Severance Hospital

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Severance Hospital
Yonsei University Health System
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Location Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Coordinates 37°33′45″N 126°56′27″E / 37.5624°N 126.9409°E / 37.5624; 126.9409Coordinates: 37°33′45″N 126°56′27″E / 37.5624°N 126.9409°E / 37.5624; 126.9409
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Yonsei University
Emergency department Yes
Founded 1885
Severance Hospital
Hangul 세브란스 병원
Hanja 세브란스 病院
Revised Romanization Sebeuranseu byeongwon
McCune–Reischauer Sebŭransŭ pyŏngwŏn
Yonsei University Medical School
Hangul 연세대학교 의료원
Hanja 延世大學校 醫療院
Revised Romanization Yeonsedaehaggyo uiryowon
McCune–Reischauer Yŏnsetaehakkyo ŭiryowŏn

The Severance Hospital of the Yonsei University Health System[1][2] is a hospital located in Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun District, South Korea. It is one of the oldest and biggest university hospitals in South Korea. It has 3,700 beds, approximately 3,000,000 outpatients and 1,000,000 inpatients annually[3] and is affiliated with Yonsei University College of Medicine. The hospital is part of the Yonsei University Health System[4][5] which has 7,000 employees, including 2,000 physicians and 5,000 other personnel. 24,000 students have graduated from its medical schools.


It is the oldest western-style hospital in the country, founded in 1885 as a royal hospital named "Gwanghyewon" (Hangul광혜원; Hanja廣惠院) by Horace N. Allen, an American missionary doctor. It was renamed Severance Hospital on 3 September 1904 after a generous American donor, Louis Severance, of Standard Oil. In the same year, the hospital added Severance Hospital Medical School and the attached School of Nursing. The medical school was upgraded to "Severance Medical College" in 1947 and on 5 January 1957, the Severance Medical College was united with Yonhee University under the name of "Yonsei University".[6]

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