Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital (SSMH) is a representative medical institution of Catholic Medical Center which has the largest medical network, including 8 subsidiary hospitals and 7 research centers in Korea based on its 70 years of history.
Patient oriented, one-stop medical service is currently provided at SSMH through a total of 25 special care centers including Catholic Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cardiovascular Center, Organ Transplantation Center and Eye Center.
Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital is the largest single building in Korea (22 upper floors and 6 underground floors) With 1,332 beds, 48 clinical departments, 800 medical doctors and 1,800 nurses, SSMH provides reliable top-quality medical services to 6,719 outpatients and about 1,166 in-patients per day. It also performs about 128 surgeries per day on an average.
Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital is already well known for blood marrow transplantation. SSMH ranks number 5 for BMT in the world and it is the best institute in Asia both qualitatively and qualitatively. Currently, SSMH receives many BMT patients from other countries through the G2G cooperative contracts between South Korea and Abu-Dhabi Health Authority, Kazakhstan Health Authority, and First Central Hospital of Mongolia.
SSMH became the first medical institute in Korea to have received ISO 9001 certification in 2005. As a part of SSMH’s efforts to enhance patient safety, it achieved JCI accreditation in all aspects in July 2010 and acquired the full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP) in June 2010. In July 2013, the hospital successfully received JCI re-accreditation with the score of 98% for the 1298 inspected areas.
SSMH is committed to treating international patients, and provides medical services in line with international standards. SSMH’s International Health Care Center, first opened in 2003, provides interpretation service in 5 languages including English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and French. The hospital designated an international-patients-only ward to lower the language barrier between patients and the medical teams, and translated medical forms in English in efforts to establish “linguistic infrastructure” in the field of medicine.
222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea
Major Departments & Centers
Organ Transplantation Center
The Organ Transplantation Center at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital performs kidney, liver, small bowel, heart, lung and pancreas transplantation surgeries since it succeeded the first-ever kidney transplantation in Korea back in 1969. With more than 200 medical specialists at the Organ Transplantation Center, it plays a leading role in the field of transplantation, always keeping the Catholic philosophy in mind. The Center performs not only re-transplantation, third-time re-transplantation, but also ABO incompatible transplantation. Furthermore, the Center developed a new method for transplantation for highly sensitized patients who could not have undergone a transplantation surgery because of the high level of antibody in patients. With this program, highly sensitized patients are given with antibody production suppression drugs and plasmapheresis so that high-risk patients can be treated. In 2010, the Center was designated as research-centered hospital in the field of organ transplantation and immunology to conduct research on minimizing the use of immunosuppressant and the likelihood of developing post-operative complications. As a result, the Center succeeded in kidney transplantation in which no immunosuppressant was used by inducing immune tolerance. As of 2012, the Center performed 2,300 kidney and 800 liver transplantations. The 5-year survival rate for kidney and liver transplantation patients are 92% and 85%, respectively, which are higher than the survival rates in American hospitals.
The Center is a leader in the field of small bowel transplantation: A small bowel transplantation team at the Center successfully performed a surgery on an oldest female patient. Also, the Center is well capable of simultaneously transplanting two organs such as liver and kidney and the heart and kidney. As Seoul St. Mary’s Hospitals is one of eight affiliated hospitals under the Catholic Medical Center, it utilizes the largest hospital network for managing deceased organ donors. Such system was highly recognized by the Korean Network for Organ Sharing, and the Center was chosen as the Best Institute for Management of Deceased Organ Donors. The Center is becoming a hope for many patients waiting for organ transplantation as the Center is most actively managing the deceased donors.
Comprehensive Cancer Institute: BMT Center
Ever since its nation’s first allogenic BMT in a patient with AML in 1983, Catholic BMT Center has been a leader in the field of BMT and is writing the history of BMT in Korea. Since then, the Center succeeded in performing the nation’s first autologous BMT, cord blood BMT, HLA-mismatching BMT between sibling and matched unrelated BMT. In addition, the Center adopts the most updated techniques such as low-dosage conditioning. The Center designated an attending specialist for specified leukemic and blood-related diseases so that patients can receive the most accurate and appropriate treatment and care. Not only that, they BMT Center closely work together with other related departments taking advantage of Seoul St Mary’s Hospitals’ multidisciplinary team approach. Such sophisticated system carefully devised for patients is found nowhere else in the world.
The Center exerts its efforts to the fullest to find matching donors for patients: It is the nation’s first institution to form direct network with Japan, Taiwan, the U.S., Germany and China’s bone marrow bank.. It is also a registered center for International BMT Registry (CIBMTR).
