Smith Crossing names Tang medical director
BY MIKE NOLAN email@example.com January 11, 2013 7:00PM
Dr. Ming-Yeng Tang has been named the medical director at Smith Crossings in Orland Park. She is pictured Friday, December 28, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 14, 2013 6:05AM
Growing up in Taiwan and seeing ill, elderly relatives helped decide Ming-Yeng Tang’s career path.
“I thought, ‘You need to do something to help the people’s health,’ ” she said.
Encouraged by her father, a school principal, Tang was among nine women in her medical school class of 120. She completed her medical training at China Medical University.
Recently, the doctor was named medical director at Smith Crossing, a continuing care retirement community in Orland Park, where a recently completed $37 million expansion has significantly increased the number of residents.
While her specialty is internal medicine, Tang said she has extensive experience working with the elderly. She and her husband, Juelin, also an internist, have had a medical practice on Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn for more than 20 years and both are on the staffs at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights.
The couple live in Orland Park and have three children, two of whom are doctors in New York.
Tang, 57, said she chose early in her career to concentrate on internal medicine because “I can take care of the whole body and not just specifically one part of it.”
At Smith Crossing, some residents are living independently while others need more regular medical care. One of Tang’s goals is to make more simple diagnostic procedures available at Smith Crossing so residents don’t have to travel to a hospital or clinic for routine testing.
“The environment here, the patient care is very good,” she said. “The nursing staff is excellent.”
Before being named medical director last month, Tang was one of several physicians who treat patients at Smith Crossing and had been coming to the complex for more than five years.
Tang replaced Michael Thomas, who continues to serve as medical director at Smith Village, a continuing care center in Chicago’s Beverly community. Both Smith Crossing and Smith Village are operated by the nonprofit Smith Senior Living.
“With our recent growth (at the Orland Park location) to accommodate 60 percent more residents, it was time to divide the responsibilities of medical director so that each campus has its own,” Frank Guajardo, executive director of Smith Crossing, said in a news release announcing Tang’s appointment.
Smith Crossing has 262 residents and although being named medical director will require that Tang spend more time there, she said she will continue to see patients at her Oak Lawn practice.