│Words from the Superintendent In the 1960s, life was extremely hard in Taiwan and people’s living standard was low. Moreover, people who living in the east coast of Taiwan were very impoverished. Master Cheng Yen with great compassion responded to the suffering of the poverty-stricken and vowed to pour great love into the ‘medical desert’ of eastern Taiwan .In 1986, the first Tzu Chi General Hospital was established in Hualien. Yuli, Kuanshan, Dalin, Taipei and Taichung branches were opened accordingly. Tzu Chi medicine mission just like the blossoming flowers of happiness and wisdom ,spreading from poverty-stricken east coast to the rest of Taiwan and formed a strong force of compassion that lives on endlessly. Tzu Chi General Hospital, Taipei Branch was inaugurated on May 8, 2005. Under the collective support of Master Cheng Yen and global Tzu Chi volunteers, Tzu Chi built the first quakeproof hospital in Taiwan and well-known around the world. With the state-of-the-art , our hospital is designed to withstand the destructive forces of earthquake for thousand years. It is not only a new milestone for Tzu Chi medicine mission, but also a new ideal for humanistic medicine in the medical field of Taiwan. In the congested and chaotic medical environment, Tzu Chi General Hospital, Taipei Branch is an oasis of spirit brimming with tranquility, humanism and harmony. Tzu Chi General Hospital, Taipei Branch is a large-scale hospital built to become the medical center filled with humanity. Besides of establishing the various medical specialties, exceptional fundamental, and state-of-the-art clinical services, we develop micro-invasive operations to minimize patients’ suffering. In addition, it integrates with Tzu Chi massive network of community volunteers. With their great support, the hospital promotes community health education as well as engages in health related and public hygiene work. The hospital also provides medical diagnosis, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and parent-children education for physically and mentally challenged children and their families. Despite of the constant advanced medical technology that unravel the secrets of life, the innovation can only do so much to help the patients who still have to face the impermanence and unpredictability of life and the accompanying emotional suffering. In most of the situations, the patients need medicine treatment as well as spiritual comfort. Tzu Chi medical team comes together with the community volunteers to form a comprehensive team with the full of humanity. It highlights the spirit of empathetic love in “when others are hurt, we feel the pain; when others suffer, we feel the sorrow”. More than 220 Tzu Chi volunteers serve at the Taipei Branch daily at various locations, no matter of rain or shine throughout the year. They communicate Tzu Chi great love to every patient and the families. This unceasing stream of selfless compassion flows through the whole hospital. Every year, over 70 thousand Tzu Chi volunteers become great resources for this medicine team and witness the precious life. Life is priceless. Life and death are unexpected. Tzu Chi medical team always serves patients with humbleness and cherishes every second to safeguard life with vigilance. From doctors, nurses to volunteers, we devote ourselves to the mission of “guarding life, health, and love” with sincere “gratefulness, respect, and love.” Having weathered through many obstacles and challenges, Tzu Chi General Hospital, Taipei Branch stands firmly in the Taipei metropolitan landscape, brimmed with its humanistic spirit, first-rate medical team, and advanced medical technology. I anticipate every member of extraordinary team to embody our founder Master Cheng Yen’s great compassion in carrying forth her dharma of relieving human suffering, saving lives, and to sow the seeds of love in every community and around the world.