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NTU hosts beam-raising ceremony for cancer hospital

NTU hosts beam-raising ceremony for cancer hospital

Taipei, Nov. 15 (CNA) A beam-raising ceremony to mark the completion of the structural frames for a cancer hospital was held Sunday at the Gongguan branch of National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) in Taipei. The ceremony was presided over by Terry Gou (???), chairman of the Foxconn Group, in his capacity as founder of Yong Lin Health Care Foundation -- the major donor for the hospital's construction -- and NTU President Yang Pan-chyr (???). At at ceremony, Yang thanked Gou for the largest-ever donation he has made to NTU, and expressed his confidence that construction of the hospital will be completed and will start providing services on a trial basis in 2018 as scheduled, to become the best cancer hospital in the Chinese world and a global top-tier cancer treatment institute. In response, Gou said that with two-thirds of the construction work having been completed, he will increase his donation if needed and if doing so would accelerate the construction work. Gou said that he and NTU share a common goal of seeking innovation in the cancer hospital's equipment, technology and management and that he hopes a cloud computing network can be set up in the hospital. The hospital will include 15 above ground and four underground floors to house in-patient wards, cell therapy centers, preventive medicine centers, clinical practice centers and experimental labs. Gou first announced his charitable contribution to NTU in 2007 when he pledged a donation of NT$15 billion (US$456.75 million) for the construction of the hospital, as well as advanced medical facilities such as a proton therapy center and other biomedical engineering projects. The pledge came just two years after his first wife succumbed to breast cancer, and a few months after his own brother died after a battle with leukemia. (Jalen Chung and Evelyn Kao)