Patrick Hung’s journey as a donor at Scarborough Health Network (SHN) began in 2015 with Dr. Ying Lu, head of ophthalmology, although their patient-physician relationship stems back almost 20 years. In order to truly show his appreciation and support for Dr. Lu, Mr. Hung made what would be the first of many incredibly generous donations to the SHN Birchmount Eye Centre.
“Patrick is one of the most brilliant, humble and gracious individuals I’ve met in my life,” said Dr. Lu. “He came to me for his eye care 20 years ago and I’ve been his primary eye specialist ever since. Coming from a prominent Confucius family, Patrick exemplifies hard work, kindness and contribution to society.”
Patrick and his wife Angela made their first major donation to SHN toward the purchase of a laser cataract machine for the Eye Centre, which is recognized as the regional centre of excellence, performing 6,000 eye surgeries annually. Dr. Lu used this new equipment to perform the first-ever laser cataract surgery in an Ontario public hospital on August 24, 2016.
But it didn’t end there, the Hungs’ philanthropy continued over the years, inspiring other Eye Centre surgeons to make donations for further equipment purchases. Most recently in 2018, with major contribution from Patrick and Angela Hung, the ophthalmology department was able to purchase two brand new surgical ophthalmic microscopes. As Dr.Lu points out, this collaboration is a perfect demonstration of the impact that can be made when a hospital and its patients and physicians come together to build strong, cooperative relationships.
In honour of the Hungs’ generous donation of $500,000 to SHN over the past four years, the Birchmount Eye Centre reception was redesigned and renamed the Patrick and Angela Hung Eye Centre Reception. Designer Ferruccio Sardella created a space that would be warm and welcoming to its patients and visitors.
“The space is very representative of the Scarborough community,” said Sardella. “With vibrant colours and imagery of Scarborough landscapes throughout, patients will truly feel right at home.”
On Wednesday, May 15, many were in attendance for the reopening of the Eye Centre held by the SHN Foundation in celebration of the new name and redesigned space, as well as the arrival of the two new microscopes. During the event, the Hungs were very pleased with the newly redesigned reception area, and hope it will help patients to feel the same level of comfort and warmth that they did upon Patrick’s very first visit.
Although Patrick and Angela live in Hong Kong year-round, the couple looks forward to the same day every year, when they return to Scarborough for Mr. Hung’s regular appointment with Dr. Lu, with the knowledge and trust that the excellent care Patrick receives at SHN is always worth the trip and their peace of mind.
“Patrick is able to receive his care anywhere in the world, but continues to choose the Scarborough Health Network because of the excellence of our physicians and staff,” said Dr. Lu. “He continues to donate to SHN because he truly appreciates the great care he receives and strongly believes in our mission to transform health care in Scarborough.”