2017 / 3月
Sanya Huang /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Robert Green
Throughout the six decades since its founding in 1955, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yunlin County has been watching over the health of the local population. Several times it has been voted the best medical center in Yunlin, and has received 11 Medical Dedication Awards. It acts as a good neighbor (in the Christian sense) to the people of Yunlin. Nicknamed the “three treasures of St. Joseph’s,” senior staff members Father Antoine Pierrot, chaplain Godelieve Franssens and pediatrician Dr. Marguerite Billiet traveled from abroad to dedicate their lives to St. Joseph’s. Today, now that Yunlin has numerous medical centers, St. Joseph’s has fulfilled the mission that it undertook in a different era, and the three are growing old. How then can they pass the torch of holistic care to a new generation and continue to deliver health and hope? This is the challenge the hospital faces as it seeks to transform and modernize itself.