Seoung Ju Ryou, president of the Dallas Korean Association, “I will build a Korean Shelter in Dallas.”
Seoung Ju Ryou, president of the Dallas Korean Association, “I will build a Korean Shelter in Dallas.”
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By Jonghwan Lee

Seoul, May 11(World Korean News)= Seoung Ju Ryou took office as the 38th president of the Dallas Korean Association. The Dallas Korean Association held a ceremony on December 11 (Sat) last year at the Grand Banquet Hall of Sura Restaurant in Dallas Korea town. About 200 Koreans and local people attended the event.

According to local Korean media, Ryou said at the inauguration ceremony, “We will try to represent the rights and interests of korean americans, act as a stepping stone for the next generation, and become a Korean society that builds the foundation for the future.”

She promised, “Based on the identity of the Dallas Korean Association established by seniors over the past 50 years, we will harmonize with each ethenic group, further develop our strengths and make up for our shortcomings.”

It was on March 12 this year that I met president Seong Ryou. I went to the meeting of Midwest Korean Confederation in Dallas and met her.

“This is the hospital administration department.”

At the entrance, a sign reading ‘Korea Home Care’ was posted. The interior was very spacious, unlike what it looked like outside. There were several rooms, and there was an auditorium that could hold 150 people. Concerts are also often held in the auditorium, Ryou said.

“As we say, home care, employees all work outside. They're sent to patients' homes, and they take care of them.”

Ryou introduced that there are more than 1,000 employees who are dispatched and working outside.

with former Dallas Korean American President Park Myung-hee (center) and Senior Vice President Lee Gyeong-cheol (right).

Ryou is a former nurse. She moved from Korea to the United States in 2000. She arrived in Dallas and opened a institution called ‘Korea Home Care’ in 2007. This was because there were many Asian patients in Dallas but few home care institutions. The reason why named “Korea” was a stepping stone for Asian patients such as Korean and Vietnam.

The home care system in the United States is different from Korea. Patients need to be treated in hospitals, but inpatient treatment is expensive. To reduce the cost, professional medical personnel are called home. That way of working is called home care. Unlike home care, it is Medicare to send caregivers to homes for senior citizens over 65 year's old.

Ryou said, “Home care institutions work under contracts with the federal government.” On the other hand, Medicare contracts with the state government to take care of the elderly. For this reason, Medicare institutions outnumber Homecare's.

“Korea Home Care, which I run, ranked 25th in the evaluation of home care institutions in the United States last year. It was highly regarded for patient customer satisfaction and performance.”

Ryou introduced the award presented by the Fazzi Home Care Association. There are thousands of home care institutions in the United States. It is not easy to rank 25th among them. In particular, the award is more meaningful because it is a home care run by Korean.

Ryou has settled in Dallas and participated in various volunteer activities. She participated in the Mool-bangwool(Water Drop) Sponsorship Association led by Park Myung-hee, a former president of the Dallas Korean Association. The organization worked to help disabled people.

Dallas Korean Association President Lee and Inauguration Ceremony at the Dallas Sura Restaurant Grand Banquet Hall on December 11. [Photo=Dallas KTN]

Ryou also served as the president of the North Texas Association of Korean Nurses. She held a nursing fair with the American Nurses Association.

Medical institutions such as internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology opened booths at the nursing fair. The booth provided various medical services such as cholesterol tests and osteoporosis tests for women. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 test was also conducted.

“It costs 4-500 dollars for a blood test in Dallas. In order to make this test cheap, we need the help of a medical examination agency. At the nursing fair, with the help of these inspection agencies, the blood test was conducted with 10 dollars.”

Ryou explained that the fair was very popular with the participants because they could also receive prescriptions from doctors.

Ryou said, “I really want to build a Korean Shelter.” It is a shelter for parents who are abused by their sons and daugthers.

“Parents don't report abuse to the police even if they are abused by their offspring. If they report it to the police, it will damage their offsping. This is how Korean parents feel. I'm trying to get a place where these parents can stay for a while. ”

There are many shelters in America. However, the food and environment are not suitable for the elderly Koreans to enter. Ryou said, “We want to receive active support from institutions in areas with experience so that a Korean shelter can be built and operated well in Dallas.”

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