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Hospital History Online

Introduction

Previously situated on the 22nd floor of Chung-cheng Building (中正樓), the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (臺北榮民總醫院, TVGH) History Hall had not been open to the public. Considering space, accessibility, and the hospital's special history, the hall was moved to a refurbished conference room (about 165 square meters) on the first floor of Jie-shou Memorial Hall (介壽堂) and re-inaugurated on January 9, 2017. The hospital's administration adopted a livelier approach to presenting this diversified exhibition area, which is now available to all. Multi-media technologies and interactive touch screens are used for visitors to more easily learn about the hospital's old collections.

  • Birth of the Hospital History Hall (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

    Birth of the history hall (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

  • Hospital History Hall Inauguration Ceremony(watch our YouTube video in a new window)

    Inauguration ceremony of the hall (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

  • Hospital History Hall

    Interior of the hall

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1The Hospital and Its Visions

Founded on November 1, 1959, the hospital has the following main buildings: Chung-cheng Building, Shih-yuan Building (思源樓), Outpatient Clinic Building (門診大樓), Chih-teh Building (致德樓), Center for Neural Regenerative Medicine (神經再生中心), Center for the Physically Challenged (身障中心), and Power Center (動力中心). In the beginning, 500 beds were installed, and services were provided to the nationalist veterans in Taiwan. Later on, the hospital gradually became available to veterans' families, public servants, physical laborers, farmers, fishermen, and the general public. Now the hospital is equipped with 2,808 beds (as of September 2020), receiving more than 8,000 people at outpatient clinics daily. TVGH has 6,846 staff members (as of October 2020) who work together as strong medical teams. Using advanced medical facilities, they provide the most effective medical treatments to patients.

TVGH's core values are: treating patients as family, achieving excellence through quality, attaching priority to medical ethics, and abiding by the laws and our convictions. Customers (patients) being our priority, we are devoted to developing new medical technologies and improving service quality, so as to provide comprehensive medical care. The hospital aims to provide convenient, tailored medical services, which is one of our three biggest missions, other than teaching/training and medical research. We want to be the best hospital for the public when they need treatment, and a top-grade international hospital. As a national medical center, we have three main missions in mind: providing medical care, cultivating medical professionals through teaching, and doing research. In compliance with the country's medical care policies, we do our best to make the public healthy. We have won awards at home and abroad. We are the best hospital to our people when they need medical care, and we are a top-grade medical center in the world. TVGH's goal is to provide patient-centered safe and high-quality medical care, and to become an outstanding center for cultivating international medical talents and carrying out top-grade medical research. We make sure to rejuvenate management and administer in a sustainable way.

  • The Hospital’s Goals, Values, and Visions

    Shown here are the hospital's goals, values, and visions.

  • VGH Start-of-Construction and Inauguration Ceremony

    TVGH's ground-breaking and inauguration ceremonies (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

  • 1956 the start-of-construction ceremony together

    TVGH's ground-breaking ceremony in 1956

 

2Honorable TVGH

Awards are symbols of high quality research and services. This section showcases our medals and trophies in glass cabinets with soft lighting. They demonstrate our achievements in medical technologies, medical services, and operations and management acknowledged home and abroad. A highlight is the National Biotechnology & Medical Care Quality Awards (國家生技醫療品質獎), known as the Oscars in biotech and medical care. To win a gold prize, the candidate has to perform beyond international standard. To win a silver prize, the candidate has to reach international standard. As to winning a bronze prize, the candidate has to get near to international standard. It is the laureate in Taiwan's biotechnology and medical care sectors, as well as a pivotal indicator for any global company wanting to find an outstanding institution in this field in Taiwan!

  • Our national awards are on display in a gracefully-lit glass cabinet

    Our national awards are on display in a gracefully-lit glass cabinet.

  • We have won numerous awards home and abroad

    We have won numerous awards at home and abroad.

  • We have won numerous awards home and abroad

    We have won numerous awards at home and abroad.

  • 2018 VGH was honored to receive the gold and silver prizes of the 21st SNQ Biotechnology & Medical Service Awards

    In 2018, TVGH won gold and silver prizes of the 21st SNQ Biotechnology & Medical Service Awards.

  • 2018 VGH won the gold prize for renal anemia clinical treatment which helps patients regain a functional lifestyle.

    In 2018, TVGH won a gold prize for renal anemia clinical treatment which helps patients regain a functional lifestyle.

 

3Organization

  • Taiwan Veterans General Hospital, Veterans Employment Council, Executive Yuan was established in Shipai, Taipei.
    1958
    Taiwan Veterans General Hospital under Veterans Employment Council, Executive Yuan was established in Shipai, Taipei.
  • VGH's Taichung branch was established.
    1982
    The hospital's Taichung branch was established.
  • VGH's Kaohsiung branch was established.
    1990
    The hospital's Kaohsiung branch was established.
  • Su'ao and Yuanshan Veterans Hospitals were included into VGH as our Su'ao and Yuanshan branches.
    2011
    Su'ao and Yuanshan Veterans Hospitals were incorporated as TVGH's branches.
  • Taoyuan Veterans Hospital was included into VGH as our Taoyuan branch.
    2012
    Taoyuan Veterans Hospital was incorporated as TVGH's branch.
  • The three veterans hospitals in Yuli, Fenglin and Taitung were included into VGH as our local branches.
    2013
    The three veterans hospitals in Yuli, Fenglin and Taitung were incorporated as the TVGH's branches.
  • Zhudong Veterans Hospital was included into VGH as our Hsinchu branch.
    2013
    Zhudong Veterans Hospital was incorporated as TVGH's branch.
  • Taipei Veterans General Hospital now.
    2019
    Main building of Taipei Veterans General Hospital.

