is written as 嘉 in Chinese character
(means “remarkable,” “excellent,” and “happy”).
As this character is composed of “吉” 20 times (十, 十), it implies that
“it is beautiful as there is more good news.”
is written as 泉 in Chinese character
(means “source,” “source of life,” and “woman”).
It means the “will to make a life or world where luck and beauty well up.”
“Gachon” is the pen name for chairperson of Gachon Gil Foundation Lee Gil-ya,
given by Dr. Ryu Seung-guk, a former Chief of the Academy of Korean Studies.
“I sincerely welcome you to our website among millions of web sites on the internet.”
While I have met many people beyond time and space, I would like to share my life experiences
and hard times with my neighbors in the world.
Collecting my life’s memories here, I asked myself, “Am I opening too many personal materials?”
I have devoted my life as a doctor and educator.
Fortunately, thanks to my constant effort towards a single goal,
I have been able to foster many students who will lead the future of Korea
and felt happy in saving many lives in danger.
Today’s Gachon Gil Foundation is my other self with my sweat, tears, and passion.
However, this place is not designed to flatter someone.
I intend to look back on life’s meaning with you, while organizing my thoughts
built on one-way road under the philosophy of “philanthropy, service, and patriotism”.
I have always considered it, but confession is always not easy.
Flower seeds which are born there take root on the earth again and
make other blossoms.
Likewise, I have a small hope that my life’s philosophy of “philanthropy, public service, and patriotism”,
which are consistently penetrated here, can be deeply embedded in your heart and mind
and become the light of hope for the country and people.
“Through my life and philosophy, a flame of love and service can be sparked in the heart of everyone.”
That’s what I imagine as a paradise.
I am waiting for such a day and still dreaming it today.
Thank you very much.
Female Doctor Awards
(Gil Medical Service Awards)
Award enacted by Korea Medical Women’s Association and sponsored by Gil Medical Foundation
As it marks 26th anniversary in 2016, it selects and gives the prize to “sincere doctors” in the nation.
Sim Cheong Filial Piety Awards
It selects and gives the prize to girls who respect and treat their parents sincerely and multi-cultural daughters-in-law with filial piety.
Since 1999, the awards has been held to enhance the spirit of filial piety to young people and promote it to the people.
It marks the 18th anniversary in 2016.
Jeonbuk Education Awards
It finds and awards “genuine teachers” in this era. The awards is jointly held by Gachon Cultural Foundation and Jeonbuk Ilbo.
Hansen International Association of Supporters
Dr. Lee Gil-ya has been the president of the association since July 1993.
The association supports treatment and rehabilitation of patients with Hansen’s disease in Southeast Asia such as Vietnam.
In December 2001, the association made a donation by establishing a job training center in Binh Dinh, Vietnam.
Social Welfare New Life
It conducts free medical treatment business for patients with heart diseases whose economic ability is vulnerable.
Dr. Lee Gil-ya has currently taken the role of chairperson of the headquarters, which was changed to a social welfare foundation.
Gachon Michuhall Youth Voluntary
Service Corps (First President)
Member of the Commission
on Youth Protection
Gachon Maternity Protection
Contribution – Lee Gil-ya Contribution
Since 1999, Gachon University Gil Medical Center has contributed a certain amount of money whenever a baby is born
to enhance women’s rights and use the contribution as fund for women’s welfare.
While you are on your road of life,
you will encounter both bright days and stormy and windy days.
However, if you continue making your effort, passion,
with undaunted challenging spirit,
no wind and storm will hinder your way forward.
I started my career from a small obstetrics & gynecology clinic and established Gachon Gil Foundation today,
and many people said that I am a “successful woman.”
However, I dare to say that people understand my life
as the life of a woman who has worked passionately, not the life of a successful woman.
To every Korean woman who is striving to lead her life at this very moment
and every great mother, I would like to give you my applause for encouragement.
For young people on this ground,
I would like to advise to
“dream like a whale even if you sleep curled like a shrimp!”
The 21st century is the global era and age of knowledge and information.
If anyone neglects self-innovation and cultivation of professional knowledge,
he or she cannot be the center of development.
Even if you find everything difficult and intimidating, keep heading forward and challenging yourself.
Do not put yourself in within a narrow fence, but run on the global stage.
As you are so young, you have infinite possibility.
Even if you sleep curled like a shrimp, dream like a whale.
The core of leadership is confidence.
If you do not have belief in yourself and your own decision, you cannot lead a group or leadership.
How can anyone trust and follow you who does not believe in yourself?
We reach out to those who are in need of help.
Gachon University Gil Medical Center is dedicated to support people in medically vulnerable region
by doing various activities such as “hospital without deposits”, “a new life saving movement”,
and free surgery for overseas children with congenital heart diseases.
It is our hospital’s spiritual root not to turn away from people from low socioeconomic condition.
““We take care of people in need.””
Public Service (奉仕)
We are happy to serve others with humble heart.
Dedication for public service and sharing with others is the “salt” of a mature society.
A brave spirit of Gachon Michuhall Youth Volunteer Service Corps and noble filial piety for the “Sim Cheong Filial Piety Awards”
are the lamp of service to light the world.
Cultural sharing by Gachon Cultural Foundation and Gachon Museum contributes to warm-hearted and dignified world.
“Conviction of eternal service”
Cultivating human resources is the beginning and the end of love for the country.
One person is the future of one’s community.
Gachon University aims to nurture global leaders and foster medical human resources
via its two campuses, global and medical campus.
“Neuroscience Research Institute“ and “Lee Gil Ya Cancer and Diabetes Institute,” which research basic science,
are the stepping stones for advanced Korea in the 21st country.
“Cultivating human resources is the
beginning and the end of love for the country”