花蓮門諾醫院創辦人薄柔纜病逝 | Founder of Hualien’s Mennonite Christian Hospital dies at the age of 93

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門諾醫院創辦人薄柔纜醫師,17日在美國病逝,享壽93歲。(圖/門諾醫院提供)| Hualien's Mennonite Christian Hospital founder Roland Peter Brown (薄柔纜) died on Saturday (Aug. 17) in the U.S. Courtesy of Mennonite Christian Hospital.
門諾醫院創辦人薄柔纜醫師,17日在美國病逝,享壽93歲。(圖/門諾醫院提供)| Hualien's Mennonite Christian Hospital founder Roland Peter Brown (薄柔纜) died on Saturday (Aug. 17) in the U.S. Courtesy of Mennonite Christian Hospital.

【看英文中國郵報學英文】創建門諾醫院的美籍醫師薄柔纜,17日在美國病逝,享壽93歲。

Roland Peter Brown (薄柔纜), an American doctor who founded Hualien’s Mennonite Christian Hospital when he was 27 years old, died from illness on Aug. 17, at the age of 93.

他於27歲時創立門諾醫院,至今已經66年的時間,不僅為行醫半世紀,守護弱勢族群的健康、醫治疾病,更將畢生精華歲月都奉獻給東部的花蓮人,今(19)日門諾醫院特別舉辦追思會,來紀念薄柔纜醫師的精神。

It has been 66 years since Brown established the hospital in Hualien, where he has devoted his life to service. Today (Aug. 19), the wake was held in the hospital in memory of Brown.

薄柔纜醫師1926年出生,1953年芝加哥大學醫學院畢業後,來台加入門諾會山地醫療隊與外籍醫師群跑遍花蓮偏鄉部落巡迴義診。當時花蓮正處於貧窮的環境,許多老一輩的花蓮人大部份都有被薄醫師治療過。

Brown was born in 1926. After he graduated from the Chicago University Medical School in 1952, he came to Taiwan, joining a Mennonite church medical team to serve in remote Taiwan, especially in Hualien’s rural villages. Medical services were in shortage in Hualien back then, and many elders had been treated by Dr. Brown.

在花蓮行醫超過40年,薄柔纜醫師一輩子的精華歲月都奉獻給台灣的東部地區,他生前曾公開表示,台灣的醫生好像覺得「花蓮很遠、到美國比較近」,深深觸動當時在美國的腦神經外科名醫黃勝雄醫師,毅然決定返台來到花蓮服務。

Serving in Hualien for more than 40 years, Brown once said: “doctors in Taiwan often feel America is closer than Hualien.” The quote touched many people’s hearts, and even prompted the well-known doctor of neurosurgery, Huang Shen-hsiung, returning to Taiwan and serving in Hualien.

門諾公共事務部門指出,台灣雖然不是薄柔纜的出生地,卻是他心心念念所繫之處,毫無保留地把自己奉獻給這片土地,全體同仁皆感到不捨與感恩。

Mennonite Christian Hospital’s public affairs department pointed out that Taiwan is not where Brown was born, but it is what he has cared for and dedicated his whole life to, adding that the crew all felt thankful for his service.