The compassionate care his mother received as a St. Francis patient compelled this grateful son to make a magnanimous gift of $1 million.
“St. Francis has a special place in my heart,” says Nan (Patrick) Chul Shin, who made the donation to St. Francis Healthcare Foundation under his construction company, Nan Inc. “I hope this contribution can help St. Francis in some way.”
Shin, owner of Nan, Inc., says his mother Yun Sun Shin was on dialysis for several years in the 2000s and would come to St. Francis for treatment twice a week. When she was hospitalized, he visited her every day, sometimes two to three times a day. During that time, he came to know St. Francis well and always remembered the quality care his mother received. She passed away in 2008.
The gift, which was made at the Foundation’s holiday reception in December 2013, will be used to support the 119-bed Clarence T.C. Ching Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) on the St. Francis Liliha campus. The SNF will be located on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the Sullivan Building, one of the existing buildings on the Liliha site previously used for the hospital. It will feature private and semi-private rooms, which will be different from most nursing homes in Hawaii that have mainly wards for four people or more. One of the floors is targeted to open in the spring of 2014.
By looking after both his mom and dad, Shin knows firsthand what adult children who are caring for aging parents are going through and believes the SNF will benefit the community.
“We are extremely pleased that Nan Inc. has embraced our vision for the skilled nursing facility,” says Sister William Marie Eleniki, OSF, St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii president, who oversees all fund development efforts. “This very generous gift was Patrick’s way of giving back to the community to show his appreciation. It’s always heartwarming to hear how St. Francis is making a difference in people’s lives.”
Shin, who grew up in South Korea, moved to the United States in 1980 as a teenager, living with his older brother in Bronx, New York. He attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, on a soccer scholarship, earning a degree in business administration. “The scholarship was the only way I was able to go to college,” Shin recalls.
He moved to Hawaii in 1988, getting a job as a laborer for a local construction company. He joined the Carpenters Union before starting his own company in 1990 as the sole employee.
Nan Inc. has grown from a one-man operation to one of Hawaii’s largest general contractors with more than 500 employees dedicated to working on new construction, historic renovation, office and administrative facilities, industrial and warehousing facilities, multi-housing facilities, USGBC LEED certified facilities, road and highway construction, civil utility construction, and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) construction.
Of the more than 2,500 engineering and construction projects Nan Inc. has completed over the years, Shin says he is most proud of the Kaimuki Community Park Gym, the company’s first million-dollar project. He is also happy with the renovation of the CINCPAC Fleet headquarters building on Pearl Harbor Naval Base. The workmanship and quality that are put into each project have resulted in numerous industry awards, certificates of appreciation, and letters of commendation for Nan Inc.
Today, Nan Inc. employs professionals, support staff, and field personnel with offices on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, and Guam. Its corporate headquarters is located on Laumaka Street in Kalihi, Oahu. It is consistently ranked among Hawaii’s top 25 contractors in terms of revenue.