1959

In 1949,  the R.O.C. central government moved to Taiwan. To take care of veterans and their families as a central policy, in 1959, “Taiwan Veterans General Hospital, Veterans Employment Council, Executive Yuan” (行政院國軍退除役官兵就業輔導委員會臺灣榮民總醫院) was established in Shipai (石牌), Taipei.

1963

The hospital was renamed as "Veterans General Hospital, Veterans Employment Council, Executive Yuan" (行政院國軍退除役官兵就業輔導委員會榮民總醫院) from "Taiwan Veterans General Hospital, Employment Affairs Council, Executive Yuan."

1966

The hospital was renamed as "Veterans General Hospital, Veterans Affairs Council, Executive Yuan" (行政院國軍退除役官兵輔導委員會榮民總醫院) from "Veterans General Hospital, Veterans Employment Council, Executive Yuan."

1982

The hospital's Taichung (臺中) branch was established.

1988

The hospital's Taichung branch became independent and was renamed as "Taichung Veterans General Hospital (臺中榮民總醫院)."  Also, TVGH was renamed as "Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Veterans Affairs Council, Executive Yuan (行政院國軍退除役官兵輔導委員會臺北榮民總醫院)."

1990

The hospital's Kaohsiung (高雄) branch was established.

1993

The hospital's Kaohsiung branch became independent and was renamed as "Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital (高雄榮民總醫院)."

2011

Su'ao (蘇澳) and Yuanshan (員山) Veterans Hospitals were incorporated into TVGH as our Su'ao and Yuanshan branches.

2012

Taoyuan (桃園) Veterans Hospital was incorporated into TVGH as our Taoyuan branch.

2013

Zhudong (竹東) Veterans Hospital was incorporated into TVGH as our Hsinchu (新竹) branch.

2013

The three veterans hospitals in Yuli (玉里), Fenglin (鳳林) and Taitung (臺東) were incorporated into TVGH as our local branches.

2013

TVGH was renamed as "Taipei Veterans General Hospital (臺北榮民總醫院) " from "Veterans General Hospital, Veterans Affairs Council, Executive Yuan."

 

4The Three Promoters that Helped Build the Hospital

Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國)– Determined to establish the hospital

While the hospital was being built, former president Chiang Ching-kuo who was the minister of the Veterans Affairs Council at the time (1956) asked the construction team to achieve the following: "the latest facilities, the most outstanding doctors, the highest medical ethics, the most beautiful environs, and the best management."

Superintendent Lu Chih-te (盧致德)– Setting up the hospital's organizational structure, devoting to the founding of the hospital

Former president Chiang Ching-kuo entrusted principal of the National Defense Medical Center Lu Chih-te who was also an army general to establish Taiwan Veterans General Hospital. Lu then gathered up nearly 30 of the center's medical professionals to be the hospital's founding team, actively carrying out the project. Lu was key to the foundation of the hospital.

Superintendent Tsou Chi-hsun (鄒濟勳) – Enhancing hospital management, emphasizing staff member expertise, and cultivating new talents for the future

Superintendent Tsou recruited experts only for the hospital. He brought the hospital forward immensely and set up an open vision. Many reforms and innovations were completed during his term. The hospital improved a great deal with his assistance, becoming a top-grade medical center in Taiwan.

  • The Three Angels that Helped to Build the Hospital

    The three promoters that helped build the hospital

  • 1959 Former vice president Chen Cheng (left) visited the hospital's departments

    In 1959, Vice President Chen Cheng (陳誠, foreground left) visited the hospital.

  • 1958 Deputy veteran affairs minister Chiang Ching-kuo (central) inspected the hospital site.

    In 1958, Acting Veteran Affairs Minister Chiang Ching-kuo (center) inspected the hospital site.

  • Principal Lu Chih-te and Mrs. Kohlberg hosted the start-of-construction ceremony of the Alfred Kohlberg Memorial Medical Research Laboratory

    In 1962, Superintendent  Lu Chih-te and Mrs. Kohlberg hosted the ground-breaking ceremony of the Alfred Kohlberg Memorial Medical Research Laboratory (柯柏醫學科學研究紀念館).

  • Phase-1 refurbishment plan – Zhongzheng Building (later renamed as Siyuan Building)

    In 1981, Phase-1 refurbishment plan of the Chung-cheng Building (later renamed as Shih-yuan Building) began.

