IHEEM’s annual Healthcare Estates gala dinner saw the IHEEM Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Dr PL Yuen, of IHEEM’s Hong Kong Branch.
IHEEM CEO, Pete Sellars, said: “Tonight, it is my utmost privilege and honour to present this year’s IHEEM Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given this year to an individual who – since I first met him many years ago – has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our profession and our Institute. I’m proud to say that this individual is not just a respected colleague, but also a personal friend. Tonight’s recipient of the IHEEM Lifetime Achievement Award is a long-standing member and Fellow of IHEEM. A professional engineer of international renown, whose career has spanned over three decades in and around the public hospital engineering sector, he has worked at the highest level of his government, contributing to, and leading, many national programmes – including construction, SARS, and energy and sustainability.”
“In addition to his national contributions,” Pete Sellars continued, “Dr Yuen has been recognised globally for his engineering expertise, acting as an advisor to both WHO and the United Nations, tasked with constructing isolation facilities across the Republic of Indonesia. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, he has dedicated himself to providing his professional experience and knowledge in engineering-related matters of public interest, particularly in the field of ventilation control in isolation facilities aimed at controlling and combating the spread of airborne viruses.
“In February 2020, he pioneered the invention and the innovative design of the first high standard negative-pressure isolation facility (Isolation using Modular Methods of Construction). This ground-breaking achievement has been shared globally, demonstrating his commitment to advancing healthcare engineering not only through practice, but also through sharing of knowledge. Closer to home, our awardee is a current member of IHEEM’s National Council, and serves as Chairman of the Institute’s Hong Kong Branch, where through his leadership and tireless efforts he was instrumental in providing the foundations for establishing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Health Authority when I was IHEEM President, further strengthening IHEEM international collaborations.”
Our warmest congratulations and thanks go to Dr Yuen for his outstanding achievements and contributions.