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Doctor awarded for work with disaster victims

December 01, 2010|By Jon Haber

Dr. Evelyn Wong of Glendale Adventist Medical Center said she is just an ordinary person, but her profession has given her the opportunity to do some extraordinary things.

On Nov. 5, Wong was recognized for one of those opportunities, when she helped lead a group of doctors that provided medical relief to the people of Haiti following the country's catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake in January.

The National Health Foundation honored Wong and her team with a 2010 Hospital Hero Award at a luncheon held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles during a yearly event hosted by Hospital Assn. of Southern California. The award is given to health-care professionals that go above and beyond the normal call of duty and, as a result, help create miracles for patients.


When Wong went to the ceremony, she said she felt very humbled and grateful just to be nominated and sit in a room filled with amazing stories and great doctors. She wasn't looking to be honored at all.

"I find the praise a bit uncomfortable actually," Wong said. "I'm just doing what I love doing. I don't do what I do to be recognized for it … That's the last thing I want."

Wong said she told her mother she wanted to be a doctor at the age of 4, because the young girl felt the need to help others. Wong finished her emergency medical training in 1993 at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance and began working as an emergency physician at Glendale Adventist immediately following her graduation.

She started her relief efforts in 2005 when she went overseas to Indonesia to help those affected by the tsunami.

"I was in Sri Lanka for about two weeks on the east coast where there was the most damage, and I had an amazing time helping others," she said. "I enjoyed taking care of people in that situation, and I thrived there as well."

When the disastrous earthquake struck Haiti in January, Wong wanted to help out right away. Through the same nonprofit organization that sent her to Indonesia and support from Glendale Adventist and the DAA, Wong assembled a team of two emergency doctors, one family practice physician, an obstetrician/gynecologist, an anesthesiologist, a nurse practitioner, two surgical nurses and an emergency nurse to strengthen her cause and bring medical aid to Haiti.

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