Actress Lee Young-ae has decided to join a consortium that wants to buy the cash-strapped Cheil General Hospital & Women's Healthcare Center in Seoul.
A staffer at Lee's management agency said Tuesday, "If Cheil General Hospital goes into court receivership, Lee will join the consortium to acquire it." Another source at the consortium said, "We have no specific plans yet."
Lee has a soft spot for the hospital because she gave birth to her twins there in 2011 and regularly visits it with her children. She also donated W150 million to it for free medical services for low-income households, single mothers and other needy patients (US$1=W1,114).
Cheil hospital opened back in 1963 and was Korea's premier medical center for obstetrics treatment until 2000, but its financial woes have been mounting due to the country's falling birthrate.