Ehime University established the School of Medicine in 1973. Three years later, in October 1976, the Ehime University Hospital opened its doors and with15 departments and 320 beds. As a core hospital in Ehime Prefecture, Ehime University Hospital has been practicing community-based medical care based on the basic philosophy of “caring for and learning for patients” for about 45 years. Now we have 24 departments, 47 central medical facilities, 644 hospital beds, and a total staff of approximately 1600 people, with around 550 doctors and 740 nurses, pharmacists and radiologists, and other healthcare professionals and administrative staff, all working hard to provide a perfect system of medical care.
Ehime University Hospital has three goals: (1) to be a hospital which is trusted and loved by the people of Ehime, (2) to nurture medical professionals who can understand a patient’s perspective, and (3) to create medical expertise which was first nurtured in Ehime and then used all over the world. We do our utmost to provide optimal medical care for each patient by establishing a close relationship to the patient and working together with the patient and the patient’s family.
In order to be a hospital trusted and loved by prefectural residents, our first goal, as the only advanced treatment hospital in the prefecture, it is necessary to provide the latest, most advanced, safe and secure medical care. To that end, we, the medical staff, work hard every day to improve medical technology. When introducing advanced medical care, we carefully consider and strictly monitor the process. In addition, in order to practice patient-centered, safe medical care, we are continuously and systematically working to improve medical safety, by reporting and sharing information about incidents, thoroughly implementing measures to prevent medical accidents, responding appropriately to medical accidents, and creating educational, training and management manuals.
With regard to the development of medical professionals who can understand the patient’s perspective, our second goal, we have established an educational system based on an integrated curriculum continuing after graduation in order to instill not only general knowledge and skills but also holistic medical care skills. Specifically, we make full use of the advanced simulators at the Postgraduate Clinical Training Center and cadaver training at the Surgical Procedure Training Center, to provide medical knowledge and teach techniques efficiently. In addition, Ehime University Hospital will function as a ‘mother’ hospital providing multifaceted and continuous support in cooperation with related medical facilities in Ehime Prefecture to train medical professionals who have compassion and deep insight.
Ehime University Hospital has established a Total Medical Support Center (TMSC) with an emphasis on improving the services of patients, which is an extension of the first and second goals. TMSC provides a smooth transition from outpatient admission to comfortable hospitalization, and also creates an admission and discharge plan tailored to each patient, including consideration of life after discharge. In other words, in order not only to provide treatment, but also to function as a place for patients’ lives and to enhance their lives after discharge, we provide high-quality medical care in close inter-professional collaboration.
One of university hospital’s major missions is to promote research in order to pursue our third goal; develop medical expertise first nurtured in Ehime and then transmitted to the world. At the Translational Research Center, we promote bridging research in various fields and create new methods of medical care at the world level. In the future, we will establish a biobank with the aim of building a research foundation through close collaboration between clinical and basic research. Conducting clinical research is an important role of advanced treatment hospitals. To improve the quality of clinical research, we have established the Clinical Therapeutic Trial Center, the Center for Clinical Research Data and Biostatics, the Division of Clinical Research Quality Management, and the Division of Clinical Research COI Management to enhance our research system.
In addition to these goals, we will strengthen cooperation inside and outside the hospital to protect the people of the prefecture in the case of the spread of unprecedented infectious diseases such as the new coronavirus infection.
It is also our mission to prepare for large-scale disasters such as the expected Nankai Trough Earthquake. We conduct regular large-scale disaster drills and have established a stockpile warehouse for pharmaceuticals and medical equipment on campus, and have established a medical support system to function as a base for medical activities in the event of a disaster.
We will continue to work tirelessly for the well-being of our patients and to contribute to the local community, and we will all work together to become a beloved hospital.
Dr. Takashi Sugiyama
Director of the Ehime University Hospital
Personally, I use the casual Japanese honorific -san when addressing patients rather than the more formal and impersonal -sama honorific, because I believe doctors and patients should stand as equals when it comes to medical care, working together to overcome illnesses and injuries. It goes without saying that we always provide the best possible care for our patients, but in order to achieve even greater efficacy it is vital to understand patient desires in regard to treatment, secure their cooperation, and ensure full understanding by their family members.
In order to fulfill the first goal mentioned above, “be a hospital that is trusted by Ehime Prefecture citizens,” we must provide not only state-of-the-art, top-quality treatment, but ensure that said care is safe and puts patients’ minds at ease. To this end, our medical staff work each and every day to better themselves and improve our medical techniques and technologies, while also sharing incident reports and other necessary information, fully implementing medical accident countermeasures, responding with courtesy and compassion in the event of a medical mishap, carrying out medical safety education and training, creating medical safety management manuals, and otherwise striving throughout the organization to ensure the provision of safe medical care centered on the patient.
