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Greetings from the Executive Director of the National Medical Center for Children and Mothers (the Hospital)
Hitoshi Kato, M.D.,Ph.D.
Our Hospital at the National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD) is the only national hospital to encompass the four areas of pediatric, perinatal, obstetric, and maternal medicine, and is also the largest children’s hospital in Japan. In addition, the NCCHD is an academic research organization equipped with both the National Research Institute for Child Health and Development, which specializes in pediatric and perinatal research, and the Center for Clinical Research and Development. The NCCHD’s mission is to safeguard the health of the next generation and provide the best in advanced medical care to all children and mothers. Our Hospital therefore consists not only of departments specializing in pediatrics and surgery for children, but also obstetric-based departments including infertility, fetal medicine and maternal medicine. To achieve our goals, firstly, we take medical safety and infection control very seriously in order to provide safe and high-quality medical care to our patients. Secondly, we carry out translational research in order to establish practical ways in which we can use our clinical research findings. Thirdly, we actively train staff and help them to develop their talents, so that they deliver the best quality of care to our patients. Fourthly, we disseminate our research findings and information about our medical treatments to the wider community.
NCCHD was selected as one of 30 Most Technologically Advanced Children’s Hospitals in the World (2016). In this ranking list, only six children’s hospitals outside the United States were elected from all 30 children’s hospitals . The distribution is UK:2, Canada:1, Australia:1, Israel:1, and Japan:1, which is our NCCHD. It is a great pleasure to be proven that highly advanced medical care has been conducted from day to day. Without satisfaction with this evaluation, we must further advance highly specialized medical care for both of perinatal and pediatric patients.
Since the number of hospitalized patients at NCCHD's pediatric cancer center has become the largest in Japan, we expanded the number of pediatric cancer specialized wards to two and add two clean rooms. Also, there is one patient, who is directly transferred from not only University hospitals but other children’s hospitals to NCCHD, in approximate two days in last year. In order to improve the safety of patients during transport and to carry out medical care in ambulance, therefore, we introduced high-standard and large-scale ambulance.
Recently, foreign nationality patients are always hospitalized in NCCHD. Also, the number of patients referred from overseas hospitals has recently increased. We hope to promote further collaboration with hospitals in China, Russia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Middle Eastern countries.
NCCHD hospital, both in name and reality, has become the top in the field of pediatric and neonatal medical care in Japan. The status as a representative of children’s hospital in Asia is also being established. From now on, we will continue to strive to be a hospital that drives the world's pediatric and perinatal care.
Hitoshi Kato, M.D.,Ph.D.
National Medical Center for Children and Mothers