  • Former principal Tsou Chih-hsun pressed a button to indicate the inauguration of the first computer center of Taiwan’s medical community

    In 1978, Superintendent Tsou Chi-hsun pressed a button to indicate the inauguration of the first computer center of Taiwan's medical community.

 

5Hallway of the Past

Stories of Our Medical Experts

Stories of our medical experts are presented in the form of digital multi-media, instead of paper copies or physical exhibition space. Here, the hospital's superindentents, vice superindentends, and department and division heads are introduced.

TVGH Chronology

"TVGH Chronology" is presented on a large touch wall with a nostalgic aura. It systematically leads visitors to explore the hospital in different times.

  • We present medical professionals’ stories in the form of digital multi-media

    Medical professionals' stories are presented in the form of digital multi-media.

  • Large touch-screens and a nostalgic setting are used for the presentations here

    Large touch-screens and a nostalgic setting are used for the presentations here.

  • Twist buttons to read the hospital’s history

    Twist buttons to read the hospital's history.

 

6A Hospital that Looks after National Leaders

Since its foundation, the hospital has looked after many national leaders, such as late president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣中正) and his wife, late president Yen Chia-kan (嚴家淦) and his wife, late president Chiang Ching-kuo and his wife, late president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), late vice president Lee Yuan-tsu (李元簇), and former vice president Vincent Siew (蕭萬長). We provide medical care and health care to these important figures.

  • Mr. Chiang Ching-kuo’s wheelchair

    Late President Chiang Ching-kuo's wheelchair

  • VGH’s presidential ward in early days – War VI

    Ward VI--TVGH's presidential ward

  • Former president Ma Ying-jeou tested blood pressure

    Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) tested blood pressure here.

 

7Achievements and Innovations

Research being one of the hospital's three missions, this section shows our medical skills and services, as well as our research and innovations. Other than showcasing the facilities we have used throughout the years, here, push notifications are used to explain the exhibited objects in detail, including their years of use. Somatosensory technology is also used to present our high-tech innovations for medical treatment and medical research, many of which have broken domestic/international records. We take pride in our variety of items displayed here – we are the best!

  • The “innovations cabinet” showcases our medical facilities

    The "innovations cabinet" showcases our medical equipment.

  • A rich collections of objects on display

    A rich collection of artifacts on display

  • A manually-operated mechanical machine for neck X-rays

    A manually-operated mechanical machine for neck X-rays

  • Early-day handmade prosthesis

    Early-day handmade prostheses

  • A medical equipment display

    A medical equipment display

  • The push notification area showcases medical technologies and innovations, as well as medical research results

    The push notification area showcases medical technologies and innovations, as well as medical research results.

 

8Education & Training

We are the first medical teaching hospital in the country which established a medical research department. Our high-quality clinical teaching is the key to cultivating medical professionals. The department has been there to improve the quality of clinical teaching at our hospital, even inspiring other hospitals to do the same.

  • The beautifully designed space encourages visitors to immerse in the displays

    The beautifully designed space encourages visitors to immerse in the displays.

  • The diversified designs demonstrate our core values for medical education

    The diversified designs demonstrate our core values for medical education.

  • Early-day X-ray film viewer

    Early-day X-ray film viewer

 

9International / Domestic Aid

We see international / domestic medical aid as one of our main missions. In 2008, we went to Sichuan (四川), China after a severe earthquake took place there. In 2010, we quickly arrived in Haiti to help, also after a major local earthquake. In 2015, we offered medical aid in Nepal. Domestically, we provided assistance to victims of the 921 Earthquake, SARS, and a waterpark explosion. In all, we have provided much humanitarian medical aid and post-disaster reconstruction to disaster-stricken countries and our own country.

2015 Press coverage on our post-disaster aid in Nepal (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

  •  International/domestic aid: VGH provides humanitarian medical aid

    International/domestic aid: TVGH provides humanitarian medical aid

  •  Press coverage on our post-disaster aid in Nepal (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

    A 2015 press coverage on our post-disaster aid in Nepal (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

  • 2010、2013 Press coverage on our volunteer clinics in northern Thailand (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

    Press coverage in 2010 and 2013 on our volunteer clinics in northern Thailand (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

  • 2010、2013 VGH carried out a medical project for ethnic Chinese in northern Thailand (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

    In 2010 and 2013, TVGH carried out medical missions for ethnic Chinese in northern Thailand (watch our YouTube video in a new window)

  •  We signed a medical cooperation contract with our Saudi Arabian counterpart

    In 1978, TVGH signed a medical cooperation contract with our Saudi Arabian counterpart.

  •  Our medical team went to post-earthquake Sichuan to provide on-site medical aid

    In 2008, our medical team went to post-earthquake Sichuan, China to provide on-site medical aid.

 

10CSR

We take initiatives to participate in CSR work, contributing ourselves actively. In early years, we were already giving back to society. For instance, in 1970, we assisted Saudi Arabia. In 1979, we helped out Vietnam. Recently in 2006, we held free clinics in Papua New Guinea. In 2010 and 2013, we also held such clinics in northern Thailand. We have been going out of our ways to do good to society, bringing care from Taiwan to the needed corners of the world.

International exchange

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