TAIPEI (The China Post) – Lee Yuan-teh, former superintendent of National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH), recently won the “Special Award for Medical Contribution” for his outstanding work in the development of hospital branches in rural areas.
The NTU Hospital currently has four branches – Yunlin, Jinshan, Hsinchu, and Beitou – that serve residents in more remote areas. A development that has led to improvements of medical care and inspired other public hospitals to follow suit.
Following the announcement of the award, Lee wrote on Facebook: “Thank you for the congratulation messages. This was a little nerve-wracking since the life insurance foundation picks you, you don’t sign up to get this.” He was originally a member of the selection, but he was nominated unexpectedly. A few days later, he was notified of the award. Originally, he wanted to reject it, but people encouraged him to accept it.
Lee has long been an authority in Taiwan’s cardiovascular field. He has been a doctor for about 40 years, he has made more than 400 publications, including 87 research papers.
He believes that research is not the only way to contribute to the medical community in Taiwan. Upon research, he realized that remote areas severely lacked medical services. He urged the establishment of Jinshan branch hospital and raised approximately NT$800 million to be donated to the Power Development Fund and government executive branch.
This helped Jinshan Hospital to eventually open and serve citizens who previously lacked access to medical care.
In addition, Lee helped the NTU Hospital expand their hospital’s branches. Using high-quality medical care services, he was able to comprehensively affect major medical systems. He stated on Facebook that, many new hospitals have been established in Taiwan over recent years. Taiwan’s improvement in medical services will have a significant contribution to the medical community, it is not merely just a small achievement.
Taipei City Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun praised Lee in his speech for contributing in the rescue group during the 921 earthquakes and SARS outbreak when NTU Hospital staff were mobilized. He sacrificed himself to save many people’s lives.
To commemorate the spirit Lord Baosheng (a Taiwanese God for medicine), Taipei City Dalongyu Baoan Temple created the “Baoan Temple Medical Contribution award.”
This award was given to Taiwan University Associate Hospital Consultant Doctor Lian Yi-nan, Diabetes Care Foundation chairman Dai Dongyuan, former NTU Hospital dean Lee Yuan-teh, Catholic Hualian Diocese Medical Foundation Tatung Saint Maria Hospital. ●