By Steve,PR, SHC-LA
Los Angeles, CA – September 5, 2007 – The Honorable Wan Koo Lee, Governor of the Chungcheongnam do Province in the Republic of South Korea visited Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angles today. During his visit, he toured the hospital and viewed a demonstration of a telemedicine system which has the potential to assist in the treatment of Korean patients by Shriners physicians.
Telemedicine, or real-time videoconferencing, allows Shriners Hospitals for Children physicians to serve patients who live great distances from the hospital. The program offers many benefits for our young patients and their families. Along with expanding outreach care and lowering transportation costs it also reduces a patient’s time away from their family, school and decreases their parents’ absences’ from work.
Governor Lee also presented hospital administrator Terry Cunningham with a donation of $5,000 and a proclamation which read, “I and the people of Chungcheongnam do Province present this donation as proof of gratitude for the medical and surgical care that your staff provides to the physically challenged children of the province. I hope that this donation will help cure children in need throughout the world.”
John Lorant, M.D., plastic surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the USC Keck School of Medicine recently traveled to Korea on a visit to reach out to pediatric burn patients. Over his three day visit, Dr. Lorant and his team evaluated between 60 – 100 children for admission to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles. Says Dr. Lorant, “Currently, approximately 3% of our patients originate from South Korea. The country has an excellent medical system and we were warmly welcomed by our Korean colleagues. The Shriners clinical team partnered with local Korean physicians to show them the latest advances in burn reconstruction treatment.”
Governor Lee then capped off his visit to the hospital with a traditional Korean luncheon shared with staff and patients of the hospital. The lunch was generously provided by the local Choong Chung Society of Southern California which is located in Los Angeles not far from the hospital. The group supports Korean children during their stay at the hospital.