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Presbyterian Medical Center

125 years of history

There has been much personal devotion and sacrifice made throughout the 125 years of history of Presbyterian Medical Center.

  • Our founder and the first director, Dr.Ingold’s strong desire to build a hospital in Jeon-ju was like a burning flame. Dr.Ingold's hard work cost the life of her first baby who was lost during birth. Our second director William H.Forsythe was seriously injured when a robber stabbed him.
  • Our third director Thomas Daniel, the fourth director Robertson, and the fifth director Henry L.Timmons all had lost one of their daughters during their times if service here in Korea. Dr. Paul Crane served for 24 years and Dr.David John Seel for 36 years with suffering from many diseases and painful circumstances.
  • Built on the dedication of countless missionaries and medical professionals, Presbyterian Medical Center continues to practice patient-centered care until today.

Dr. Mattie B. Ingold

Dr. Wylie H. Forsythe

Dr. Paul S. Crane

Dr. John David Seel
  • 1898, Dr. Mattie B. Ingold
  • I am convinced that my Lord God has shined his light on my future. I am not afraid of anything that might happen to me in the future. However, one thing that I am afraid of is that I might not do my best serving the Lord on my mission field, I am also afraid that I might begin to depend upon myself or worldly ideas instead of God.
  • 1906, Dr. Wylie H. Forsythe
  • The dispensary was full if a variety of patients who me to relieve their pain. The fact that not everybody’s pain could be relieved was my greatest sorrow.
  • 1950, Dr. Paul S. Crane
  • The political status had stabled, the economy was beginning to develop, and surprisingly many churches were beginning to grow, but on June 25, 1950 when we finished our worship service, we received news of the invasion of the North Korean Army. We received orders from the U.S. Embassy to withdraw to the Pusan region. This was the beginning of a tragic period.
  • 1955, Dr. John David Seel
  • It was common to see the scars if the Korean War such as starvation, lack of proper clothing, trauma from the war, and intestinal parasites. We struggled to share the Gospel during this tragic period of time. We as Good Samaritans also struggled to save Korean lives because the medical environment was in terrible shape.