The charity arm of the hospital has come a long way since its early beginnings; however, its initial mission of serving the poor has not diminished even until now. Back when the hospital was known as the Seventh-Day Adventist Mission Clinic, the words ‘Poor Treated Free” were proudly displayed on the clinic’s signboard.
Today, the hospital’s mission remain unchanged and we have continued to provide quality healthcare even to those who were unable to fully meet the cost of their medical bills. This is made possible by the availability of the hospital’s various funds and the support of the community.
Medical Charity Funds
Penang Adventist Hospital have been actively involved in charity work since its inception in 1924. Through the hospital’s development over the years, charity work has never stopped. As a not-for-profit healthcare facility in the northern region of Malaysia, Penang Adventist Hospital have been able to mend hearts and change lives because corporate citizens as well as individual donors have shown that they care and made a lifetime of difference in the lives of the less fortunate.
Medical Charity Funds available for those in need of medical assistance are:
Dr. J. Earl Gardner FundProvides free or subsidised financial aid to needy patients suffering from chronic illness in areas of tumour, cleft palate repair, scoliosis, stroke and major surgeries. The fund disbursed RM 552,039 and assisted 21 patients in 2019.
Patient Heart FundProvides free or subsidised financial aid to needy patients suffering from heart ailments. The fund disbursed RM 566,459 and assisted 24 patients in 2019.
Cancer FundProvides free or subsidised financial aid to needy cancer patients to undergo cancer related treatment. The fund disbursed RM 349,447 and assisted 14 patients in 2019.
Welfare FundIncome received by the Hospital during Sabbath (sunset Friday to sunset Saturday) are channeled towards this fund which provides free or subsidized financial aid to needy patients in dialysis, cataract surgeries, admission bills and minor surgeries. The fund disbursed RM 468,833 and assisted 102 patients in 2019.
General FundProvides financial aid to support the development & expansion of the Hospital, upgrading of the facilities, training of staff and sponsorship of nursing students. The fund disbursed RM 840,000 and sponsored 30 nursing students in 2019.
The Medical Welfare Unit - The Engine Of Hope
The Medical Welfare Unit is a caring and responsive team that serves people who are sick, or with physical or mental disorder with financial advice and other support services.
As a responsible steward of the charity funds, the team ensures full accountability and transparency of each charity case presented to the relevant committees for review and approval of charity fund disbursement.
In addition to providing a listening ear and assisting patients in need within the hospital setting, the Medical Welfare Officers conduct post-surgery visit to follow up on their recuperation status. Alternatively, a Medical Welfare Officer may call patients for updates of their medical status.
The joy of seeing the patients’ smiling faces is the greatest gift for the Medical Welfare Officers who visit our patients to show that we care for them even after providing financial aid for their treatments and surgeries.