A Chronicle of Events

1872.3.9 Dr. George Leslie MacKay, a Canadian citizen, arrived in Hobe (Tamshui) and began medical missionary work on June 1st of the same year.
1880 After accepting a US$ 3,000 donation from the widow of a ship’s captain also surnamed MacKay, the first western medical institution in Northern Taiwan, the Hobe MacKay Clinic, was set up by Dr. MacKay in Tamshui.
1884.8.5 French warships fired upon Tamshui in a war with Ching Dynasty China. The Hobe MacKay Clinic helped provide emergency medical care for wounded soldiers, which might be considered as the first kind of Red Cross endeavor in Taiwan.
1900.4.25 The Hobe MacKay Clinic received the formal approval of the Japanese colonial government.
1901.6.2 Dr. MacKay died at his place of residence in Tamshui and the Hobe MacKay Clinic was temporarily closed.
1905.11.3 Dr. J.Y. Ferguson of the Canadian Presbyterian Church and his wife, came to Taiwan. Hobe MacKay Clinic was reopened the following year.
1911 Dr. Ferguson suggested that the medical center be moved from Tamshui to Taipei, and in honor of Dr. MacKay, the Hobe MacKay Clinic be renamed the ‘MacKay Memorial Hospital.’
1912.12.26 The MacKay Memorial Hospital held a ceremony for its completion. Dr. Ferguson served as the hospital’s first Superintendent
1913.9 Miss Isabel Elliot of the Canadian Presbyterian Church came to Taiwan and founded the ‘Nursing College.’ Most of the nurses in northern Taiwan in these early years received their training here, becoming trained as nurses.
1918.6 Suffering the affect by World War I, with shortages of both medicines and nursing staff, the MacKay Memorial Hospital closed for six years.
1924 Dr. G. Taylor provided free medical treatment to patients with leprosy from around the island, and planned the setting up of a leprosarium. Finally, on April 30th, 1934, the Happy Mountain Leprosarium was established.
1925.1.1 The MacKay Memorial Hospital resumed operations, with Dr. G. Taylor serving as Superintendent.
1956.9 The MacKay Memorial Hospital established the Social Service Department, which sent traveling medical teams to remote mountain areas.
1964 The nation’s first children’s polio rehabilitation center was set up.
1965 The Counseling Center was established.
1966 The first cleft lip and cleft palate treatment center was set up.
1967 The first intensive care unit (ICU) in Taiwan was set up, with12 beds, to provide care for seriously ill patients.
1968 A fund of 1 million NT dollar was raised for the diagnosis and treatment of polio in children, cleft lip, and children’s burns.
1969 The first suicide prevention and treatment center development lifeline in Southeast Asia was created. Free traveling medical clinic services were provided to 17 tribes in Yilan County’s Taipingshan, and first aid education courses were started.
1970.10.2 The MacKay Advanced Nursing College was established to cultivate outstanding professional expertise in nursing.
1971 A system whereby patients could register with the physicians of their choice was implemented for the first time in Taiwan.
1972.4.7 The MacKay Memorial Hospital’s Tamshui branch was set up.
1975.12 The Counseling Center added a safety line to provide telephone consultation services.
1979 The nation’s first neonatal intensive care unit was established.
1979.7.15 The Fuyuan Street explosion incident occurred in Taipei city, and the hospital responded in a Christian spirit, putting all its efforts into rescuing the injured, receiving positive views from society at large.
1980 Penghu’s free clinic began operations.
1980 We engaged in blood bank consultancy work with hospitals nationwide, training advanced technical staff and responsible physicians for the blood banks of other hospitals.
1982 The Hospital began to send physicians to Orchid Island, to provide long-term medical services there. It was quite unprecedented for a hospital to do so at that time.
1982.3.25 In the Futien coal mine disaster in Taipei’s Neihu District, doctors and nurses from MacKay Memorial Hospital were among the first group of rescuers to risk their lives in the collapsed tunnel. The bravery of these medical workers exemplified the ‘MacKay Hospital Model’.
1987.8.15 Taitung MacKay Memorial Hospital was established, providing medical treatment services to the mountainous hinterland.
1988.11.12 Combining resources with private interests, the Childrens Burn Foundation of the ROC was set up.
1990.2 The MacKay Memorial Hospital established Taiwan’s first hospice in Tamshui. This made Taiwan the 18th country in the world to set up a hospice care, and at the same time the Hospice Foundation of Taiwan was set up.
1992.1.16 The ROC Premature Birth Foundation was set up as a joint effort with private interests.
1993 The Taiwan children’s blood cancer treatment program was undertaken by the Children’s Hematology Department.
1994.11.23 The hospital founded the first demonstration burn ward in Taiwan. A joint medical team of plastic surgeons, rehabilitation physicians and therapists, nursing staff and social workers collaborated to form a joint medical care team.
1996.9.26 Traveling medical services were begun on Little Kinmen, with the first batch of colleagues led by Superintendent Kun-Wu Tsan.
