Loma Linda, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2014
Most of the world may remember Sir Run Run Shaw as a media mogul or the man who brought Kung Fu to the big screen. Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), however, remembers him in his passing as a philanthropist and humanitarian in the world of health care. It is because of his benevolence that Sir Run Run Shaw hospital was opened in 1994 in in the Zhejiang Province in the People's Republic of China, which transformed the delivery of health care in what was then a very poor community.
"From a childhood memory and appreciation for quality medical care nearly 100 years ago, to a modern hospital today, the connection between Loma Linda and Sir Run Run Shaw is legendary,” said Richard H. Hart, MD, president of LLUH. “Loma Linda University Health is pleased to have partnered with the Shaw Foundation to develop a superb western style hospital in Sir Run Run Shaw's home town. With China's current rapid development, we expect this model to continue to impact the entire country for years to come."
Sir Run Run Shaw, a Hong Kong film magnate who dreamed of building a Western-style hospital in his native country of China, provided partial funding to the Zhejiang Provincial Government for the construction of a hospital in its capital of Hangzhou in the early 1990s. His only request was that he wanted to partner with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in operating the hospital.
Years earlier, Sir Run Run Shaw’s mother had received treatment from Dr. Harry Miller, an Adventist physician, at a progressive hospital in China. He was impressed by the compassionate, whole-person care provided to all echelons of society, from government officials to day laborers. As a result, he vowed to one day bring a similar level of care to his own community.
"He never forgot the excellent care his mother had received from Dr. Miller,” says Joan Coggin, MD, MPH, former
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