The Queen Sirikit Naval Medical Center held the fifth Mother’s Day walk-run at Sattahip’s Hospital Health Park to honor HM the Queen for lending her name to the area’s largest hospital and to raise funds she can dispense to charities of her choice.
Adm. Suriya Na Nakhon, president of the Queen Sirikit Hospital Foundation, noted that the Royal Thai Navy founded Queen Sirikit Hospital in 1992 to bolster the public-health system in Sattahip, which had been primarily served by Apakorn Kiatwong Hospital.
More than 3,000 people turn out in Sattahip to walk and run for HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday.
That facility, however, wasn’t large enough to serve the growing Sattahip Naval Station area. The hospital gained the backing of HM the Queen, who laid the cornerstone for the main building on Aug. 18, 1992.