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Jen-Ai Hospital International Patient Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

2013/09/30
BY DOUGLAS HABECKER
TAICHUNG, COMPASS MAGAZINE

Jen-Ai Hospital International Patient Center: 10 years and going strong

@@To understand the scope and impact of the Jen-Ai Hospital - Dali's International Patient Center (JAH IPC) over the past decade, consider the fact that it recently served its 94th nationality - a foreign student from the tiny Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia (population of about 174,000). Over the years, the diversity of patient nationalities using the International Patient Center's services has ranged from Bangladesh, Belarus and Burkina Faso to Pakistan, Peru and Portugal.

@@Back when JAH IPC opened its services in September 2003, it introduced an unprecedented new concept to not only Greater Taichung, but all of Taiwan - a medical-service center designed to personally cater to the needs of non-Taiwanese patients, in their own language if necessary. As anyone who has ever had a medical need or emergency in a foreign country knows, the experience can be confusing, disorienting and downright terrifying. Although Taiwan is recognized globally for its excellent health-care system and boasts world-class medical facilities and professionals, foreigners can find a visit to a hospital to be a difficult process, ranging from Chinese-only registration forms and direction signs to an inability to understand or communicate clearly with the medical staffs.

@@The IPC circumvented all of these difficulties by literally taking a patient by the hand and leading them through the entire process, from registration to various examinations and doctor's consultations, including in-patient and out-patient care. In addition to Jen-Ai Hospital's own specialized personnel, IPC also makes use of international community volunteers who are on call to offer interpretation services in various languages when necessary. The fact that such a service was needed in central Taiwan is borne out by the numbers alone, as the IPC has now handled approximately 25,000 patient visits by close to 5,000 international patients during the past decade.

@@Although many other hospitals in Taichung and around the island have now followed Jen-Ai Hospital's lead to open similar centers, the IPC has continued to be a pace-setter over the years with a variety of innovations, including Japanese Medical Service & Indonesian Medical Service to cater to the recent increase of these communities in Taichung. Other "first in Taiwan" programs that the hospital has pioneered include a Baby Web Nursery Website (http://baby.jah.org.tw), Inpatient E-card Service, and - in three world firsts - Baby Video (using YouTube), Baby MMS & SMS (using smartphone) and Baby e-Files. As a result, IPC has also won numerous presentations and awards of excellence from international and Taiwanese organizations.

@@Mark K. Chan, Program Director of Jen-Ai Hospital International Patient Center, says "10 years ago, the hospital's vision was to internationalize itself and provide free interpreting services for the international communities in Taichung, which was done for patient safety reasons. And now that it has achieved that goal, it is the hope of Jen-Ai Hospital V Dali that IPC will continue to serve the various medical needs of the growing foreign communities, as the hospital believes that Taichung can one day become a global 'medical tourism' destination in the future."

Jen-Ai Hospital International Patient Center
483 Dong Rong Road
Dali District, Taichung City, Taiwan 41265
Mark K. Chan, Program Director
Tel.: (04) 2481-9900 ext. 11995
English Information Hotline: 0963-175-765
E-mail: mchan@mail.jah.org.tw
English Website: http://www.jah.org.tw/english.asp
Japanese Website: http://www.jah.org.tw/japanese.asp
International Patient Center Website: http://www.jah.org.tw/international.asp


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Media that featured this news:
   
Compass Magazine 1 
Compass Magazine 2 
Compass Magazine Website
GuanXi Magazine 1 
GuanXi Magazine 2 
 
 
Related Links:
   
IPC Official Launch 2003 
IPC Open House Event 2004 
Dreams Come True Event 2005 
IPC 3rd Anniversary Event 2006 
IPC 4th Anniversary 2007 
IPC 5th Anniversary 2008 
IPC 6th Anniversary 2009 
IPC 7th Anniversary 2010 
IPC 8th Anniversary 2011 
IPC 9th Anniversary 2012 
   
 
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