Serving the general public for over a century, Kwong Wah Hospital will soon kick start its development project to cater the city’s escalating requirement for medical services. The project, started back in 2009, recently received the approval for its funding application by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council. To commemorate the soon-to-be demolished hospital buildings, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) and Hospital Authority joined hands to organize a ceremony, with over 500 staff members and guests attended, to pay tribute to the service buildings as well as the quality services delivered by the hospital staff before the commencement of the redevelopment project.
‘Our Tribute to Kwong Wah Hospital Buildings in the 1960s’ ceremony was staged on 31 May 2016 at Kwong Wah Hospital, in which Dr Ko Wing-man, BBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health of HKSAR was invited as the Guest-of-Honour. Mrs Katherine Ma, Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals; Prof John Leong Chi-Yan, SBS, JP, Chairman of Hospital Authority, Dr Leung Pak-yin, JP, Chief Executive of Hospital Authority; Board Members of TWGHs; Board Members of Hospital Authority; and Members of Hospital Governing Committee of Kwong Wah Hospital were also presented to support the ceremony. Medical staff across different departments alongside the retired staff as well as the guests assembled at the Hospital and took pictures in front of the 1960s building to commemorate every moment they spent there. Apart from the performance of ‘Tension Band’, a group of Orthopaedics nurses, ‘BandOne’ band¸ formed by the doctors, pharmacist and hospital affairs manager of Kwong Wah Hospital, performed two songs named ’25 Waterloo Road’ and ‘Don’t forget tonight’ which was composed by themselves, to record down their memories to the Hospital while encouraging their colleagues to stand together for overcoming all challenges encountered.
Mrs. Katherine Ma, Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals extended her appreciation to the staff of Kwong Wah Hospital for their staunch support in serving the Hong Kong community. Mrs. Ma said: “TWGHs and Kwong Wah Hospital shares the same vision in serving the public and providing quality medical services to the city. During the redevelopment, it can’t be avoided that the working environment will be more packed with the same number of patients who require the staff to take care. We, thus, would like to express our greatest gratitude to all hospital staff for their effort and patience, while serving the patients with all their hearts.”
Prof John Leong Chi-Yan, SBS, JP, Chairman of Hospital Authority also addressed at the ceremony: “With the growing population, the healthcare service demand in Hong Kong has continuously increased in the past few decades. To meet the escalating needs, hospital redevelopment and enhancement of services and facilities would benefit the public. Kwong Wah Hospital had its first redevelopment in the 1960s and traces of history could be found in many of the facilities. The redevelopment project is more comprehensive this time and it is foreseeable that upon completion, our staff could work in a safer and more comfortable environment while maintaining quality healthcare services.”
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Photo 1: Dr Ko Wing-man, BBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health of HKSAR (Left 7) joined by Mrs. Katherine Ma, Chairman of TWGHs (Left 6), Prof John Leong Chi-Yan, SBS, JP, Chairman of Hospital Authority (Right 6) and other guests officiated at the ceremony.
Photo 2: A group photo of Mrs. Katherine Ma, Chairman of TWGHs (First row, left 13), Prof John Leong Chi-Yan, SBS, JP, Chairman of Hospital Authority (First row, left 14), Dr Leung Pak-yin, JP, Chief Executive of Hospital Authority (First row, left 12), TWGHs Board Members, Hospital Authority Board Members and guests.
Photo 3: BandOne performed their songs named ‘25 Waterloo Road’ and ‘Don’t forget tonight’ on stage.
Photo 4: Hospital staff took photo with Dr Ko Wing-man, BBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health of HKSAR (First row, right 2) and Mrs. Katherine Ma, Chairman of TWGHs (First row, left 2) and Dr. Lee Yuk Lun, JP, 1st vice-chairman of TWGHs(First row, right 1) in front of the service building.