As a social enterprise, Assunta Hospital has established a culture and legacy of community service since 1961. Starting with free clinics to underprivileged populations, the hospital has since restructured their community service initiative with the establishment of Assunta Integrated Social Services (ASSISS), which encompasses:
Assunta Mobile Clinic
The concept of mobile healthcare services was initiated in the 1960s by Assunta’s founders, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FMM) nuns, who visited remote areas to offer simple medical services. Their visits were highly anticipated events, with entire families waiting outside community halls or the homes of the village chief.
Today, the Mobile Clinic continues its legacy of bringing healthcare to marginalized or underprivileged societies and groups through the Social Welfare Fund. The cheerful red van donated by UMW Toyota to ferry Assunta’s medical crew is now a much-welcomed sight at its many stops.
The bright red van donated by UMW Toyota in 2007 that ferries Assunta’s medical crew are now a welcome sight for many in the visit locations.
The Mobile Clinic provides basic primary care comprising health consultations and the monitoring of medical conditions such as diabetes or hypertension. Patients suspected of suffering from more serious problems are referred to the closest hospital.
Pastoral care services recognise patient and caregivers as complete individuals with emotional, spiritual and psychological concerns. Assunta’s Pastoral Care service was formed by FMM sisters Sister Regina Rocke and Sister Mary Kristin Ng in 1988 after training overseas as pastoral care caregivers.
Sister Mary Anne has led the department since 1995 in coordinating a volunteer programme and providing training for student caregivers. Assunta Hospital is currently the only healthcare provider offering Pastoral Care education programmes for those interested in caring for the emotionally-distressed.
Pastoral Services’ primary aim is to provide emotional support to people of all races and religions. Unlike counselling sessions where counsellors offer suggestions to help solve problems, pastoral caregivers focus on listening to problems and encouraging individuals to find their own solutions.
In a hospital setting where people need someone to talk to or someone who cares, our message is simple: We have time for you.
Social Welfare Program
The Social Welfare Committee was formed in 1998, followed suit by the Social Welfare Fund to help provide medical assistance to the underprivileged. The Programme provides free treatment to residents of social organisations such as Rumah Ozanam, Rumah Juara and the Assunta Children’s Society, which in turn helps them manage operational costs.
An outpatient card (AO card) provides free outpatient medical treatment to holders and family members to help them break their cycle of poverty and disadvantage. Deserving families are selected based on strict criteria.