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Julia and Peter Fung, MD Name the Stroke Center at El Camino Hospital

Dr. Peter FungJulia and Dr. Peter Fung have made a leadership gift to name the Peter C. Fung, MD Stroke Center and endow it in perpetuity. Dr. Fung was the medical director of El Camino Hospital’s stroke program from 2005 to 2015 and he remains passionate about it.

That passion was ignited in 1994, when his 70-year-old mother had the first of a series of strokes. “What followed was a jumble of driving to different hospitals, taking different medications, and undergoing different procedures,” he recalls. Along the way he learned about the long neglected but then rapidly developing discipline of stroke care. He read every article and attended every conference he could as new, evidence-based guidelines for stroke treatment were being established. By the time he came to El Camino Hospital in 2004, he was determined to establish a better system. As medical director he turned the program from one that barely passed Joint Commission certification to one that consistently does so with the highest accolades. The stroke program earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the Gold Plus Achievement award from the American Heart Association, and El Camino Hospital became recognized as one of the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for stroke care.

The transition took passion, vision, tenacity, innovation and teamwork. Dr. Fung implemented weekly multidisciplinary stroke rounds, which were attended by all the patient’s care providers, so the full team could collaborate to come up with the best care plan. He instituted weekly nursing rounds and took regular night and weekend shifts to ensure consistent excellent care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He wrote regular scholarly articles in a column he dubbed “Stroke Front” for the hospital’s physician newsletter, hosted monthly stroke talks, and invited national experts to speak at quarterly stroke dinners. “I encouraged people to become champions of stroke care,” he says.

Today, he is happy and proud to make this donation. “It is my greatest wish that this gift will help stroke care continue to improve. I hope in the near future El Camino Hospital will become a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center so no patient ever needs to be transferred to another medical center for a ‘higher’ level of care,” (less than 1% of cases).

“This is the first time we have made such a significant gift,” Julia says. “I am so happy we can do this and never imagined how happy I would feel giving.”

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