MSJ ICU Renamed to Honour Gift

November 17, 2017 – Vancouver, BC – Patients at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ) have a special place in the heart of Mrs. Dolly Lee. In July, 2016 the Vancouver philanthropist donated $500,000 to Tapestry Foundation for Health Care to help purchase life-saving respiratory equipment for MSJ’s Intensive Care Unit, and to create a special isolation/trauma room within the hospital’s Emergency Department.

In recognition of Mrs. Lee’s generous donation, the ICU has been renamed the Yiu Nam Wong & Fung Kam Yu Wong Intensive Care Unit, to honour the memories of Mrs. Lee’s parents, who were philanthropists in their time and supported a number of hospitals and charities in Hong Kong.

(l-r) Dr. Demetrios Sirounis, ICU Physician Director for St. Paul’s and Mount Saint Joseph Hospitals;
Dianne Doyle, President & CEO, Providence Health Care; donor Mrs. Dolly Lee;
donor’s daughter Cathy Young; Brad Cruickshank, Board Chair, Tapestry Foundation for Health Care.

“We are deeply indebted to Mrs. Lee and her family for their dedication to patient care at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital,” said Ann Adams, Tapestry Foundation CEO. “Thanks to her generosity, greater efficiencies in care delivery are being realized to meet growing demands for services, and to ensure that patients have access to the best care possible.”

Mrs. Lee’s gift has supported the purchase of much-needed equipment including an acute care ventilator, transport monitor and transport ventilator. These items support the needs of critically ill patients with respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  

The donation has also set in motion the creation of a self-contained isolation/trauma room within the Emergency Department to diagnose and treat patients who may have a serious infectious disease, and those requiring immediate critical care for life-threatening medical conditions.

Mrs. Dolly Lee reviewing the new plaque in the ICU family room
that highlights the story of her parents, Mr. Yiu Nam Wong and
Mrs. Fung Kam Yu Wong.

Now in her 90s, Mrs. Lee carries on her family’s invaluable tradition of giving. Her father Yiu Nam Wong co-founded the China Motor Bus Company in 1924 and began to provide affordable public transportation for Hong Kong residents in 1933. After achieving success in this business endeavour, Mr. Wong embarked on a life-long journey as a philanthropist and supported a number of local charities in Hong Kong, including the Caritas Hong Hong.

Mrs. Lee’s past donations to Tapestry Foundation helped expand MSJ’s cardiac clinic, which was renamed in June 2016 the Dolly Ching Wan Wong Lee & Peter Chi Fai Lee Cardiac Ambulatory Clinic. In 2013, following a contribution to support senior patients, the geriatric medicine unit was renamed the Peter Chi Fai Lee Geriatric Medicine Unit to honour the memory of her late husband.

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