Asan Medical Center
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|Asan Medical Center|
|Location||388-1, Poongnap-2dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea|
|Hospital type||Tertiary referral hospital|
|Lists||Hospitals in South Korea|
Asan Medical Center(서울아산병원) a hospital in Seoul, Korea, that was established to put into practice the founding principles of Asan Foundation founder Chung Ju-Yung. It opened on June 23, 1989, under the name Seoul Jungang (Central) Hospital, and was renamed Asan Medical Center on April 27, 2002. With 2,680 licensed beds and a total area of 280,300 square meters, it is the largest hospital in Korea. Since 1993, a healthcare quality improvement team has been in operation at AMC. In 2011, the hospital implemented an internal model called Asan Global Standard (AGS) designed around the baseline assessment of Joint Commission International (JCI). In 2013, for the seventh consecutive year, AMC was ranked Korea’s No. 1 ‘Most Admired Hospital’ (general hospital category) in a survey conducted by Korea Management Association Consulting (KMAC). In 2012, AMC was named the No. 1 ‘Most Trusted Hospital’ in Korea in the Korean Standard Service Quality Index (KS-SQI). In 2010, AMC received top overall ranking in the National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI) and was ranked No. 1 for three consecutive years in the Global Customer Satisfaction Competency Index (GCSI). In 2009, AMC received the top prize in the 2009 Most Trusted Brand Awards (organizer: Chosun Ilbo/Digital Chosun Ilbo media enterprise). In 2008, AMC received the top prize in the 2008 Social Contribution Corporate Awards (organizer: Korean Customers’ Forum).
- Total Licensed Beds : 2,680 licensed beds (1,161 in East Building, 712 in West Building, 807 in New Building)
- Outpatients : Daily average of 10,809
- Inpatients : Annual average of 922,384 (daily average of 2,537)
- Emergency Patients : Annual average of 106,846
- Surgical Operations : Annual average of 58,256 surgeries
Medical Care 
AMC has 46 clinical departments and divisions and 29 specialized centers and departmental specialist clinics, including the Asan Cancer Center, Diabetes Center, and Organ Transplantation Center. The Asan Heart Institute specializes in treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and Children’s Hospital provides care to pediatric patients aged 0 to 18. In terms of clinical achievements, AMC has a strong presence in the areas of cancer care and organ transplantation. An analysis of data from the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service (HIRA) reported in February 2006 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper found that AMC had the highest surgical performance for nine of the ten major types of cancer, in relation to cancer incidence rates in Korea. According to the 2006 annual report of the Korea Network for Organ Sharing (KONOS), run by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, AMC performed 581 of Korea’s 2,346 organ transplantations in 2005, or 24.9% of the total number for that year. In 2010, AMC was ranked first in performance of liver, heart, and kidney transplants, and notably had the world’s highest volume of liver transplants at 381 cases (performed on 367 recipients; 2:1 liver transplants are counted twice by KONOS). Since 1999, AMC has been equipped with its own internally developed computerized systems, including PACS (picture archiving and communication system) and OCS (order communication system). In 2012, a mobile website was launched to enable smartphone-based services such as making and confirming appointments or retrieving blood test results.
Research and study 
In various areas of clinical and basic medicine, AMC published 567 and 825 research papers in 2005 and 2006 respectively to domestic and international medical fields, and provides integrated courses by affiliating with the University of Ulsan College of Medicine. AMC offers medical students with clinical experiences by operating a pre-internship program twice a year as well. As an affiliate medical center of Harvard Medical School, AMC runs a mutual patient advisory and referral system with Harvard Medical School and collaborates in the areas of medical treatment, education, health technology planning through the exchange of doctors, nurses, health technicians, and administrative staff with Harvard Medical School. Through the partnership contracted with Imperial College London in February 2007, AMC pursues an active clinical exchange and joint research for the areas of clinical and basic medicine.
