Severance Hospital, Yonsei University Health System
Part of Korea's giant Yonsei University Health System, Severance Hospital was established in 1885. Yonsei is one of North Asia's largest hospital networks, accommodating more than 2,000 beds and boasting 970 physicians and surgeons (many English-speaking) plus 4,170 additional staff.
As an annual average, Severance/Yonsei performs more than 44,000 surgeries and sees approximately 1.6 million outpatients and 660,000 inpatients. With its five adjoining specialty centers, Severance and Yonsei offer services to international patients through more than 60 clinical departments and divisions, including three specialty facilities (Cancer Hospital, Spine Hospital and Dental Hospital).
Best known for oncology, cardiology, ophthalmology, and orthopedics, the hospital is of particular interest to international patients for Da Vinci robotic surgery as well as difficult plastic and reconstructive surgery cases. Severance also offers comprehensive VIP Health Screenings for risk factors and early disease detection. Severance’s Centers of Excellence include:
Cancer Center, Korea’s first, providing systematic clinical examination and treatment. The center has played a crucial role in treatment development, including whole-body radiation examination for marrow transplant patients, a heat remedy to kill cancer cells, and radiation neurosurgery options for cerebral tumors. TomoTherapy, the latest in radiation therapy, has been utilized since 2006. The center continues to produce ground-breaking research results through a Sister Institution Relationship with the renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the US.
Rehabilitation Hospital, providing multidisciplinary services in physical, occupational, and speech therapy, including the production of auxiliary devices, such as artificial limbs. Specialized rehabilitation programs are offered for stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, pediatric patients, amputees, and chronic pain. The hospital also offers a variety of specialized diagnostic procedures, such as motion analysis, urodynamics, functional electrical stimulation, and computerized infrared thermographic imaging.
Cardiovascular Hospital, providing comprehensive and advanced care through its three departments (cardiology, pediatric cardiology, and cardiovascular surgery), ten specialized clinics, and a new outpatient clinic. Procedures offered include open-heart surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repair, heart transplantation, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic cardiac surgery, and aorta and peripheral vascular surgery.
Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital, averaging 900 patients daily and offering many day-surgery programs. The hospital has set many Korean precedents, including the country’s first artificial cochlear implant, and has been recognized for developing a myopia eyeball-fixation device. Treatment is provided for Behcet’s disease, cataracts, glaucoma, vitreoretinal disorders, deafness rehabilitation, allergies, snoring, dizziness, head and neck tumors, and speech disorders.
Children’s Hospital, the second of its kind in Korea. Utilizing a multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment system, this 200-bed hospital specializes in complicated cases transferred from local hospitals. Its clinics include an Epilepsy Clinic and Pediatric Cancer Clinic. The hospital has a Sister Institution Relationship with the world-renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Severance has been operating an International Health Care Center since 1962 to coordinate international patients’ primary care and referrals to specialists throughout the hospital. All of the center’s doctors and staff speak English, and interpretation in other languages can be arranged. The staff manages pre-visit consultations, transportation, accommodations, and tourism services for patients from overseas. In 2007 the center welcomed more than 2,000 incoming patients from the US and Canada.
Additionally, Severance serves as the referral hospital for US military personnel in Korea and the on-call hospital for US presidential visits. Severance received initial JCI accreditation in 2007, then renewals in 2010 and 2013.
Last updated on 21 October 2015
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