Church-run Hospital Joins Blood Drive

By Yi Yang, March 01, 2018 07:03 AM

Group photo: the staff of Luzhou Gospel Hospital Luxian Branch and workers from Luzhou's blood drawing station (Feb. 12, 2018)

On February 12, 2018, Luzhou Gospel Hospital Luxian Branch in Sichuan joined a blood drive launched by the city's blood drawing station.

Fifty hospital workers signed up to donate and 39 were qualified to join after a test. The total volume of donated blood reached around 97,000 ml. Some donors were first.- time donors.

Founded in 1913, Luzhou Gospel Hospital grew out of a temporary pharmacy started by a Canadian missionary from an association called Bible Christians in Luzhou. The hospital got high renown in China during the Republic Defense War. With the advantage of western medicine in Orthopedic Traumatology, the hospital provided a great convenience for soldiers and ordinary people in the chaos of war. At that time, the Gospel Hospital became the most beautiful gospel for the local patients.

According to the memoir of I. E. Revelle, Canadian president of the Luzhou Gospel Hospital at the time, "All the patients, from little beggar boys to local officials, showed friendship and respect toward Gospel Hospital."

During the war, the hospital was bombed by the Japanese army. In 2000, with the efforts of local Christian churches, the church medical project was restarted. The hospital resurrected in 2009 after the Chinese government allowed religious groups to engage in the medical field.

The Luxian branch was built in 2016 after local officials inspected the hospital and advised it to expand its reach to grassroots areas like districts and counties. 

- Translated by Karen Luo

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