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Title Ajou University Hospital to Receive Expansive Support for its New Trauma Center Building in 2013
ID enurse Date 2013-11-15

Ajou University Hospital to Receive Expansive Support for its New Trauma Center Building in 2013

The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) has selected Ajou University Hospital (AUH) as a recipient of governmental assistance under its Project to Support Regional Trauma Centers that began last year. The hospital plans to build a new trauma center building on the site currently occupied by the mortuary, a project scheduled for completion in 2015.

Specifically, the MOHW will provide AUH with KRW 8 billion(approximately 8 million USD) in funding to cover the facilities and equipment required in the center, and KRW 720 million(approximately 720,000USD) for workforce recruitment and the establishment of an advanced patient transport system. This support is in addition to that promised previously by Gyeonggi-do Province of KRW 20 billion(20 million USD) and AUH’s own investment of KRW 14.4 billion(14.4 million USD).

The new building will consist of one floor underground and five floors aboveground. Once completed it will have 50 patient beds in the intensive care unit and 70 for general care patients; 34 operating rooms; advanced imaging equipment; and the highest-level medical consultation and trauma treatment and recovery services.   The hospital plans to open a provisional trauma center with 20 beds for intensive care patients in November of this year.

A regional trauma center is a facility staffed with trauma specialists who treat transferred patients suffering from serious injuries. The government’s project for supporting regional trauma centers began last year with the goal of providing specialized trauma services for patients in less than one hour of an injury’s occurrence, thereby reducing preventable death rate from 35 percent to 20 percent or below. Regional trauma centers are currently being operated at AUH, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Yonsei Severance Hospital at Wonju, Dankook University Hospital, Mokpo Hankook Hospital, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Ulsan University Hospital, Eulji Medical Center, and Chonnam National University Hospital.

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