Social contributions 
In keeping with the founder’s vision of helping society’s least fortunate members, AMC is active in delivering charitable medical services. Every year, medical teams from AMC visit underdeveloped nations in Asia, including Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, to aid those who are economically disadvantaged or suffering from poverty. In 2011 and 2012, a number of Cambodian children with congenital heart defects received pro bono heart operations at AMC. The ‘Asan in Asia’ project was implemented with the aim of elevating medical standards in Asia. One example of this project’s activities is the agreement signed in June 2009 between AMC and Vietnam’s Cho Ray Hospital that supports training for medical professionals. Since 1995, AMC has been providing free care to medically underserved areas of Korea through a customized bus containing a mobile clinic. AMC also covers medical costs for many patients unable to receive proper care due to financial difficulty. A free mobile clinic program called ‘My Hometown’ takes AMC staff to medically underserved rural areas in Korea to deliver charitable healthcare services. In the 2012 Korea Rural Development Awards, AMC became the first member of the medical community to receive this Presidential Award. Through the volunteer work of AMC staff members, AMC supports marginalized groups like older adults living alone, migrant workers, and multicultural families. Every year, through the ‘Sharing Hope’ campaign, AMC supports treatment costs for patients suffering from disorders like scoliosis, cerebral palsy, and limb deformities.
Asan Foundation 
The Asan Foundation was established by the late Chairman, Ju-Yung Chung, as one of the commemoration works for the 30th The Asan Foundation is a public interest foundation established in July 1977 through private funds donated by Chung Ju-Yung, the late honorary chairman of the Hyundai Group. Its founding commemorated the 30th anniversary of Hyundai Engineering and Construction, the parent company of the Hyundai Group. Towards fulfilling the founder’s vision of helping those who are less fortunate, the foundation carries out a range of medical and welfare projects. Since its earliest days, the Asan Foundation has been providing the benefits of medical care, and has established eight general hospitals nationwide, including rural areas which previously had no modern medical facilities. Among the locations are Jeongeup, Boseong, Boryeong, Yeongdeok, Hongcheon, and Gangneung. The Asan Foundation supports pro bono medical care projects to assist Koreans without access to proper care due to economic hardship. Other projects include social welfare support programs to assist various social welfare organizations, including senior care facilities, child welfare centers, and welfare facilities for the disabled; academic research support program to encourage academic research; and a scholarship program to nurture outstanding talent and aid disadvantaged youth. The name of the foundation comes from the village of Asan-ri in Tongchon County, Gangwon Province, which was the hometown of the late honorary chairman Chung Ju-Yung.
Since its founding in 1988, the University of Ulsan College of Medicine has implemented a systematic integrated education system in basic and clinical medicine. Its curriculum is oriented towards problem-solving, with the educational goal of cultivating accomplished clinical practitioners and medical scientists able to contribute to human health and welfare through mastery of basic medical knowledge and skills and acquisition of new medical knowledge. In December 2004, the Seoul campus of the University of Ulsan College of Medicine was relocated to AMC’s Asan Education Research Center. Its teaching hospitals include AMC, Ulsan University Hospital, and Gangneung Asan Hospital.
ASAN Institute for Life Sciences 
The ASAN Institute for Life Sciences operates through a cooperative system between AMC and the University of Ulsan College of Medicine, and is home to research in the fields of clinical and basic medicine and related disciplines. Among the Institute’s divisions are the Biomedical Research Center, Clinical Research Center, Clinical Trial Center, Bio-Resource Center, and Human Research Protection Center. The ASAN Institute for Life Sciences is Korea’s first privately funded global bio-cluster. In a newly constructed building that opened in 2011, basic, translational, and clinical research is conducted by domestic and foreign research institutes. A collaborative research network of Korean and international researchers work in such areas as development of new drugs, diagnostic techniques, and clinical treatment methods. Its research staff includes approximately 1,300 researchers, including some 540 clinical instructors from AMC and about 760 specialized medical researchers.
Asan Health Network 
○ Subway: Seoul Metropolitan Subway Line 2 to Jamsilnaru Station
○ Bus: Seoul Bus #4318
○ Shuttle: A shuttle service runs between Jamsilnaru Station and AMC.