In regard to our second goal, “cultivate medical professionals capable of seeing things from the patient’s standpoint,” we employ unique undergraduate and graduate school curricula at Ehime University to ensure that students not only gain the medical expertise and skills they require, but also develop rich humanistic qualities and keen insight as medical professionals. In an effort to improve patient services as an extension of this second goal, we established the Ehime University Hospital Comprehensive Medical Support Center in 2013. It was the first facility of its kind of Japan and helps to provide not only more comfortable, smooth patient admissions, but also creates hospitalization plans together with the patient with consideration for patient lifestyle following hospital discharge. Refusing to stop at medical treatment alone, the Center collaborates with professionals in various outside fields to provide high-quality medical care with consideration for patient lifestyles, and as a result this facility has earned high praise from throughout the nation.
Here at the Ehime University Hospital, we consider research to be one of our primary missions, and in order to fulfill the third of our aforementioned goals, “foster medical expertise locally in Ehime and deploy it throughout the world,” we pursue cross-disciplinary research incorporating a wide range of fields aimed at the creation of world-leading medicine, with efforts based primarily out of the Translational Research Center . Moreover, in order to improve the quality of our clinical research, we established the Clinical Research Support Center, Clinical Research Data Center and Clinical Research Quality Management Department, and using these we hope to strengthen our overall clinical research system.
In addition to the three goals outlined above, we have also taken on the mission of responding to future large-scale natural disasters, such as a major Nankai Trough earthquake. Specialists predict that this type of major earthquake disaster has a roughly 70% chance of occurring within the next 30 years, and in that event it will be our duty as a hospital to provide firm, reliable medical support for those affected. Through various measures such as regular training exercises for major-disaster responses and stockpiling of emergency-use medical supplies and equipment in an on-campus warehouse , we are cultivating a medical support framework that will enable us to serve as a center for medical response to the greatest extent possible should a disaster occur.
In these ways, we strive to provide greater happiness to patients at our hospital, and by tirelessly pursuing continued advancements and improvements we hope to make meaningful contributions to local society.
The Ehime University Hospital’s mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate school education to students and medical personnel, and carry out research and development efforts aimed at the fostering of high-quality medicine and advancements in medicine and medical treatments. In addition, we consider it a central mission of our institution to contribute to the improvement and advancement of medicine for the entire Ehime Prefecture region through our education, treatment, and research and development activities. We pursue all of these based on our guiding principle of learning from the patient and giving back to the patient in education, research and medical care endeavors.
|Address||454 Shitsukawa, Toon, Ehime Prefecture 791-0295|
|Hospital Name||Ehime University Hospital|
|Phone No.||089-964-5111 (main number)|
- 〒791-0295 愛媛県東温市志津川454
(as of June 1, 2010) Area unit: m2
|Facility Name/Section||Building Floor Space||Property Size|
|School of Medicine / Graduate School of Medicine||35,271 m2||191,168 m2|
|University Medical Library||10,885 m2|
|Main Education Building|
|Academic Support Center (Pathological Function Analysis Department and Animal Testing Department)|
Guiding Principle and Goals
Learn from the patient and give back to the patient
- Be a hospital that is trusted by Ehime Prefecture citizens
- Cultivate medical professionals capable of seeing things from the patient’s standpoint
- Foster medical expertise locally in Ehime and deploy it throughout the world
Guiding Principle for Nursing Care
Work closely with patients to provide warm and caring nursing services
- Adapt nursing care operations to changes in disease compositions
- Consider the patient’s viewpoint, learn from the patient, and give back to the patient through nursing care services
- Play a central role in medical and nursing services for the region
- Strive to improve the quality of and achieve advancements in nursing care
While providing medical care for the sick and injured and striving to maintain and improve the health of people everywhere, Ehime University Hospital personnel remain aware of the importance of their responsibilities and duties while working in the service of humankind based on a love for all of humanity.
- Always be aware of the dignity and duties of one’s calling and cultivate a spirit of lifelong learning in order to equip oneself with new knowledge and skills while striving for further advancements and growth
- Provide fair and unbiased medical care for all patients while respecting the individual character of each patient and working to earn patient trust
- Comply with one’s duty of confidentiality
- Always respect the public nature of the medical field and strive to achieve societal advancements and development through medicine
- Always strive for mutual respect and cooperation in medical care
Policy on Clinical Ethics
Ehime University Hospital personnel fully respect the dignity and rights of all patients and provide high-quality medical care based on this policy.
- All medical care must comply with relevant laws, regulations and guidelines, which entails:
(1) Adherence to guidelines regarding fetal diagnoses and assisted reproductive technologies (artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, etc.)
(2) Adherence to the Maternal Health Act
(3) Adherence to laws and regulations regarding organ transplants
- Medical ethics committees and similar carry out investigations and establish treatment policies and guidelines relating to issues of respect for the rights and dignity of all patients who receive medical treatment, encompassing the following:
(1) Cases of assisted suicide, death with dignity, life-prolonging treatments and other actions related to the dignity of the patient’s life
(2) Spiritual and personal beliefs of persons receiving treatment
- The Hospital actively pursues clinical research for the sake of medical advancements, and conducts thorough investigations and deliberations on these activities via medical ethics committees, medical research ethics committees, clinical research ethics committees and so forth.