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Posted : 2013-10-25 16:19
Updated : 2013-10-25 16:19

Two nurses receive Nightingale Medals

Baek Young-shim, left, a medical missionary, and Nam Sang-ok, former president of the Korean Nurses Association Jeju Chapter, were awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal from the International Committee of the Red Cross, t the Korean Red Cross building in Seoul, Friday. The award ceremony was held on the 108th anniversary of the Korean Red Cross. / Yonhap

By Kwon Ji-youn

Medical missionary Baek Young-shim won a Florence Nightingale Medal on Friday.

At the Sejong Hotel, Seoul, a celebratory event was held to honor the recipients of the nightingale medals. The other recipient was Nam Sang-ok, former president of the Korean Nurses Association Jeju Chapter. The event was hosted by the Korean Nurses Association and the Korean Red Cross.

The Florence Nightingale Medal was instituted in 1912 by the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is awarded to nurses who have shown exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled, or to civilian victims of a conflict or disaster.

Some 53 Koreans, including Baek and Nam, have so far been awarded the medal.

Baek, CEO of Daeyang Luke Hospital (DLH), has been working in Africa for the past 20 years. She is recognized for having devotedly carried out community service in Malawi for the ill and underprivileged.

She is also acknowledged for working to improve the quality of nursing education. Baek opened a nursing school in Malawi in 2010.

The DLH currently houses 200 beds and provides quality health services to those who do not have access to medical care. It is known for its professionalism and facility.

Nam received the medal for carrying out services on Jeju, where public health was underdeveloped. She provided special care to those living in villages without doctors.

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