1996.11.25 The nation’s first rape crisis management center was established.
1998 A premature labor prevention clinic was established.
1998.4.27 MacKay Tamshui established the Hospice and Palliative Care Demonstration Center.
1998.8.1 The MacKay Advanced Nursing College was restructured as the MacKay Medicine, Nursing and Management College.
1998.9.19 The MacKay Memorial Hospital’s Taitung branch instituted the ‘Orchid Island & Green Island Plan’, providing medical treatment services to the remote areas of Orchid Island and Green Island.
1998.11.27 Taipei City Government’s Department of Social Welfare commissioned MacKay Memorial Hospital to establish the first day care center administered by a hospital, the Datong Day Care Center for the Elderly.
1999.12 Traveling medical treatment began in Hsinchu County’s Wufeng Township and Jianshi Township.
2000.1 Assisting with reconstruction after the 9-21 earthquake, a medical team was sent to Renai Township in Nantou County for a period lasting six months. Employees also donated over NT$10,000,000 to victims of the disaster.
2000.5.8 MacKay Memorial Hospital passed the accreditation process and was designated as a medical center.
2000.5.22 Vice Superintendent F.Y. Huang became Deputy Director of the Department of Health.
2001.5 The ‘IDS Plan’ for Hsinchu County’s Jianshi Township was undertaken, with family medicine physicians and nursing staff being staffed there long-term.
2001.3.9 100th anniversary events were held to commemorate Dr. MacKay’s passing away.
2001.6.1 Ceremony for issuance of stamps commemorating Dr. MacKay’s passing away was held.
2001.6.2 Taipei County’s Tamshui Township set June 2nd as MacKay Day.
2002 MacKay Memorial Hospital’s Taitung Branch undertook Orchid Island’s ‘IDS project’.
2002.6.1 The Innovation Incubation Center was established.
2002.11.30 Hsinchu MacKay Memorial Hospital was opened.
2003.4-7 The entire hospital dedicated itself to proactive anti-SARS efforts, without concern for profit or loss, becoming the private hospital accepting the largest number of SARS patients.
2003.8 Anti-SARS thanksgiving ceremonies were held at both Taipei and Tamshui hospitals.
2003.9 Hsinchu MacKay undertook the ‘IDS Plan’ for Hsinchu County’s Wufeng Township.
2004.1.1 MacKay Nursing College continued to add sections, and had its name changed to MacKay Medicine, Nursing and Management College.
2004.12 Hsinchu MacKay won the National Biotechnology Medical Quality bronze award and was awarded the Symbol of National Quality mark.
2005.11.2 The MacKay Memorial Hospital Suicide Prevention and Control Center was established, and inaugurated with a personal visit from the Director of Health, Hou Sheng-mao.
2005.6 MacKay Medical College was officially approved and established.
2006.3.17 A miscarriage prevention model ward set up.
2006.11 The hospital was rated first in Global Views Monthly magazine’s National Service Industry Service Quality Survey.
2007.4.17 Hsinchu MacKay was awarded the Department of Health and Welfare’s Award for the Control of Communicable Diseases, the first in the country for six-star epidemic prevention.
2007.5.3 Work began on the Second Phase Treatment Building at Hsinchu MacKay.
2007.9.10 MacKay Memorial Hospital promoted the ‘Lighting Project’ to provide nutritionally-prepared meal packages self-developed by the hospital to older people living alone.
2007.12.22 Tamshui MacKay building officially opened, and held a thanksgiving worship.
2008.3.18 A ‘Remote and Home Care Service Center’ was established. Its range of operations includes remote care, home nursing and the Datong Elderly Day Care Center. In December 2008, it was awarded the bronze award of the 2008 National Biotechnology Medical Quality Award.
2008.5.21 MacKay Memorial Hospital passed a new system for evaluation excellence as a hospital and evaluation excellence as a teaching hospital.
2008.11.26 The Human Trials Committee was accredited with SIDCER’s Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP), and formally moved towards an international case review.
2009.2.26 The Medical Research Department signed cooperation project agreements with several outstanding domestic science and technology universities to upgrade biomedical technology.
2009.4.17 MacKay College of Medicine was approved by the Ministry of Education to accept enrollment from students, to cultivate an outstanding medical team elite possessing charitable love for its mission of taking care of vulnerable groups, to inherit and expand the spirit of medical evangelism.
2009.8 After the Typhoon Morakot disaster, the hospital’s various branches dispatched medical teams to provide material support and resources, and mobilize employees for contributions to help with post-disaster reconstruction.
2009.8.27 We promoted a ‘New Hospice Campaign’ to include non-cancerous terminal-stage diseases in the first medical center of hospice care.
