Hospital dedicated the Hae Kim Gallery in the hospital's
northwest hallway on Thursday, July 12.
Kee Hee Lee, a Washington Twp. Resident and owner
of Wind Fine Art Gallery on State Route 48, donated
pieces for the gallery in honor of her mother, Hae
Kim, who passed away on June 1, 2007.
Lee has already given seven pieces of artwork to the
hospital. She presented two additional large pieces
of artwork at the dedication ceremony.
"My mother was a very loving and caring person,
and she always like to give things to people, so I
think the gallery would make her very happy,"
Lee said. "She reasied all my children when I
was working, so I decided to pick pieces that featured
children, joy, kindness, hope and cheer - artwork
that would sum up the kind of person she was."
Lee added that the hallway has room for another 10-15
pieces, and each year she plans to donate 2-3 works
that add to the theme until the gallery is filled.
"My mother was from Korea and did not speak much
English, so she had to use body language when communicating
with the nurses," Lee said. "The staff was
extremely compassionate and kind, and they gave her
very special care while she was there. I wanted to
thank them for making my mother's final days very
The dedication ceremony coincided with the 18th birthday
of Lee's son, Christopher S. Wu, who graduated from
Centerville High School last month and will attend
UCLA this fall. Lee said Christopher was very close
with his grandmother. She wants to teach him the value
of giving back to his community, and Kee Hee can think
of no greater celebration to offer her son for his
"We have known for a long time that it is both
our staff and our community that makes Southview Hospital
a special place, and the Hae Kim Gallery is really
a reflection of both," said Greg Henderson, Senior
Executive Officer for Southview. "I hope this
beautiful art will remind our staff of what a difference
they make, and I hope it reminds those who knew Hae
Kim of her caring legacy and the wonderful daughter
who made this happen."