Kyoto University Hospital was established in1899, and for over a century it has trained leading experts in diverse medical fields and made a significant contribution to the advancement of medicine and healthcare in Japan.
The hospital seeks to meet the needs of society by focusing its efforts in three distinct areas: medical care, research, and education.
In the area of medical care, our most important mission is to ensure that the care we provide is high quality, safe, and patient-oriented. To achieve this, we endeavor to maintain an open and transparent hospital environment with cutting-edge facilities. Our recent efforts have focused on improving our Cancer Center, and utilizing advanced technology to enhance the medical care that we provide. Our recently established next-generation hybrid operating room is one notable example.
To provide high quality medical care, the research and development of new treatments for as-yet incurable diseases is also a key element of our mission. As a Ministry of Health-designated “core hospital for clinical research,” Kyoto University Hospital focuses on developing innovative new medical treatments in cooperation with the university’s other research facilities, including the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA). This work will be accelerated with the establishment of the iPS Clinical Study Center (tentative name) in 2019.
The third mission of Kyoto University Hospital is to foster conscientious and compassionate healthcare professionals who will contribute to the provision and development of medical care in Japan. The hospital has 1,121 beds and receives an average of 2,900 outpatients per day. It has approximately 3,000 staff members specializing in different areas of health care, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, laboratory technicians, physical therapists, and administrative staff. Through close cooperation between these diverse staff members, the hospital is able to provide highly-advanced, patient-oriented, and safe medical care, and develop new medical treatments. It is therefore vital for us to cultivate healthcare professionals with both expertise and a broad outlook, who can perform leading roles, but who can also work well in a team environment. We aim to maintain a work environment in which all of our staff members, including young people and women, can attain a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
In 2010, an eight-story ward called the Sekitei Ward was added to the hospital through a donation from the late Hiroshi Yamauchi, a well-known Japanese businessman and a former president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. In December 2015, another new ward, mainly for the treatment of patients with lifestyle-related diseases, was established on the south side of the Sekitei Ward, and in 2019, another new ward will be constructed on the north side that will contain mainly acute care beds. Through these new facilities, and the forthcoming renovation of the North Ward, the hospital aims improve the comfort of its environment for patients, and enhance the treatment and care that it provides.
In 2015, a rooftop helipad was constructed on the new South Ward building, enabling the hospital to swiftly provide treatment to acute patients coming from remote areas. In 2016, the Maternal-Fetal Intensive Care Unit (MFICU) was opened to provide advanced perinatal care unavailable elsewhere.
To improve its system for fostering young doctors working in remote areas, the hospital has launched Kyoto Medio Net (currently on a trial basis), which networks eleven hospitals located in northern Kyoto Prefecture via a teleconferencing system. This is another example of the ways in which we have been developing our infrastructure to meet the medical needs of the local community.
Kyoto University Hospital will continue its mission to serve international and local society as both a cutting-edge medical research facility and a community-oriented hospital covering an extensive area. Your support of our efforts is greatly appreciated.
April 1st, 2017
Nobuya Inagaki, Director