Deputy Chief Executive
National University Health System
Mr Chua Song Khim is Deputy Chief Executive of the National University Health System (NUHS). He joins the senior leadership team at NUHS to develop an integrated academic health system that addresses Singapore’s current and future needs.
Mr Chua is also concurrently the Chief Executive Officer of NTUC Health, the largest health co-operative (one of NTUC’s social enterprises) in Singapore, providing a comprehensive suite of health and eldercare services ranging from retail pharmacy, dental, family medicine, senior day care, homecare, nursing homes and senior wellness centres.
Mr Chua was the Chief Executive Officer of the National University Hospital (NUH) from 2001 to 2008. During his term at NUH, the hospital became the first hospital in Singapore to be accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) besides being ISO certified for ISO 9001:2000 (Quality Management), ISO 14001:1996 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001:1999 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System). NUH also received Spring Singapore’s People Excellence Award and the Singapore Service Class. Mr Chua was instrumental in the master planning of the Kent Ridge campus that saw the development of the NUHS Tower Block and the new Medical Centre with the Kent Ridge MRT station, as well as positioning NUH to allow the creation of NUHS in 2007.
After leaving NUH in 2008, Mr Chua was appointed Group CEO of China Healthcare Limited’s (ECON) network of nursing homes and eldercare services before becoming CEO of NTUC Health in 2012.
Mr Chua holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration (Policy & Management) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA). He has over 30 years of experience in hospital operations and administration holding senior management positions at NUH, Singapore General Hospital, Toa Payoh Hospital and Changi General Hospital (including its development and start-up) as well as stints in renowned hospitals in the US.
Over the years, Mr Chua had received numerous awards, including the National Day Commendation Medal, NTUC Commendation Medal, Ministry of Health’s Health Leader Award and the National Servicemen of the Year award (Commendation). He is a Board member of St Luke’s Hospital and Jurong Health Services Fund Board; Chairman of the Agency for Integrated Care's Strategic Advisory Committee - Quality Improvement for the Intermediate & Long Term Care sector; a member of Ministry of Health’s City for All Ages Committee, Healthcare Tripartite Committee for Workforce Innovation and Productivity as well as a member of the Advisory Committee, School of Sports, Health and Leisure of Republic Polytechnic.