Wing K. Chung and his late wife Alice Lee-Tsing Chung.Photo: Courtesy of the Chung family With his latest gift, Wing K. Chung is helping make blood transfusion safer. Photo: Samantha Chron
Wing K. Chung has continued his philanthropic involvement with UCLA by funding the UCLA Wing-Kwai and Alice Lee-Tsing Chung Transfusion Service in support of the Transfusion Safety and Blood Management Initiative. In 2006, Chung, a retired, accomplished structural engineer, made a contribution in recognition of his late wife’s lifelong passion for horticulture to provide the Wing-Kwai and Alice Lee-Tsing Chung Garden outside Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The garden offers patients, their family members and others a comfortable and tranquil environment to relax. Chung said he hopes his efforts dedicated to the memory of Lee-Tsing will make the world a more beautiful place for all. His latest gift is another loving tribute to his late wife and her extensive service in the UCLA blood bank and unique ties to UCLA. “I have been inspired by the hard work, the vision of and the encouragement from Dr. Jonathan Braun, chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Dr. Alyssa Ziman, chief of the Division of Clinical Laboratory Medicine, medical director of clinical laboratories and medical director of transfusion medicine; and others at UCLA,” Chung said. “I am honored to be able to partner with transfusion medicine and to contribute to this innovative effort to improve transfusion safety, reduce transfusion-related adverse events and further enhance the overall quality of the transfusion service at UCLA. Ultimately, I believe patients and their families will benefit.”
“Patients come to UCLA with complex and life-threatening diseases,” Dr. Ziman said. “A crucial part of their care is the preparation and administration of blood products tailored to each patient’s unique needs. This gift allows us to launch and sustain a pioneering program linking transfusion-medicine experts with UCLA doctors and nurses to improve transfusion safety and optimize transfusion practices for our sickest patients.”
Chung’s gift enabled the UCLA Transfusion Medicine Service to purchase the Intercept Blood System, which reduces pathogens in donated blood and decreases the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections, including septic transfusion reactions. The system represents a breakthrough in transfusion safety for patients. UCLA is the first hospital-based donor center to implement this service in California. During the system’s implementation week, UCLA was the highest producer of pathogen-reduction platelets in the United States. Chung said that in making the gift, he had a number of goals beyond advancing patient safety at UCLA. He hopes his contribution will help to garner wider support and greater philanthropic interest from the Asian American community and that the gift will make UCLA a model in transfusion service for other medical centers in the University of California system. “It gives me great satisfaction to know that I am playing a vital role in advancing the UCLA Health Sciences mission of research, education, patient care and public service,” Chung said.
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