuas pledged a $300K construction fund for the PFCS 5th branch, and an in-house charity donation also collected $9203.28 from its employees to spread their passion and love to the needy.
On 22/8/2011, MOH approved the establishment of Jurong branch at Blk 539, Jurong West Ave 1 and planning was launched.
On 11/12/2011, PFCS celebrated the 37th Anniversary with honored guest Mr. Chan Chun Sing from MCYS and the PFCS president Seow Ser Fatt announced that $800K building fund for Jurong branch was successfully raised and a new milestone in PFCS history was achieved.
On 17/9/2012, Jurong branch was officially opened.
On 24/11/2013, PFCS celebrated the 39th Anniversary with honoured guest Deputy Prime Ministry cum Ministry of Finance, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, presided over the opening ceremony for Jurong branch. During the ceremony, Mr. Shanmugaratnam praised PFCS has contributed lot of good things over the past 39 years. It led by the community, cooperated with basic levels, and supported the practice by government when needed. These are the best way towards the future.
PFCS has always uphold the belief in charity, regardless of race and religion providing affordable medical services, and also actively engaged in grooming future qualified professionals and providing students with clinical training sites. With increasing medical fees, rising of cost of living and aging population issues, PFCS offer more special disease clinics to meet the needs of the community. Also with collaboration with other social and religious groups to open more branches to meet the increasing demand, and also to reach the poor, the weak, and the immobile elderly in providing home visit medical services.
PFCS earnestly hope that through philanthropist and donors, we could work closely to ensure the charity work is long term and PFCS can provide more patients with medical services.