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Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital
(Operation under entrustment with Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital)

 
 

History

 

 

  In 1946, Kaohsiung Municipal Hospital was established. The hospital
renamed Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital in 1979 and became a branch of Kaohsiung Municipal United Hospital on January 1, 2003.
   
  In order to implement a reconstruction project, Kaohsiung City Government
decided to let private sector run the hospital to improve efficiency. On January 12, 2009, Kaohsiung City Council held an interim meeting to pass the ROT project of Ta-Tung Branch of the United Hospital. The Department of Health conducted public bidding within the following months; on July 8, the Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital was qualified as the best applicant and has the right of management for 15 years. The post reconstruction hospital expected to have 23 medical specialties and 479 licensed beds in 3 years. The goal is to become a regional teaching hospital which provides reliable and quality service.


Performance

 
  With 87 days reconstruction, Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital(KMTTH) reopened at
March 29,2010,providing outpatient, inpatient and emergency care services. The service volume and scale grows up continually. Till now, the hospital has 350 acute care beds, 22 intensive care beds. Currently, monthly outpatient visits is up to 40,000 visits; hospital stay is over 6,500 patient days and emergency room visit is over 3,500 visits.
   
  Due to high aging population in service area, our hospital provides integrated

multispecialty clinic for patient over 65, delivering all kind of services, such as health management, preventive care, and treatment of acute and chronic disease. Our efforts recognized by Bureau of Health Promotion, so was granted the Certification of Elder Friendly Hospital.

   
  Other medical development programs include minimally invasive surgery,
women healthcare center, high-end imaging medicine, invasive cardiology, the appraisals of disability and etc.. With support from KMU Healthcare System, the KMTTH is able to provide quality care, promotes healthy community, and to achieve the vision-“To become the best community hospital which pursues excellence and provides Holistic care”
   

Quality

 
  As rising service volume, TQM is implemented to insure quality care. The
hospital emphasizes on all kind of quality-related activities, such as training programs, indicator monitoring, risk assessment, process standardization and improvement. To verify outcome, we introduced the third-party audit and acquired certification, such as ISO/IWA1:2005, ISO 15189 and ISO 27001.
   

Community Health

 
  The center of community health promotion collaborates with Bureau of Health,
community health groups (5 groups with 32clinics) execute health promotion strategy in communities. For these two years, 56 community health education courses, and 46 health screening activities were held. Community Medical Conference was taken place very two months in order to raise the quality of fundamental health by case conference.
   

Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site Excision for Adrenal Tumor

 
The adrenal gland is located deep in the retroperitoneum beneath the diaphragm. Since the first report on laparoscopic adrenalectomy (LA) by Gagner et al in 1992, the laparoscopic approach has become the preferred technique to remove benign functioning and non-functioning tumors of the adrenal gland. KMTTH Department of Urology went one step further, introducing the Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site Excision for Adrenal Tumor. Compared to traditional laparoscopic adrenalectomy (LA), patients had single site LA experienced smaller incision size(3.12 +/- 0.24 cm vs. 4.71 +/- 0.83 cm), shorter hospital stay (4.37 +/- 1.21 days vs. 6.35 +/- 3.37 days) and earlier oral intake (0.63 +/- 0.49 days vs. 1.18 +/- 0.52 days) postoperatively. Not only patients were satisfied with the outcome, physicians also recognized benefits of single site LA and came to our hospital for training.  
   

 

   
   

Achievements

 

To encourage publication from employees, the auxiliary and awards system is offered. In 99 academic year, the funding of 4,104,500 dollars was granted to 24 accepted research projects. In 100 academic year, the funding of 3,969,000元dollars was granted to 21 accepted research projects. The Subsidy rate is 74.2% . In 2011, 103 paper were published in the name of Ta-Tung Hospital and 41 of them are SCI and our employees are the first or corresponding author.

   

Future Prospects

 

Our contract compliance reaches 100%. In the first phase of the contract, Ta-Tung Hospital will dedicate to cooperate with public health policy, take the responsibility of municipal hospital and become the highly-recognized community hospital. Kaohsiung Municipal Hospital is expected to be the model of Act for Promotion of Private Participation, and to create a win-win-win situation among Kaohsiung City Government, residents and KMU Healthcare System.