Dr Kwang Tae Kim is a surgeon with immense contributions to the healthcare sector both nationally and internationally. He was President of the International Hospital Federation from 2013 to 2015, President of the Asian Hospital Federation in 2008-2009 and President of the Korean Hospital Association in 2003-2004. He has been the Chairman of Daerim Saint Mary’s Hospital in Seoul, his own hospital, since 1969.
As a strong advocate of excellence in clinical governance, leadership, quality and safety, Dr Kim initiated and generously donated to set up the IHF Awards Program during his presidency to promote IHF’s visibility and its role as a knowledge hub. Because of this, the Grand Hospital Award, the most prestigious among all the IHF Awards, was aptly named after him.
The Dr. Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award is open to IHF Full Members (and their member hospitals or health service providers) and Associate Members. This award will recognize a hospital or health service provider which has demonstrated excellence or outstanding achievements in more than one service, program, or project. The Dr. Kim Grand Hospital Award will recognize institutions (not individual projects) which excelled in several areas including, but not limited to, quality and patient safety, corporate social responsibility, healthcare leadership and management practices, and supporting the sustainability initiatives.