With over 30 years of dedicated service as an obstetrics and gynecology specialized hospital, the Seongsam Medical Foundation's MizMedi Hospital is leading the field of obstetrics and gynecology in South Korea with its systematic treatment system and technological prowess, which are especially important in the era of low birth rates. Never losing its founding spirit, it is steadily advancing with a singular focus on its patients.
MizMedi Hospital holds the distinctions of being the only obstetrics and gynecology specialized hospital in the western part of Seoul and the first general hospital in Gangseo District.
MizMedi Hospital specializes in women's health throughout their lifecycle, offering services from pregnancy and childbirth to menopausal disorders. It has established centers for childbirth, infertility treatment, robotic surgery, breast and thyroid diseases, and endoscopic treatments. At the same time, the hospital houses departments of pediatrics, family medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, urology, breast surgery, radiology, diagnostic testing, and anesthesia pain medicine, thereby ensuring comprehensive care for entire families.
Recently, the more essential medical fields, such as internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, have been fortified with more medical staff. MizMedi Hospital adheres to the philosophy of valuing life, and continuously strives to accompany people through all the precious moments from birth through the various stages of growth.
The pediatrics department has set up a dedicated "Kids Center" building as a treatment space. For meticulous infection control, they have separated the treatment floors for healthy and ill children. The first floor serves as a zone for healthy children, and infant check-ups, vaccinations, and growth clinic consultations are conducted here. Meanwhile, the 1.5 floor operates as a zone for ill children, facilitating treatments for digestive, respiratory, infectious, and allergic diseases. Moreover, the pediatric inpatient rooms have been expanded.
MizMedi Hospital began in 1991 at Yeongdong Cheil Hospital in Gangnam, Seoul, with a modest staff of around 20 people. In 1993, it opened as Gangnam MizMedi Hospital and then as MizMedi Hospital in 2000. As of 2023, MizMedi Hospital has one location, in Gangseo District.
MizMedi Hospital has been objectively recognized for its commitment to patient safety and excellence in medical services with four consecutive obstetrics and gynecology specialized hospital certifications, three consecutive general hospital certifications, Grade 1 in the infertility procedure medical institution evaluation (artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization), Grade 1 in the anesthesia appropriateness evaluation, Grade 1 in the preventive antibiotics use for surgery evaluation, Grade 1 in the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appropriateness evaluation, and Grade 1 in the asthma appropriateness evaluation. Furthermore, in inpatient experience evaluations, the hospital ranked fourth nationally and first in Seoul in overall satisfaction.
▶ Seoul's Largest Maternity Hospital in the Western District, with 76,385 Births Over 23 Years
MizMedi Hospital is the most significant maternity hospital in the western district of Seoul, marking the highest number of births in Gangseo District. Since its establishment on February 1st, 2000, the hospital has witnessed the births of 76,385 babies over 23 years.
Recently, with declining birth rates and an increasing proportion of mothers over 35, MizMedi Hospital has initiated the 'SAFE BIRTH Campaign' in response to the evolving childbirth environment to ensure that every mother can deliver her baby safely and healthily.
Especially for older mothers, who are more susceptible to various underlying conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, collaborative consultations across departments such as endocrinology and cardiology are made available. These collaborations help to manage possible complications during pregnancy, and clinical nutritionists can adjust dietary and lifestyle habits.
Furthermore, obstetrics and anesthesiology medical teams are on standby 24/7 to address emergencies, swiftly handling unexpected situations such as emergency deliveries, cesarean sections, and painless procedures.
In addition, MizMedi Hospital's Maternity Center offers memorable experiences such as fathers cutting the umbilical cord and kangaroo care. They also conduct real-time, online newborn care and childbirth guidance on the last Friday and Saturday of each month, which have been warmly received by mothers.
▶ Dedicated Pediatric Rooms with Seven Pediatric Specialists for Superior Care
The Department of Pediatrics operates separate treatment floors for healthy babies and sick babies to ensure stringent infection control. Seven pediatric specialists cater to a diverse range of pediatric-specific fields, including pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric allergies, pediatric infections, pediatric respiratory diseases, neonatal care, premature infant care, infant checkups, vaccinations, growth disorders, obesity, precocious puberty, and short stature, and provide systematic treatments.
The foundational philosophy of MizMedi Hospital prioritizes being a 'patient-satisfied hospital.' Emphasizing this, the hospital has been keen to shift the perceptions of children from a vague fear of hospitals to viewing them as 'fun places to visit for health.' Every aspect of the pediatric treatment space has been tailored to children's perspectives.
