VANCOUVER - A new, state-of-the-art research centre will be established at Vancouver General Hospital, housing three internationally-recognized research programs and named after Robert H.N. Ho in honour of his $15-million donation, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.
"I have lived my life according to the motto that has guided our family for three generations, 'Before you receive, you must first give,'" said Mr. Ho
"This gift was inspired by my friendship with VGH's
Dr. Anthony Fung, who convinced me to contribute to these important research projects.
I am proud to play a part in helping improve the lives of people from across B.C. and around the world."
The Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre
will house hundreds of scientists and clinicians pioneering new treatments and cures for patients with prostate and ovarian cancers, as well as hip and mobility issues.
gift will also fund enhancements in the cardiac investigation and intervention unit, including new equipment and research to improve cardiac care for patients in British Columbia and around the world.
"VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
thanks Mr. Ho
generosity and leadership to help meet the growing need for complex care at our hospitals for people from across our province."
is well known for his
global philanthropic vision and leadership.
He is the chairman of The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation and of Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, and has made a number of significant gifts to organizations around the world including Colgate University in New York; Hong Kong University; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England; Stanford University; and the University of British Columbia.
has also previously supported cardiology equipment and patient care at VGH
In honour of Mr. Ho's
generosity, the new building will be officially known as the Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre and will be built across from the Jim Pattison Pavilion at VGH
, located at Laurel Street and West 10th Avenue.