2009.11.12 The hospital won the eighth National Public-spirited Award.
2010 The Rare Disease Inter-disciplinary Team received the Special Contribution Award from the International Pratt-Willi Syndrome Organization (IPWSO) for its outstanding achievements in Asia. Admission numbers for patients with mucopolysaccharidosis, Pratt-Willi syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta and other suchlike diseases are the highest in the country.
2010.5.29 Hsinchu MacKay’s Second Phase Treatment Building was opened with a total of 474 beds.
2010.10.29 The Suicide Prevention and Control Center became the first ‘discriminatory behavioral treatment center’ in Asia. The following year, it was awarded the Symbol of National Quality mark for the Hospital category’s Hospital Specialized Treatment Group as Asia’s benchmark suicide prevention hospital.
2011 The nursing home was awarded the Symbol of National Quality for the Nursing Care Service category’s Quality Institutional Care, and the 2010 bronze award of the National Biotechnology Medical Quality Awards.
2011.3.25 The hospital was awarded the Executive Yuan Council of Indigenous People’s 10th Aboriginal Daybreak Award.
2012.4.24 A ground-breaking thanksgiving ceremony was held for the Taitung MacKay’s new medical building.
2012.9.15 Superintendent Zhang Guan-yu of Taitung MacKay won the 22nd Medical Contribution Award.
2012.11.12 To commemorate the 140th anniversary of Dr. MacKay’s landing in Tamshui and the 100th anniversary of the relocation of the hospital, The Black-bearded Barbarian – Dr. MacKay’s animated biography DVD and comics were published.
2012.11.22 A mobile registration software app was introduced, to enhance convenience in medical treatment for the public.
2012.12.18 With the results of a unique digitized model of cross-team discharge program and a newborn babies hearing screening program, the hospital was awarded the Symbol of National Quality Mark Certification and 2012 National Biotechnology Medical Quality Award’s bronze medal in the Hospital Information Management Group of the Hospital category.
2012.12.31 MacKay Memorial Hospital passed evaluation and was accredited as a hospital and a teaching hospital and with medical center task review then received medical center qualification.
2013.1 Treatment program for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (TPOG-ALL-2013 Protocol) was implemented nationwide.
2013.4.16 Taitung MacKay Acute and Critical Illnesses Medical Building held a thanksgiving worship upon completion of the roof.
2013.5.16 Application was made for the establishment of MacKay Children’s Hospital.
2013.6.1 Production of the Taiwanese opera ‘A Powerful Wave Crashes on the Coast ─ MacKay, a Taiwanese Son-in-law’ had its grand public opening in Tamshui.
2013.9.3 ‘Dr. MacKay’s Comes to Campus Project’ charitably donated Dr. MacKay’s cartoon biography to all elementary schools in Taiwan in districts where our hospitals are located, to serve as extra-curricular reading.
2013 Six centers – a Pain Treatment Center, a Medical Beauty Center, a Quality Control Center, a Nutritional Medicine Center, a Clinical Trials Management Center, and a Biomedical Development Center were established. Tamshui MacKay iodine -131 ward was opened.
2013.10.26 Honorary President Wu Zai-cheng was awarded the 23rd Medical Contribution Award.
2014 Tamshui MacKay completed a hybrid operation room, which will continue to upgrade surgical techniques and standards, and at the same time a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation ward was set up to provide a more complete treatment.
2014.5.1 Taitung MacKay acute illness medical building was christened Benevolence Building and opened.
2014.11.25 We completed the first Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) for a Taiwanese Medical Group, and received the positive acclaim of the Taiwan Top 50 Corporate Sustainability Report Award / Gold Award for Non-profit Organizations.
2014.12.29 Foundation for the Presbyterian Church of Christ in Taiwan MacKay Memorial Foundation for Social Welfare MacKay Children’s Hospital received the approval of the Taipei City Government’s Department of Health and was approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare as ‘Certified Children’s Hospital (Medical Center)’.
2015 For the 135th Anniversary Celebrations, we organized nationwide Taiwanese opera showings of ‘A Powerful Wave Crashes on the Coast — MacKay, a Taiwanese Son-in-law.
2015.6.27 After the Formosa Fun Coast explosion, both Taipei and Tamshui Hospitals committed all available rescue resources, becoming the hospitals receiving the largest number of burn patients suffering more than 50% body area burns, and were awarded the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Emergency Medical Care Contribution Award, once again demonstrating the ‘MacKay Hospital Model’.
2015.10.28 The hospital won the First Award of Next Magazine 12th Service Awards.
2015.10.31 MacKay Children’s Hospital senior physician Professor Huang Fu-yuan won the 25th Medical Contribution Award.
2015.12.10 Taitung MacKay was awarded evaluation of excellence as a regional hospital by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2016.01.13 Tamshui MacKay’s emergency medical ability passed assessment as a hospital graded as a Hospital with Responsibility for Critical Illnesses.
2016.06.23 Certificate of Incorporation was received.
2016.10.01 Vice Superintendent of Taitung MacKay, Bai Ming-zhong, won the 26th Medical Contribution Award.