The Center has a system in which jobs of each staff is carefully divided, and advance practice nurse, transplantation specialist nurse, case manager who manages every step of the way from outpatient clinic to hospital admission are all there to care for patients. Also aseptic inpatients rooms and transplantation ward at the Center boast the largest space in Korea. There is also the BMT-only infusion rooms equipped with 42 beds. Post-transplantation care is also the very best: the Center runs BMT Clinic for more professional and systematic treatment and nursing care after patients undergo transplantations. Although the Center has abundant experiences with countless success cases, it is never complacent with the status quo, but it strives to best serve the patients with the safest and most updated treatment method. Such efforts brought forth the 5,000th cases of BMT in September, 2013, something that’s never seen before in Korea nor in Asia. In 2012 alone, the Center performed 429 cases of BMT, which puts the Center as one of the best BMT centers in the world both qualitatively and quantitatively.
The Eye Center of Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, the Catholic University of Korea, has been at the forefront in the field of ophthalmology in Korea for more than three decades. In 1980, the Center successfully performed artificial cornea transplant. With the cutting-edge technology and competent physicians, the Eye Center delivers the best possible care and treatment. The Center is comprised of Cornea Transplant and Extraocular Clinic, Cataract and Refractive Clinic, Retina Clinic, Glaucoma Clinic, Ophthalmoplasty, Child Ophthalmology and Low Vision Clinic. The Center offers prompt services with the one-stop care system provided by competent medical professionals.
Although the Center stands as number one eye center in Korea, it is never complacent at where it is, and it is continuously putting its utmost efforts to become a globally-renowned eye center. As diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are more prevalent with the aging society, the Center is focusing on retina surgeries. Ophthalmoplasty, Child Ophthalmology and Low Vision Clinic would remain the central focus of the Center to satisfy patients’ needs in beauty and treat genetic eye diseases. It is also operating a Vision Science Research Center, which is the largest in size in Korea, for deeper clinical and basic science research.
Annually, the Eye Center of Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital sees more than 150,000 patients, and performs 6,800 cases of surgeries. In 2012 alone, there were more than 200 cases of cornea transplants and 3,600 cases of artificial intraocular lens insertion. The accumulated number of artificial intraocular lens insertion reached 60,000, and a commemorating symposium was held to celebrate the occasion. The Center received Korean Medical Award in Ophthalmology for five consecutive years since 2008. Also, in 2011, the Center signed a MOU with Singapore National Eye Center, which will further advance medicine and research in the two institutions.
The Cardiovascular Center at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital is comprised of five teams: Coronary Artery Intervention Team; Cardiac Image Team; Arrhythmia Team; Cardiac Failure & Heart Transplantation Team and; Heart Surgery Team. Fifteen most competent and experienced cardiologists closely work together to deliver best possible treatment for patients. The Center was named Best Cardiology Center by Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service in the categories of acute myocardial infarction and coronary artery bypass graft. Also, the Center is operating Chest Pain Center, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Clinic where a cardiologist is on call for 24 hours, every day of the year. The Center is also very proud of Cardiac One-Stop System for those who come to the Center for the first time.
In 2012 alone, the total of 81,748 patients visited the Center. The Center performed 1,009 cases of balloon angioplasty, 252 cases of electrode catheter procedures (102 cases of atrial fibrillation high frequency procedure), and 124 cases of insertion procedures of artificial pacemaker and defibrillator. Recently, as the number of patients with peripheral vascular disease or aorta disease is on the rise, so is the number of stent insertion procedures. In addition, the Center performs the latest cardiac procedures such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and Renal Denervation (RDN) for hypertension patients. The Center is equipped with 3D Mapping System and Magnetic Navigation System, which is the first in Asia, to provide accurate and safe treatment for arrhythmia patients.
Health Promotion Center
Health Promotion Center opened with the opening of Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital as the very first health screening center in Korea. The Center is equipped with 34 years of know-how and experiences, together with the most competent medical professionals and specialists.
With these resources, the Center developed client-tailored health screening services, taking individual client’s needs and health conditions into consideration. It also offers life-long health management services with the Center’s well-organized system.
Also, the Center offers what is called as “Family Health Care:” This program was first developed with an idea that family is a community that shares similar living habits, diets, and genetic history. This is a program not available in other medical institutes. With this Family Health Care program, the Center analyzes the family’s medical history, eating habits and life styles, which, then, help predict health conditions of other family members. Then, it suggests ways for healthier lifestyle.
Furthermore, the Center provides health screening services to many international clients. With much experience, the Center provides fast-track services for international patients whose their stay in Korea is short.
– Accommodation arrangement
– Interpretation/Translation service
– Direct billing claim settlement service
– Arrangement for evacuation and repatriation
– Customized meal services
(Russian, western, vegetarian, sterilized meal)
– Other non-medical services
+ Customized Services for Patients from the Middle East
– Pick-up and see-off services
– Prayer room for Muslims
– Halal meal
– Information Provision (for patients from the Middle East)
: Mosques, Arabic restaurants, Arabic grocery store
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