Seoul National University Children’s Hospital (English Version)


In the 1982 groundbreaking ceremony, the first
shovel of dirt marked the beginning of Seoul National University Children’s Hospital, which
commenced in 1985 as the first independent children’s hospital in Korea, with a 285-bed
medical center offering specialties in pediatrics and 14 other fields. As of 2011, the hospital has extended into
a 312-bed medical centre, currently providing specialties in pediatrics and 16 other fields,
and has developed into a centre capable of treating 297,000 outpatients and 100,000 hospitalized
patients, annually. From diagnostic to surgical and rehabilitative
care, our facility offers comprehensive services from the 11 subspecialties of the pediatric
department, and also provides specialties in 16 other fields such as general surgery
and dermatology, all committed to advancing the health care of children. The Children’s cancer center has earned its
reputation for having a remission rate of 89~90%, and is the only institute in the country
to perform individualized hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The Children’s Cardiology Center provides
a one-stop service, giving access to outpatient care and echocardiography, all on the same
day at the center. “We are successfully performimg over 300
cases of cardiac catheterization and 460 cases of open heart surgery to patients domestic
and abroad.” (Prof. Woong-Han Kim, Children’s Thoracic Surgery) In 2010, the Organ Transplantation Center
has given new lives to children by succeeding in 15 cases of kidney transplantation, 16
cases of liver transplantation, 3 cases of heart transplantation and one case of simultaneous
liver/heart transplantation. The Gastro-intestinal Endoscopy Center has
performed 15,000 cases of endoscopies for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes over the
last 20 years. The Pediatric ICU gives intensive care to
children who have undergone major surgeries or to critically ill children with life-threatening
multiple organ failures. The neonatal ICU of Seoul National University
Children’s Hospital is renowned for its world top ranking treatment scores. In addition,
the NICU has healthily treated and discharged a 370g extremely low birth weight infant,
setting a new “lowest birth weight” record in Korea. The Children’s Ophthalmolgy center, including
a clinic for opthalmic disorders of prematurity, provides professional care for a variety of
pediatric ophthalmic problems allowing children to see the bright world without any complications. For children who have never heard the sounds
and voices of the world, the Cochlear Implant Center has awakened their hearing. Since its
first successful cochlear implantation in 1988, the center has become the largest of
its kind in Asia. The Children’s Orthopedics is worldly renowned
for its treatment in spinal and limb anomalies, as well as developmental disorders. In 1988,
without precedent in the country, the center adopted the Ilizarov technique allowing children
to run and play on their own two legs. The Children’s Plastic Surgery department
cures not only the appearances, but also the minds of the children by working in collaboration
with Children’s Dental Clinics. The Children’s Kidney Disease Center is
the only children’s dialysis center in the country and The Children’s Neurology Center
is, without the slightest doubt, the most prestigious of its kind in the country in
treating muscular disorders, neuro-developmental delays, incurable epilepsies, and degenerative
hereditary neuropathies. A child is not a small adult, and thus we
are equipped with the appropriate facilities and equipments to accommodate children. With the latest breakthrough in laboratory
technology, we have adapted the latest examination equipment for operating 24hours a day, 365
days a year . Furthermore, a specialized pharmacy exclusively
devoted to filling out children’s prescriptions ensures safety and accuracy in dosages, and
also provides consultations for children receiving chemotherapy. Seoul National University Children’s Hospital,
the national central hospital, is also a leader in adapting the latest discoveries and breakthroughs
in basic and clinical research to medical practices. Lately, the neurofeedback therapy has been
integrated in the treatment and clinical research of children with attention deficit / hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD). In order to ensure safety and comfort to the participants of clinical
research, a Children’s Clinical Trial Center has been established. In 2008, the government delegated our hospital
as the National Organization for Rare disorders, and in May of 2011, the Center for Rare Disease
commenced. Based on numerous treatment experiences, the center is committed to founding a more
effective diagnostic and treatment systems to help all patients and families affected
by rare diseases. The One day surgery center’s “one-day
care system” is the first in the country, minimizing the patient’s stress and lessening
the burden of hospital fees by preparing the patient for surgery, and giving postoperative
care without requiring overnight stay. Seoul National University Children’s Hospital
focuses not only on treating the disease, but commits to improving the educational and
emotional well-being of children. In 1999, the first Children’s Hospital School
in Korea was founded giving opportunities to continue education during treatment. In order to relieve childrens’ stress during
treatment, the school provides recreational therapy, helping them to withstand treatment
and be brought back to health. Seoul National University Children’s Hospital
also has a visiting program for children residing in remote areas bringing to them free health
care. The Children’s Hospital Fund organization
was founded in 2001, helping over 200 children cover their medical expenses. The Seoul National University Children’s
Hospital has become a place of joy and new hope for the children. A disease affects the entire family, therefore
a family-oriented treatment is provided by teaching members of the family medication
methods, measuring blood pressure, etc. to ensure continual treatment of the child even
after the discharge. Each week, a team comprised of doctors, social
workers, nutritionists, and pharmacists have meetings to reinforce effective treatment
methods. Seoul National University Children’s Hospital,
the first name that comes to your mind when you are sick, has become the most reliable
and trustworthy clinic for both patients and their families.
Seoul National University Children’s Hospital is the place where children find new hope,
the place where they build their dreams.

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