TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Some people said, “A brilliant surgeon should have eyes like a hawk , a heart like a lion, and hands like a woman,” and all these attributes are true of Cardinal Tien Hospital Ankang Branch President Chou Shao-jiun ( 周少鈞).
In 1990, Chou began to work at the surgery and emergency departments of Cardinal Tien Hospital, which at that time was a regional hospital and not very well equipped. Even a doctor had to be called to perform a regular surgery. Serving as director for the department of medical affairs at that time, Chou did his best to help former presidents of the hospital develop various medical services and facilities, such as setting up advanced operating rooms, the surgical intensive care unit, the physiology examination center, and the breast center as well as leading the medial team to strive for better medical services. With all the endeavors, Cardinal Tien Hospital has continuously been rated as excellent in the new regional hospital accreditation and become a certified cancer treatment hospital. All of these changes have greatly transformed Cardinal Tien Hospital.
In addition, Chou has put much effort in medical teaching and training, hiring and training surgical residents. He has compiled the hospital’s first emergency medical service manual and a teaching and training plan for surgical residents. When disasters struck, Chou would do all he could and dispatch personnel to help rescue efforts. He said, “When others are in trouble, we should do all we can to help.” Today’s Cardinal Tien Hospital is still sticking to its original mission of fulfilling its obligations, being unselfish, and using love to treat every patient.
“Even though I am the president of the hospital now, I still have a surgical schedule just like before to serve patients. I am not afraid of painstaking, and I am not afraid of difficulty, so I won’t feel I am doing a hard job,” Chou said.
Having practice medicine for 37 years, Chou has served as a surgeon, a director and the president of the hospital, while being engaged in medical education, research and administrative work. No matter how busy the administrative work gets, patients are always the top priority for him as he treats patients as family. In response to his winning the Medical Contribution Award at 2017 New Taipei City Health Charity Award, he smiled modestly and said, “The most important thing is being able to make an all-out effort to treat patients, and be there for them at any time.”