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Director of Shinshu University Hospital

Director of Shinshu University Hospital
Takayuki Honda

The Shinshu University Hospital came into being from its predecessor, the Matsumoto City Hospital, in 1945 and has treated many patients over the 72 years since then. Our hospital has 32 clinical departments, including internal medicine and surgery. In Nagano prefecture, our hospital is the only national university hospital and special functional hospital. The fundamental ideals of the Shinshu University Hospital are: “Our mission as a university hospital is to treat patients, educate medical staff, and conduct research. We carry out advanced medical treatments while respecting the rights of our patients. We also train medical personnel for the next generation who will have an international outlook.” We will offer the newest medical services based on leading-edge research, spread the research results across the world as medical theses, and train medical staff as specialists in various medical fields.

The Shinshu University Hospital has 707 beds and 1,850 medical staff, including 599 doctors and 784 nurses. In 2014, we treated an average of 625 inpatients and 1,542 outpatients a day. Our hospital is designated as 23 types of functional hospital for disaster, regional cooperation for cancer treatments, advanced emergency and critical care, and so on.

Medical technology is developing remarkably. Cancer may be a curable disease in the near future because transplantation has become a common therapy and new effective anticancer agents are available. Endoscopic and robotic surgeries have permitted shorter hospitalization and safer operations. A new “Comprehensive Advanced Therapy Building” will open in April, 2018, and we will reinforce several hospital functions there. We will increase the number of operating rooms, including hybrid operating rooms, and we can safely perform more difficult operations for patients with severe conditions. Intensive care units will also be expanded to cope with the increase in critical patients. The medical staff in the departments of obstetrics and neonatology can collaborate for safer births and treat neonates with problems. The outpatient therapy room of the Shinshu Cancer Center will be moved to the first floor of the new building, and more comfortable treatments for different types of cancer will be available.

In recent years, medical economics have not been favorable in Japan, and our medical services are also limited by the Japanese medical payment system. Therefore, we need your cooperation to provide newer and safer medical services. We will do our best for the residents within and outside Nagano prefecture.

Director of Shinshu University Hospital
Takayuki Honda

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