The Footprints of Aso

Iizuka Hospital

THE FOOTPRINTS OF ASO - WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Iizuka Hospital (Part 2)

In 1960 (Showa 35), Iizuka Hospital established and was fully responsible for managing and operating a public isolation ward within the hospital for patients with communicable diseases in Iizuka city as well as nearby Rokka-cho. In this way, Iizuka Hospital continued its development while deepening its relationship with the local community through medical care. However, in the decade following 1965 (Showa 40), the hospital faced issues with its aging building. The management, including Takakichi Aso who had taken over Takichi's position, was distressed by this development. Because it was a highly public business, Aso was not running the hospital for pure profit, and revenues and expenditures barely kept the hospital in the black. Although some said it would be too risky to invest in major construction, Takakichi was convinced by the hospital director and general manager that the capital investment would be recovered and better facilities would be in the interest of the local people, so he decided to proceed with major reconstruction of the hospital.

Repair work started in 1972 (Showa 47). During the course of the next more than ten years, the general hospital was transformed from a wooden structure into a reinforced concrete building. The departments became more specialized and the hospital transformed into a state-of-the-art general hospital replete with cutting-edge medical equipment.

In 1982 (Showa 57), Iizuka Hospital added an emergency medical care center. Traditionally, emergency medical care is the responsibility of public hospitals, but the public Kaho Byoin (which at the time had become a private hospital) declined a request to create an emergency medical care center saying it was impossible due to financial reasons. The only general hospital in the Chikuho region besides the public hospital was Iizuka Hospital. When looking at emergency medical care alone, it was clear that the hospital would be in the red, but Aso placed heavy emphasis on the opinions of local people who thought that urgent care patients would not survive if they had to travel to far away Fukuoka and Kitakyushu and attempts to transport urgent care patients would result in corpses rather than sick patients. Iizuka Hospital was told that if it accepted urgent patients, it would save 200 lives every month. From a financial perspective, the hospital thought it would work out because the hospital would be able to charge an inpatient fee for hospitalized patients, so it decided to accept urgent care patients. This was the first example of an emergency treatment center in a private hospital.

The mission to "save lives" has been handed down to this day. Not only is the emergency medical care center ready to accept patients twenty-four hours a day, but also other departments are prepared to provide backup as well. Because patients can be treated by specialized doctors twenty-four hours a day 365 days a year, there are many patients who visit Iizuka Hospital at late hours from areas outside of the Chikuho region. Also, Iizuka Hospital is evaluated highly for its connection with local independent practitioners, and many of the doctors at Iizuka Hospital are local doctors who have experience working at university hospitals.

Iizuka Hospital maintains its belief of offering high-level treatment for common illnesses while allowing university hospitals to take care of difficult and more specialized diseases, and it has attracted much attention from many healthcare practitioners throughout the country. Iizuka Hospital is determined to continue providing healthcare as a local medical center while maintaining its philosophy of attracting good doctors and offering complete medical care and medicine for the people of the county.

Iizuka Hospital
Address:
Yoshio-machi 3-83, Iizuka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Telephone:
0948-22-3800
First-time patient visiting hours:
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (closed on Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays/may differ depending on the department)
Parking capacity:
339 cars (pay parking)
http://aih-net.com/

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