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 Award, the most prestigious among all the IHF Awards, was aptly named after him.
The IHF/Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award will be bestowed to health system, healthcare organisation or facility which achieves excellence in multiple areas including, among others, quality and patient safety, corporate social responsibility, innovations in service delivery at affordable costs, healthcare leadership and management practices. This Award is only open to healthcare service provider organisations which are either IHF Full or Associate Members.