Opened in 1993, Sungmin Hospitalis a general hospital with 253 beds, and is located in Seo-gu, Incheon City. Its 17 specialists provide diagnosis and treatment services in internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, pediatrics, clinical pathology, radiology and anesthesiology. It was designated a model secondary care institution in 2007 and won the Health & Welfare Minister’s award last year for its exemplary secondary care services. More recently, on October 26 of this year, it was named as a medical institution specialized in finger replantation surgery.
Sungmin Hospital has striven to meet various medical demands in the major industrial and residential complexes of Incheon City. In particular, it has excelled at treating crush injuries and severed limbs, injuries fairly common among blue-collar workers. The hospital’s ability can be ascribed to its continuous investment in and clinical research into improving its surgical expertise. Such efforts brought it the Academic Treatise Award in 2007, presented by the Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand. Furthermore, it presented papers at the American Socieœty of Microsurgery and the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand. At present, it is running a dedicated ward for the more systemic management of surgical operations and rehabilitation.
In addition, it is home to clinics that diagnose and treat arthritis and spinal diseases. The former, in particular, elevated its standing nationwide last year, when it won the Top Paper Award from the Korean Arthroscopy Society.
As part of Incheon City’s project to promote medical tourism, Sungmin Hospital is offering treatment services to migrant workers in Korea and those overseas suffering with a severed limb. With many of the inpatients being foreigners, staff members are doing their utmost to make them feel comfortable during their treatment.
Back in January, a young Korean man lost the uppermost part of his little finger in an accident in China. He could not undergo any surgery in that country and was thus moved to Sungmin Hospital. After a successful operation, he showed his heartfelt gratitude to the hospital, saying, “Chinese doctors, citing the fine blood vessel structure at that point of the finger, recommended suture, not inosculation, and I was extremely terrified of losing part of my finger.”
Nowadays, the institution is busy constructing a new wing scheduled for completion in 2012. It will be equipped with cutting-edge medical equipment and systems in order to better satisfy patient’s ever-increasing needs. Once put into service, several new departments will be added and the number of beds will rise to approximately 350, ensuring its contribution to the local community will be boosted down the road. In the meantime, a new parking tower was constructed last year, and which offers a valet parking service in order to increase convenience for patients and their families.