Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

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The Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (Chinese: 東華三院), with a long history from 1800, is the oldest and the largest charitable organisation in Hong Kong. Their education Services and Community Services to the community with a total of 194 service centres spreading over the territory of Hong Kong.

Although it is a purely charitable organisation today, it was originally an organization that brought together the most influential Chinese residents of Hong Kong in the early colonial period. Tung Wah as also involved in the management of the important cultural centre of Man Mo Temple.

In Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, there is a gallery (Tung Wah Group of Hospitals' Gallery) which displays the exhibits of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. The Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Museum in Kwong Wah Hospital is managed by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

Name origin

Tung Wah Hospital

The name is Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (東華三院), which means three hospitals of Tung Wah Group. The three hospitals are Tung Wah Hospital (1890), Kwong Wah Hospital (1911) and Tung Wah Eastern Hospital (1929) founded by local Chinese. In 1931, three hospitals formed a group.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals is responsible for ensuring that the organization is properly maintained. All board appointments require the consent of the Government of Hong Kong.

As of April 4, 2011, Charles Chang Juo Hwa serves as Chairman of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. Chang previously served as Tung Wah's 1st Vice-Chairman, and has been on the Board of Directors since 2003.[1]

Medical Division

Five hospitals are under the umbrella of the group, including Tung Wah Hospital, Kwong Wah Hospital, Tung Wah Eastern Hospital, TWGHs Wong Tai Sin Hospital and TWGHs Fung Yiu King Hospital, providing a total of 3,048 hospital beds (as of 31 December 2003), among which 600 are free of charge.

Nursing School

The training of Nurses using the Chinese language was an important part of the work of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. The Student Nurses contributed much to the care of patients. In 1964, the Nursing Schools of Tung Wah Hospital, Tung Wah Eastern Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital were centralized at Kwong Wah Hospital. With the expansion of Kwong Wah Hospital, the number of students increased significantly. There were three classes per year, with as many as 70 students in a class. The centralized School was headed by Sister Tutor-in-Charge Rebecca Chan Chung 鍾陳可慰 from 1964 to 1975. Rebecca Chan Chung was a U.S. Army nurse in China during World War II and authored the book "Piloted to Serve".[2][3]

Education Division

The group operates 52 schools in Hong Kong, including 18 secondary schools, 17 primary schools, 15 kindergartens and 2 schools for the mentally handicapped. Except for the kindergartens, the other schools are all directly funded by the government.

Secondary schools:[4]

Primary schools include:

Community Services Division

As at March 2006, Tung Wah operated 134 community services centres:[5]

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