Taipei, April 24 (CNA) A handwritten Bible of more than 2,000 pages compiled by more than 600 medical staff from Mackay Memorial Hospital and local dignitaries in Taitung was unveiled Tuesday at a ground-breaking ceremony for a new building at the hospital's branch in eastern Taiwan.
The staff and board members from the hospital's Taitung branch volunteered to copy out Bible passages by hand in their off-duty hours a year ago when the hospital started to raise funds for the new building.
The Bible will be cherished as a treasure of the hospital, and the medical staff will follow the commands in the Bible to safeguard the health of its patients, said Yang Yuh-cheng, the hospital' supervisor, who attended the ceremony.
The hospital's Taitung branch, which was established in 1987, has been improving medical services in the eastern county and the new building will provide better emergency services and treatment for patients suffering from serious diseases, said Yang.
Taitung Magistrate Huang Jian-ting, who also attended the ground-breaking, expressed his gratitude to the hospital, which has made great contributions to the county over the last 24 years.
Huang said the new facility will open a new page for health care in the county.
(By Tyson Lu and Maia Huang)