The Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation ("Foundation") is well established with a history of one and a quarter centuries. In 1887, Sir Kai Ho Kai generously made a donation for the building of the Alice Memorial Hospital in memory of her beloved wife who died in 1884. It was the first hospital in Hong Kong that served the local poor Chinese with western medicine. The Hospital, under the management of the former London Missionary Society (now known as the Council for World Mission), aimed to serve patients and the community with the love, tenderness and care of Christ. Two other hospitals, Nethersole Hospital and Ho Miu Ling Hospital, were commissioned in 1893 and 1906 respectively. The three hospitals were then incorporated by Ordinance under the corporate name of The Executive Committee of The Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital ("EC, AHNH") in 1954.
Though having experienced the changes of over one century, we still endeavour to stick to the philosophy of serving with "compassionate love" and to strive for providing multi-discipline medical and nursing care to the people of Hong Kong. In 1970's, the EC, AHNH assisted in the planning and commissioning of the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong. In 1993, the Hospital at mid-levels was decanted to Chai Wan and assisted in the commissioning of the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. In 1997, the Hospital was relocated from the Hong Kong Island to Tai Po, the northern part of the New Territories. It is now a district acute general hospital and a member hospital of the New Territories East Cluster of the Hospital Authority.
We established the United Christian Nethersole Community Health Service jointly with the United Christian Medical Service in 1997, the same year when we established the Clinical Pastoral Education Training Centre. In 1999, 2003 and 2007, we started to operate the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Nursing Home in Kowloon Bay, Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Elderly Care Home in Sau Mau Ping of Kwun Tong (service contract completed at the end of 2008), and the United Christian Nethersole Care Home in Kwun Tong. These elderly homes have dedicated to providing quality long term residential care to the seniors and the persons in need. The Nethersole Institute of Continuing Holistic Health Education was set up in 2002 to further develop and promulgate holistic health and caring culture, and to promote the Nethersole spirit of compassionate love, through education and research.
In order to fully reflect, facilitate and enhance the development of our diversified services, as well as to avoid the confusion that may arise as the name of EC, AHNH also bears the name of the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, which is under the management and control of the Hospital Authority, the corporate name of EC, AHNH has been changed to "Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation" upon the enactment of the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation Ordinance (CAP 1181) in May 2008. The Ordinance provides that EC, AHNH is preserved and continues in existence as a body corporate under the new corporate name of the Foundation, and its corporate identity, rights and obligations are not being affected but to continue.
Looking ahead, we shall continue to commit and dedicate ourselves to the provision of holistic health care services for the community.