Kinmen Hospital Accredited as a Teaching Hospital

Date of announcement:2015/12/10
Last updated: 2015/12/10

Kinmen Hospital Accredited as a Teaching Hospital
Reporter Chen Kuan-Lin / Jinhu Township

Kinmen Hospital passed the teaching hospital accreditation and has formally become a regional teaching hospital! Kinmen Hospital made the application in June this year, and after a 3 month review, it reached the standards for teaching resource and management, teacher education, interdisciplinary teaching and academic exchange, teaching and research results, and medical intern and medical personnel training results. The Ministry of Health and Welfare determined it was qualified as a “medical personnel (non-physician) teaching hospital”, and can provide training for nursing, nutrition, pharmaceuticals, and physical therapy. Becoming a teaching hospital is an encouragement for Kinmen’s medical care, and Superintendent Wang Pi-Sheng said that it has a positive long-term effect on the quality of Kinmen’s medical care.
Superintendent Wang that Kinmen Hospital becoming a teaching hospital is a guaranteed positive for residents, who care about improving the quality of medical care they receive. However, he said frankly that immediate results with respect to better quality medical care will not be seen, and that there is a long way ahead of them after becoming a teaching hospital. Still, the longer the road the earlier they must start. He estimated that initial results will be gradually seen in two to three years, because improvements in the quality of medical care are imperceptible and not immediate, and residents will gradually feel the improvement afterwards.
Superintendent Wang believes that passing the teaching hospital accreditation “indirectly helps” Kinmen Hospital in becoming a “regional hospital” in the future. He mentioned that there are basic requirements for becoming a regional hospital, including personnel, departments, and number of beds, but becoming a teaching hospital will attract more medical personnel to Kinmen Hospital. He used the example that National Quemoy University has a nursing department and there is currently a severe shortage of nurses. Now that Kinmen Hospital is a teaching hospital, it can organize teaching activities or cooperate with the nursing department so that students will stay to work in Kinmen Hospital after graduation.
Superintendent Wang explained that the teaching hospital accreditation included the level of teaching and equipment, and hospitals that reached a certain level can pass the accreditation to become a teaching hospital. “Local hospitals” that became teaching hospitals are relatively few because local hospitals are relatively small, making it difficult to become a teaching hospital. Conditions for passing the accreditation include hardware, e.g. library, network, teaching platform, teaching and instruments, facilities, and dedicated teaching spaces; system, e.g. hospital plans, research application, and personnel training systems; evaluations are carried out by the Joint Commission of Taiwan.
Superintendent Wang concluded that Kinmen Hospital passing the teaching hospital accreditation has a long-term effect on Kinmen’s medical care, and Kinmen Hospital will actively maintain its standards and strive to do even better. Becoming a teaching hospital will not increase Kinmen Hospital’s revenue, but will have positive long-term effects on personnel recruitment, training, retention, further education, and quality improvement. An offshore island hospital, especially, becoming a teaching hospital can motivate personnel to pursue further education. Superintendent Wang specially thanked former superintendent Yen Hung-Chang and Director Chan Che-Chang, who just returned to Taipei Veterans General Hospital, because the accreditation would not have been possible without their foresight and efforts. This is just the beginning, and the true test is how the teaching hospital will be implemented in the future.

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