The Government of Singapore has announced that it will invest nearly S$1bn ($777m) to build two new hospitals in the country’s Jurong constituency.

The funds will be used to construct the eight-storey Jurong General Hospital, nine-storey Jurong Community Hospital, and subsidised and private towers.

The hospitals will be built simultaneously, a first for Singapore. The community hospital is expected to be completed in 2014, while the general hospital in early 2015.

The buildings will be connected by bridges, allowing patients to easily move between hospitals and allowing doctors to co-manage patients.

Singapore Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the heavy investment in the project reflects the government’s commitment to raise healthcare standards, especially for people with lower incomes.