Tycoon sets up liver diseases clinic with generous US$4 mil. donation
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A tycoon has donated US$4 million to set up a foundation and clinic in Taipei for the prevention and treatment of liver diseases, the head of the medical facility said yesterday.
August 11, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The Good Liver Foundation's outpatient clinic at a building near the Taipei Railway Station will start trials on Sept. 1 and formal operations will begin on Nov. 12, said Wang Shih-hsi, head of the clinic.
The long-term goal is to set up a hospital and medical center dedicated to the prevention and treatment of liver diseases, Wang said.
Wang did not disclose the identity of the donor, but said he is a tycoon from Taiwan's IT industry.
The donor initially approached the Liver Disease Prevention and Treatment Research Foundation (LDPTRF) and offered to donate US$3 million, but when he was told he could set up a related foundation with US$4 million, he gladly agreed, Wang said.
Wang said the donor is not a liver disease patient, but he was motivated by Wang's dentist, Hung Shu-chuan, whose husband is Hsu Chin-chuan, chairman of the LDPTRF.
The LDPTRF has been a major promoter of the prevention and treatment of liver diseases in Taiwan since its establishment 19 years. It also has been offering financial help to the underprivileged for liver disease treatment.