Geoffrey S.Y. Lieu has been appointed deputy director of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority.
The authority is the second largest public organization after the Hong Kong government. It was initiated Dec. 1, 1990. It takes over the territory's 34 public hospitals, 23,000 beds and 35,000 staff members. The public hospitals are the principal sources of health care for Hong Kong's 5.6 million residents. In 1989, the outpatient clinics at these hospitals treated more than 18 million patients.The Hospital Authority is the result of the Hong Kong Government's efforts since 1983 to seek improved management and development of its public hospital system. Prior to the Hospital Authority's formation, the public hospital system was operated by the government which encountered weaknesses in the management and administration of hospitals.
Lieu is the only American top executive on the Hospital Authority. His duties include planning, implementation and supervision of a new management structure in Hong Kong's public hospitals.
Prior to this appointment Lieu was president and chief executive officer of PrimeMed International, Inc., a Utah-based international hospital development and management company. He moved to Utah in 1977 and served as assistant administrator at St. Mark's Hospital and later associate administrator at the University of Utah Hospital. He served as associate hospital administrator at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan before joining PrimeMed International. Lieu is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Lieu has been active in Utah's Asian American community. He was president of the Asian Association of Utah and chairman of Chinese for Community Action. He led the formation of the Utah Governor's Asian American Advisory Council and Office of Asian American Affairs under former Utah Governor Scott Matheson.