The University of Hong Kong received $1.244 billion from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (HKJC) on June 28, 2017. The gift is the largest single donation to date in HKU’s history.
The unprecedented pledge will help establish a Centre for Clinical Innovation and Discovery (CCID) and an Institute of Cancer Care (ICC, name to be finalised) at the redeveloped Grantham Hospital; and support their pre-commissioning programmes. The CCID and ICC will form part of the elements of a “Ten-year Blueprint for Hospital Development”, the significant undertaking by the Government.
The CCID and ICC are scheduled for completion in 2024, and are to serve 220,000 patients, caregivers, and students per year. Looking ahead, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine will be instrumental in realising Hong Kong’s first purpose-built cancer-specific research and service centre at the new Grantham Hospital.
From left: Mr Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration; Professor Arthur Li, Council Chairman of HKU; Dr Simon Ip, Chairman of HKJC; Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer of HKJC
Professor Arthur Li, Council Chairman
|“We are extremely excited to work with the Government, the Hospital Authority and the Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest and Heart Diseases Association; and to partner with The Hong Kong Jockey Club in the development of a holistic cancer care paradigm for Hong Kong.”|
|“The establishment of these two institutions as part of the redevelopment of Grantham Hospital represents an important milestone. By bringing together cancer research, advanced cancer therapies and cancer-related care services under one roof, it will facilitate the speedy transfer of research findings into practical bedside solutions.”|
Dr Simon Ip, Chairman of HKJC
From left: Mr Steve Lan, Chairman of Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest and Heart Diseases Association; Dr Ko Wing-Man, Secretary for Food and Health; Mr Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration; Dr Simon Ip, Chairman of HKJC; Professor Arthur Li, Council Chairman of HKU; Professor John Leong, Chairman of Hospital Authority