The Ehime University School of Medicine was established in 1973, and the Ehime University Hospital was opened three years later in October 1976. Equipped with 15 medical departments and 320 beds at its outset, the Hospital has served as a central medical facility in Ehime Prefecture for roughly 40 years now, providing medical care services rooted in the local community and based on our unwavering philosophy, “learn from the patient and give back to the patient.”
Over the years, the Hospital has grown significantly and now includes 24 departments, 42 central care facilities and 644 beds. We employ more than 500 doctors, approximately 700 nurses, and various other staff for a total personnel force of just under 2,000 people, all of whom work their hardest to provide the best care possible.
The Hospital has three goals: (1) be a hospital that is trusted by Ehime Prefecture citizens, (2) cultivate medical professionals capable of seeing things from the patient’s standpoint, and (3) foster medical expertise locally in Ehime and deploy it throughout the world.
Dr. Hiromasa Miura
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||42,299 m2||191,667 m2|
|University Hospital||65,553 m2|
|University Medical Library||7,374 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.