Dr. Lim Su Lin, 49
Independent & Non-executive Director
- Member of Board of Directors
Dr. Lim Su Lin was appointed as an Independent, Non-executive Director on the YHS Board on 1 May 2019. She does not have any relationship (including familial) with fellow board members, the Company and/or its substantial shareholders or any of its principal subsidiaries.
Dr. Lim has been making her impact in the field of dietetics both within a top academic university hospital as Chief Dietitian for the last 21 years, and internationally.
Over the past years, Dr. Lim has collaborated with partners within her hospital as well as external agencies to realise her vision of improving malnutrition for at-risk patients through her research. She has systematically developed and validated a novel nutrition screening tool called the “3-Minute Nutrition Screening” and a nutrition intervention tool called the “Expedited 10g Protein Counter” – which were both published in international peer-reviewed journals. These tools were subsequently successfully implemented in various public hospitals and several nursing homes. The 3-Minute test enables nurses to systematically screen hospitalised patients on admission in a simple, quick, reliable and cost-effective way, leading to timely interventions and improved outcomes for patients.
Dr. Lim spearheaded a novel project funded by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Fund for dietitians to follow up with malnourished patients after they are discharged from the hospital through home visits and tele-consultations. The results for the randomised-controlled trial showed significant improvement in the nutritional status and quality of life of these patients, with mortality rate halved in the intervention group compared to the control group. She has also been awarded national research grants to evaluate the use of mobile technology to address the challenges of overweight, obesity, fatty liver disease and diabetes. Harnessing technology to encourage lifestyle and behavioural changes, Dr. Lim is continually championing a healthier population.
Dr. Lim has been active in initiating, driving and implementing quality improvement initiatives to improve clinical and workflow processes. She has won several awards for her quality improvement work both at the hospital and national level. In 2014, Dr. Lim became the first in the world to publish a paper on a quality improvement initiative on nutrition screening in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
Dr. Lim has been conferred many awards for her significant contributions in research and quality improvement, including the following:
- QUT Outstanding Alumni – Special Excellence Award 2016
- NUHS-Mochtar Riady Pinnacle Excellence Award in 2015
- Singapore Allied Health Award for best oral presentation at the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress, 4-time winner from 2009 to 2013
- Numerous Outstanding Awards for impactful quality improvement initiatives
- NUHS Model Allied Health Professional Award (for Research) in 2011
- National Healthcare Quality Improvement Commendation Award in 2011
- Singapore Public Service Excellence – Best Ideator Gold Award in 2011
- Singapore National Day Efficiency Medal in 2007
In 2014, Su Lin also successfully completed her doctorate at the Queensland University of Technology, and was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award.