Osaka Medical College Hospital opened in 1930 as an affiliated hospital (Mishima Hospital, with 120 beds) of the Osaka Higher School of Medicine (founded on April 1st, 1927), and has enjoyed an eventful 88-year history. Today the hospital has 882 beds, 29 clinical departments, and 14 central clinical departments. The hospital, which plays a significant role in providing the medical needs of the Hokusetsu region, has been designated as a special functioning hospital (1994), an AIDS base hospital (1995), a disaster base hospital (1997), the Perinatal Medical Center for Mothers and Children in Osaka (2007), a base hospital for the community's collaborative examination and treatment of hepatic disorder (2008), and a base hospital for the community's collaborative examination and treatment of cancer (2009). Our hospital's functions were recognized by the Japan Council for Quality Health Care in 2010 (Version 6), and were updated to the 3rd and latest generation in 2015. The hospital is conveniently located in the central district of Takatsuki, and is in close proximity to JR and Hankyu train stations.
In addition to the three major pillars of medical care, education and research, another role of Osaka Medical College Hospital is to contribute to society and the community. When practicing medicine, we respect our patients' opinions and strive to provide minimally invasive, safe, gentle, and humane medical care, at the highest quality while using the latest technologies. Moreover, we strive to provide better medical care for the Hokusetsu area by building close and collaborative relationships with nearby medical institutions. In order to expand those collaborative relationships, we established the Broad-based Network Medical Center in September 2012. Subsequently, we opened the Cancer Center in June 2013, aiming to provide holistic, high-quality cancer care. We also established the Visiting Nursing Station and the Intractable Disease Center in 2015.
In March 2016 we completed a six-story Central Operation Building on the west side of the hospital with 20 operation rooms and 16 beds in the ICU on the 2nd and 3rd floors, Thoracic Surgery with the HCU on the 4th floor, and Gastroenterological Surgery on the 5th floor.
The most advanced medical technologies were introduced during the construction of this new operation building, and the fact that the building has a hybrid operation room with a CT scanner and an angiography as well as a room where robot operations are conducted has attracted public attention.
In June 2018 we opened the Kansai BNCT Medical Center. BNCT (Boron Neutron Capture Therapy) is a groundbreaking treatment whereby boron is introduced into a tumor, thereby enabling the selective destruction of cancer cells using thermal neutrons. Since the burden this treatment places on the body is minimal, the patient can expect an improved quality of life. After two years of basic trials, the hospital will utilize this treatment in a clinical setting. In addition, in order to maintain and improve the hospitalization environmen t, the hospital will demolish the current No. 5 building and the clinical lecture hall building so that in 2022 we may build a new 12-story Main Hospital Building A introducing the latest equipment and facilities.
We serve as an educational institution with numerous achievements, and provide students of the Faculties of Medicine and Nursing with opportunities for clinical practice, initial clinical training, the acquisition of medical specialist licenses, and lifelong education. In order to fulfill these tasks, we have created various organizations with unique features, including the Graduate Clinical Training Center, the Medical Career Support Center, the Medical Skills Simulation Center, and the Medical Training Center, the last of which controls all the aforementioned organizations. Through these organizations we strive to develop medical professionals with decency and genuine humanity, so that they can be the leaders of the next generation. Moreover, we are focusing on the promotion of clinical studies, by establishing the Clinical Research Center and implementing several advanced medical care programs approved by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as a core medical facility that plays a central role in Japan.
All the staff members of the College Hospital will do their utmost to create a hospital that can provide peace of mind for patients and their families.