Severance Hospital (Seoul, South Korea)
Severance Hospital was the founder of modern medical science in Korea with the establishment of Kwang Hye Won in 1885 by Dr. Horace N. Allen, missionary doctor, and has been serving the national health for the last 130 years as the leading organization among the medical institutions in this country.
In pursuit of the quality improvement of medical service through the specialization of medical examinations and treatments for the first time in Korea, Severance Hospital manages the Cancer Center, Rehabilitation Hospital, Cardiovascular Hospital, EYE & ENT Hospital, Childrens Hospital, Emergency Care Center, International Health Care Center and Specialized Clinic. In addition, Severance Hospital has created a new medical culture focused on customers through the investigation of a customer satisfaction survey, Quality Improvement (QI) Division management and Service Manual manufacture, following the first Korean promulgation of the 'Patient's Bill of Rights' in 1993.
Severance Hospital, the leading proponent of medical service in Korea for the last century, practices the love of God that is the founding spirit of the hospital. The hospital continuously strives to secure international competitive power through a concentrated devotion to raising the level of medical examination and treatment, to lead the advancement of medical techniques through constant education and researches, and to make a practice of love for human beings through offers of advanced medical services and the realization of the patient satisfaction.
Liver Cancer Clinic
Major Clinical Results
Currently, the incidence rate of cerebral tumor increases every year by diagnosing it at an early time from the development of modern medicine and by improving accessibility of medical care due to the improvement of national living standards. Presently, 5 out of 100,000 people are found to have cerebral tumor every year. In Korea, the figure reaches at about 3,000 people and of this number, about 1,500 people have surgical operations. In May of 2005, Severance Hospital has newly opened a hospital and together with its opening, it has established 10 specialized cancer clinics. The clinics specialized in cerebral cancer have been opened within the Neuroscience Center to maximize treatment effectiveness for patients of cerebral cancer and to improve patients’ satisfaction.
Women's Cancer Clinic
After the first early diagnostic center of uterine cancer in Korea has been established, clinic has become the best women' cancer clinic in fact as well as in name as various patients of women's cancer with high risk and difficulty that cannot be treated in other hospitals, while striving for the treatment, research and education of patients. Especially, as they open the clinic for 15 major cancers that can frequently occur simultaneously together with the construction of new Severance Hospital, women's cancer clinic can become further activated. While previous the Medical Examination Center of Women's cancer had concentrated on the examination of women's cancer, the Women's Cancer Clinic has built the system that can not only examine women's cancer, but also provide various medical services such as diagnosis, treatment, and advanced outpatient operations in the same space.
Clinic has arranged the recovery room in the Women's Cancer Clinic for the patients with outpatient surgery and invasive examination for their welfare; and in the cooperative medical examination room of women's cancer of new concept allows patients of women's cancer to have best medical services within the same space by the cooperation medical examination and treatment of professors from the departments of women's cancer, radiation oncology, oncology, diagnostic pathology and diagnostic radiology.
Through this arrangement, the clinic has solved the inconveniences of migration from the perspective of patients and so, they can have mental stability. As for the patients of high difficulty with recurrence or transfer, all the team members of women's cancer clinic get involved in the discussion and studies for the causes and try their best for patients of women's cancer to have best medical services. Especially by arranging cancer coordinator for a mediating role within the women's cancer clinic, doctors try to narrow the distance between patients and medical staffs through consultation and build trust between them. Even after their discharge from the hospital, clinic cares them consistently and systematically through phone calls.
Thyroid Cancer Clinic
The Severance Thyroid Cancer Clinic, having been the mecca of thyroid cancer treatment in Korea, executes about 1,000 operations per year and many of these operations are those operations that are difficult to be performed in other hospitals and related to relapses of thyroid cancer. Through the regular discussion program that involves all the medical staffs of thyroid team for planning the best medical treatment of individual patients, our department exerts all our efforts to provide the optimal environment so that patients can overcome cancer by practicing out-patient services every day, by minimizing operation wait time, by making patients feel like home, and by consistently checking patients’ conditions.
Since the Severance Clinic specialized in thyroid cancer shows the long-term survival rate of 90% for the past 20 years that is equal to that of medically advanced countries, many people come to Severance Thyroid Cancer Clinic to attend operations. Severance Thyroid Cancer Clinic promises that we will always try our best to overcome thyroid cancer.
Colorectal Cancer Clinic
The Colorectal Cancer Clinic, established and opened together with new severance hospital within the Gastroenterology Center on May 04 of 2005, is a specialized clinic for patients of colorectal and rectal cancers.
Since professors from the Division of Gastroenterology, Division of Surgery, Department of Oncology and Department of Radiation Oncology get together and perform medical examination and treatment within the Colorectal Cancer Clinic, the one-stop and one-place medical treatment is made possible from diagnosis to operation and secondary treatment upon a surgical operation.
As colorectal cancer clinic coordinators faithfully play a bridging role between patients and medical staffs, patients of colorectal and rectal cancers can have necessary medical services quickly and conveniently, enabling patients to have best medical services. Also, this clinic operates the ostomy wound clinic so that patients can always get the ostomy related services by specialized nurses.
