Director's Message Outline

Director's Message

《Kyushu University Hospital’s Mission》
We strive to be a hospital that can provide medical care to the satisfaction of both patient and medical professionals

《Basic Policies》
   1 Construct medical systems for a large-scale collaboration with other facilities
   2 Promote research activities for highly-advanced medical care
   3 Train and develop medical professionals for holistic medicine
   4 Improve systems for transitional care from children to senior adults
   5 Promote globalization
Delivering the Best Medical Care to Fulfill People’s Expectations at All Times

Safeguarding community medicine with a thorough response to COVID-19
When COVID-19 spread rapidly across Fukuoka in April 2020, designated  medical institutions for infectious diseases found themselves inundated with more patients than they could handle. Accordingly, we at Kyushu University Hospital quickly decided to admit patients suffering from the novel coronavirus, to contribute to controlling the spread of infection in the region. I myself sought to share information and boost morale by sending out COVID e-mails to all staff and also held almost daily COVID meetings with hospital executives. After several rounds of deliberations concerning infection control measures and hospital management, all staff worked together to put in place a system to combat this novel infectious disease. We set up a dedicated ward in the hospital’s West Wing, which treated around 400 patients between April 2020 and September 2021. During this period, we also bolstered our infection control measures in various ways, such as introducing a system of preoperative PCR tests, to maintain the hospital’s routine functions in delivering advanced and high-level  medical care.
 
Beyond the hospital, we dispatched infectious  disease specialists and certified  nurses in infection control to designated hospitals for infectious diseases and recovery  accommodation facilities in the prefecture, and also ensured that such specialists and emergency and critical care physicians participated in relevant meetings organized by the prefectural and municipal governments. Moreover, our Center for the Study of Global Infection became the core of efforts to establish and maintain a system for the treatment of COVID-19 in the region. Once vaccines became available, we mobilized a multitude of vaccinators and history-takers from the hospital and the Faculty of Medical Sciences, who vaccinated not only individuals falling within Kyushu University’s professional purview, but also around 1,000 staff and faculty members at nearby universities. In addition, our team delivered vaccinations at mass vaccination centers. I believe there is widespread awareness within both the city and the prefecture of Fukuoka regarding our contribution to anti-COVID medical care, which was supported by the efforts of all Kyushu University Hospital staff. We intend to continue doing our utmost to safeguard community medicine, while keeping a close eye on the state of infections.

 

Promoting cutting-edge medical research and feeding the results back into community medicine
To contribute to the development and delivery of cutting-edge medical care as a Core  Hospital for Clinical Research, Kyushu University Hospital is working to strengthen our systems for clinical trials and other research. Our Center  for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) is implementing many highly original research and development projects, with Kyushu University ranking second last year among Japan’s national universities by number of physician-led clinical trials conducted, and fourth by number of corporate clinical trials.
 
In 2018, we set up Kyushu  Clinical sample Network (KCNET), to serve as a bank for storing clinical samples provided by collaborative research facilities, for the purpose of conducting research into malignant hematopoietic diseases. We are currently developing a proprietary genetic diagnostic panel and conducting clinical research aimed at putting genomic medicine into practice in the field of hematopoietic tumors. In addition, the number of genetic panel tests of cancer genomes we conduct to search for molecular targets in solid cancers is increasing. In anticipation of the development of new drugs and advances in genome analysis technology in the future, we will devote further efforts to clinical research so that we can feed the results back into cancer treatment and other areas of community medicine.
 
Kyushu University Hospital also provides various other forms of cutting-edge medical care. Most notably, in the area of transplant medicine, we are Japan’s top hospital by cases of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and also for liver, pancreas, and kidney transplants.

 

Initiatives to bolster medical care functions and stabilize finances
Since the end of August 2021, we have been providing medical care via our expanded Admission, Discharge, and Perioperative Support Center, which has been relocated to the first floor of our Outpatient Ward. Enabling the large space right inside the patient entrance to be used for this purpose has made procedures from admission to discharge smoother and created a safe, efficient mechanism for perioperative management. In establishing the Center, we also altered the layout of the commercial premises, dividing them into inpatient and outpatient zones and thereby substantially improving lines of flow for patients and staff alike. In October 2021, we opened an additional operating theater. These improvements in our facilities and the efficiency thereof are designed to enhance medical care functions.
 
Although we were unable to avoid a fall in revenue last year due to COVID-19, our income has now recovered to somewhere in the region of 95% of the pre-COVID level and we foresee further improvements ahead. I believe our success in maintaining our functions as an advanced treatment hospital by implementing thorough infection control measures against COVID-19 is the reason why we were able to keep the drop in income to a minimum. I became keenly aware that the quickest route to stabilizing the hospital’s finances is to abide by such fundamentals as infection control and medical safety, no matter how critical the situation might be. Moreover, the pandemic has reminded me that unstinting investment in state-of-the-art medical care and maintaining the flexibility to respond to wide-ranging medical needs leads to stable finances and the further development of the hospital.

 

An ever-evolving Kyushu University Hospital: The redevelopment of Kyushu University Beppu Hospital has begun in earnest
Kyushu University Beppu Hospital has a history dating back approximately 90 years, over the course of which it has provided distinctive medical care that taps into its locational advantages. To expand and enhance the hospital’s functions, we are currently undertaking a redevelopment project based on the design concept of “panoramic views over Beppu Bay,” with the refurbished hospital due to open in 2024. In addition to maintaining the Beppu Hospital’s partnerships with our main hospital in Fukuoka, our policy is to strengthen its satellite functions and promote the distinctive specialist medical care and multidisciplinary women’s medical care that it has cultivated to date, thereby training young physicians to become leaders in community medicine.
 
Since my appointment as Director, I have made numerous improvements—both large and small—not only in medical care, research, education, and hospital management, but also in such areas as delivering better hospitality and service for patients, and building a better workplace environment for staff. I believe these efforts have contributed in no small part to fostering an awareness of an ever-evolving Kyushu University Hospital within the hospital and have cultivated an atmosphere that will enable our institution to continue changing in pursuit of greater heights. My term of office as director comes to an end next March, but until then, I will spare no effort in discharging my duties.
 
Kyushu University Hospital will continue to pursue further progress, to ensure that we can deliver the best medical care to fulfill people’s expectations at all times.