The entrance to the Kids Center resembles a train platform. The interior creates an engaging environment, simulating a moving train exploring a jungle. The recently expanded pediatric inpatient rooms prioritize children's safety and comfort.
▶ 47-Year-Old Achieves Pregnancy and Delivery Through IVF, Sets Record for Oldest Self-Egg Use
In January 2021, MizMedi Hospital celebrated a monumental achievement when a 47-year-old woman successfully became pregnant using her own eggs via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and subsequently gave birth without complications. This marks the oldest age on record at MizMedi Hospital in Gangseo District for a successful pregnancy and delivery through IVF using one's own eggs since its inception.
Medically, a woman's age plays a pivotal role in the success of IVF procedures and pregnancy. From age 35, the decline in fertility accelerates, and the successful pregnancy rate drops precipitously after 40.
Globally, and not just in South Korea, unless women preserve their own eggs at a younger age or receive donor eggs, there are virtually no reported cases of women over 46 achieving successful pregnancies and delivering safely.
MizMedi Hospital's notable accomplishment can be attributed to the systematic treatment system of the iDream Center, the expertise of its researchers leading IVF technology, and a harmonious blend of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
MizMedi Hospital's technological prowess is already recognized globally.
Following the 1991 world-first achievement of a successful embryo transfer through the uterine wall, the hospital further improved its reputation in 1995 by facilitating a successful regular pregnancy for a habitual abortion patient through the fluorescence direct binding method. Then, in 1996, it was the first in Korea to successfully conduct IVF using the egg cytoplasm injection technique. MizMedi Hospital is continuously leading the way in infertility treatment with its unrivaled and pioneering technology and steady research.
Importantly, as age advances, eggs and embryos become more susceptible to damage, which underlines the significance of the cultivation system. The iDream Center boasts a cultivation system initially developed at Yeongdong Jeil Hospital and refined by over 30 years of experience,.
Furthermore, with individual embryo cultivation and monitoring systems, real-time observation and analysis of the embryo are feasible. Using cellular activation equipment, an environment that mimics the actual conditions of an ongoing pregnancy is created, providing optimal conditions for embryo development. The highly experienced and skilled researchers devote their utmost expertise to selecting, modifying, and cultivating embryos.
▶ MizMedi Hospital Boasts Unrivaled Male Infertility Research and Surgical Expertise
Another distinctive feature of MizMedi Hospital is its renowned Male Infertility Treatment Clinic.
The Department of Urology verifies male fertility and can diagnose and treat structural disorders and functional abnormalities. This is backed by over 30 years of research on male infertility and experience with more than 3,500 male infertility surgeries.
In 1997, the hospital pioneered the establishment of a testicular tissue cryopreservation bank in Korea and began research on genes affecting fertility in male infertility patients. In 2002, it gave the first domestic presentation on microsurgical testicular sperm extraction surgery research for non-obstructive azoospermia patients. In 2010, it was awarded by the Korean Society for Reproductive Medicine for its research on sperm DNA damage. Furthermore, in 2017, it received the Excellent Presentation Award from the Korean Urological Association for a paper on high sperm retrieval rates via micro-multi surgery in non-obstructive azoospermia patients.
Through procedures such as 1,540 sperm extraction surgeries via testicular tissue collection (notably, 615 cases of micro-multitesticular extraction), 1,511 varicocele surgeries, and 455 microsurgeries (vasoepididymostomy + vasovasostomy), totaling over 3,500 male infertility surgeries, MizMedi Hospital is enhancing natural conception rates and the success rates of artificial insemination and IVF pregnancies.
▶ Advanced Robotic Surgery Ensures Safe and Precise Gynecological Procedures
MizMedi Hospital actively adopts new technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to enhance patient care.
Since 1991, when MizMedi Hospital was still Yeongdong Cheil Hospital, most gynecological surgeries have been performed laparoscopically. Based on its experience of over 100,000 post-establishment gynecological surgeries, the hospital operates a da Vinci robotic surgery system to offer more precise and safe surgeries to its patients.
Robotic surgery is based on laparoscopic procedures. The system complements the limitations of both open and laparoscopic surgeries, enabling more meticulous operations.
MizMedi Hospital employs robotic surgery for certain gynecological conditions requiring surgical intervention, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and adenomyosis, and has plans to expand its application scope gradually.
“Patient-centered” is the motto of MizMedi Hospital’s Breast and Thyroid Center, which is equipped with a system that allows for breast imaging, ultrasound, and tissue biopsy all on the same consultation day. By leveraging the latest ultrasound equipment, mammotome, and mastocheck tests, the center is committed to early detection and accurate treatment of breast and thyroid diseases.