Urological Cancer Clinic
Under the motto of “Perfect and Best Treatment and Ultimate Result,” the Urological Cancer Clinic has built the medical treatment system under the mutual cooperation of all the medical staffs related to the diagnosis and treatment of urinary cancer. Urological clinic has built the One Stop Service System that performs most of medical tests on the same day of medical examination and treatment and the all time treatment system that allows patients to have medical examination and treatment services on the day desired. Also by making possible to perform advanced surgeries by using latest technologies like robot, this clinic quickly provides most accurate diagnosis and best treatment services so that patients of urological cancer can lead normal life physically and mentally from quick and fast recovery.
Pediatric Oncology Clinic
Gastric Cancer Clinic
The Gastric Cancer Clinic provides patient-oriented professional and systematic medical services, which targets the accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment of gastric cancer through the team-based cooperative medical treatment organically by all medical staffs. The endoscopic camera an essential instrument of diagnosing gastric cancer, which is located next to our clinic, promotes patients’ convenience and efficiency of medical treatment. The highly-experienced endoscopic doctors of Gastric Cancer Clinic are actively performing the endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) of early-stage gastric cancer and conservative endoscopic treatment from obstruction or bleeding by cancer.
Clinic performs the surgical operation that is the essential part of gastric cancer treatment through a systematic and wide range of laparoscopic surgery by the skin incision of about 15cm when having laparotomy, along with the world-best level of surgical techniques. When performing the surgery, Gastric Cancer Clinic doesn’t insert nasal or drainage tube, reducing patients’ inconveniences and promoting fast recovery. Also, clinic is most actively performing the laparoscopic surgery in Korea for the functional preservation of early-stage cancer patients based on the accurate judgment for the existence of lymph node spreads. By actively practicing the conservative chemical therapy to the patient of disease spread or recurrence as well as the anti-cancer chemical therapy in order to prevent recurrence after a surgical operation, this clinic has improved the treatment result of gastric cancer and has made new ground for gastric cancer treatment in relation to the quality of life and function of cancer patients from the whole man approach.
Major Clinical Results
Breast Cancer Clinic
Under the motto of “Perfect Treatment and Complete Restoration,” all the related medical staffs of Breast Cancer Clinic get together in one space and participate in the regular discussion for patient treatment. Also, clinic has built the One Stop Service System that performs most of medical tests on the same day of medical examination and treatment and the all time treatment system that allows patients to have medical examination and treatment services on the day desired, in order for patients to lead a complete life mentally and physically.
Pancreaticobillary Cancer Clinic
The experts in the departments of Gastroenterology, Surgery, Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology at the Severance Hospital of Yonsei University – which have provided best medical services in diagnosing and treating malignancies of pancreas and bile duct – have opened and operated the Pancreaticobillary Cancer Clinic from May of 2005 in order to provide global level of medical services under the cooperative and organic medical treatment system between related departments, along with the opening of Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease Center within New Severance Hospital.
From the early time of diagnosing biliary and pancreatic cancers, many patients require cooperative treatment by the departments of internal medicine and surgery together with radiologic intervention therapy. Also for the effective medical treatment, systematic communication and cooperation are essential among various related departments such as those of gastroenterology, surgery, diagnostic radiology (including radiologic intervention team) and radiation oncology. The Pancreaticobillary Cancer Clinic of Severance Hospital provides rapid and better medical services to patients by using one stop service system while considering the characteristics of patients.
Also, the Pancreaticobillary Cancer Clinic provides best personal medical services to every pancreaticobillary cancer patient while based on the experience and medical knowledge accumulated up to the present through the weekly conferences participated by the departments related to diagnosing and treating pancreaticobillary cancer. Together with this, our department is operating the conferences at all times in order to provide better treatment methods by sharing latest medical information in diagnosing and treating pancreaticobillary cancer.
The outbreak frequency of pancreatic cancer is rapidly increasing as to take up the 8th position as for the causes of cancer in Korea and biliary cancer is the malignant cancer frequently observed in Korea rather than in the western world. Unfortunately, the treatment result of malignant biliary and pancreatic cancer has not been improved much as compared to the past and most of them are the cases that are impossible to cure completely upon diagnosis. The Pancreaticobillary Cancer Clinic of Severance Hospital makes every possible effort to provide opportunities so that patients can be freed from the pain of malignant cancer by providing more effective medical treatment to the desperate patients of biliary and pancreatic cancer.
Lung Cancer Clinic
“In the Pursuit of Conquering Hepatocellular Carcinoma Completely”
Severance is a leading tertiary hospital in-charge of treating high volume of difficult pediatric diseases in the country.
In line with the Yonsei Medical Center’s mission of “With the love of God, free humankind from disease and suffering,” their main objective is to alleviate physical as well as mental pain of both children and young adults.
With an invigorated spirit, they aim to achieve this mission by becoming leaders in providing the state-of-the-art medical care and by tirelessly conducting researches beneficial to patients. By maintaining close relationship with primary and secondary hospitals, optimal care is assured as these institutions participate in cooperative healthcare for the patients after primary treatment has been rendered in Severance.
Moreover they train not only local pediatric care specialists but also foreign doctors by providing them the best opportunity to learn through their system of continued medical education.
Children’s Hospital also follows the missionary ideals of Allen, Avison and Severance in spreading the Gospel and Christian values by conducting humanitarian missions to far-flung and neglected areas in need of medical attention. Severance Children’s Hospital will carry out their mission for the health and happiness of children and young adults, who are the future of our world.
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