Monday, December 22, 2008

Taiwan's First Children's Health Assessment Organization Launched

Taiwanese culture places great emphasis on education। As in most Asian countries in general, Taiwanese attach great importance to the future success of their children and have very high expectations of them। However, there is a general lack of information with regard to raising healthy children. In fact, parents often times don't get concerned about the health of their children until there is an emergency. There is a clear correlation between regular health maintenance and the effectiveness of one's study habits. Unfortunately, most parents are unaware of this phenomenon. As a result, children are constantly at the doctor's office because of fevers and colds. This kind of lifestyle leads to chronic diseases that could have been avoided with preventative management. Most parents raise their children in a manner that allows them to attain many different talents, yet parents forget that child development levels, the ability of children to concentrate, and mental illnesses are the most important factors affecting study results. In short, parents must begin maintaining the health of their children at an early age. Only then will children be able to have healthy and high quality lives.

In November 2008, the nation's first children's health management organization- Child Health Assessment Center ( was established. Taiwan's senior pediatricians and the leader of Min-Sheng's Women and Children's Center, Dr. Zhou Hong-Yi, gathered together along with pediatricians, dentists, dieticians, psychologists and nurses from Tai-Da, Chang-Gung, Wan-Fang, Min-Sheng, and Tai-An hospitals. The purpose of the organization is to design a health assessment check-up. The group of experts will try and understand all of the factors that affect children's health, development, nutrition, sleep, etc. Individual children and families will be given training about restoring children's health.

The center officially opened in November. CHAT prides itself on being able to provide professional care for every growing child and helping with any problem, big or small.

Min-Sheng Vice President Liu Awarded By Taiwan Medical Association

On November 18, 2008, Superintendant Liu Qi-Tian of Yi-Ren Hospital located in Yang-Mei received the Role Model Award from Taiwan's National Medical Association। Superintendent Liu's career has spanned over 40 years of dedicated service. Some of his accomplishments include helping to contain the SARS outbreak and a lifetime of service to the disadvantaged. Regarding the award, Dr. Liu modestly said that he wasn't worthy of it.

The 66 year old Dr। Liu is a graduate of National Taiwan University School of Medicine and is currently a vice president of the Min-Sheng Health Care System. Additionally, he is the superintendent of Yi-Ren Hospital and he specializes in general surgery.

Dr। Liu was recommended for the award by the Taoyuan County Medical Association, in particular for his efforts during the SARS epidemic. Under his direction, two suspected SARS cases were detected in the Yang-Mei camp, with the last confirmed case having been identified as reducing the way people are infected. In addition, Dr. Liu has served as the chairman of a number of public institutions.

Dr। Liu gave full credit for the award to the efforts of his medical team. Dr. Liu is most proud of the fact that he has performed 5000 cases of hernia surgery in remote areas on patients aged 5 to 90 years old.

Recently, Dr. Liu is committed to reducing instances of child mortality for children under the age of five. Dr. Liu stressed that every day around the world 30,000 children die from an accident or an illness.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Min-Sheng Publishes Its First Textbook of Management Accounting and Shares Its Best Practice Experience

Min-Sheng C.E.O. Dr. Fred Yang recently had his book published-"Management Accounting Practice- How to Create a Well Run Hospital" It provides policy makers and industry managers with the essence of accounting practices and to guides them to create operating achievements. Dr. Yang has many years experience leading the accounting department. Additionally, he has spent many years in the hospital gaining practical knowledge and experience. His book provides an easy to use step by step knowledge of hospital management accounting systems. The book is divided into a total of twelve chapters. Some of the topics include hospital costs, break even analysis, management accounting and decision analysis, investment decision making capacity, performance assessment and management, etc. The book is well structured and thorough, yet it also explains things in layman's terms so that anyone could use it. For better results, National Taiwan University's accounting department director and graduate school director, Professor Li Xuxing, wrote the preface for the book. They would also like to dedicate this book to Mr. Zhang Xinghan, a former vice president, for his contributions to the accounting system.

Min-Sheng Bowl Teenager Baseball Competition Coming This Month

We need more of Chien-Ming Wang!To support and develop county baseball activities and to foster local talent, Min-Sheng's chairman, Dr। Min-Sheng Yang, officially announced the sponsorship of Taoyuan County's little league baseball tournament, the Min-Sheng Cup, for the next five years।The Min-Sheng Health Care System is the most complete health care network in the Taoyuan area। Chairman Yang hopes that by investing in the local little league, Taoyuan county little leaguers will have a comprehensive training environment. Furthermore, by working with the government and the school system, a new milestone will be created. In addition, Min-Sheng will provide Taoyuan county's baseball team with professional medical services and top rate medical equipment.Chairman Yang said that he would like to promote athletics for all people and that he thinks baseball can give the youth a reason to exercise more. County Magistrate Li-Lun Chu said that Min-Sheng has been actively involved in public welfare and has spared no effort in hopes that its continued investment will reap the rewards of better health for the community at large. She also believes that the investment will allow county baseball interests to reach an even higher level. Finally, through holding large scale domestic and foreign baseball tournaments, the county's international image will be strengthened. The Min-Sheng Cup youth baseball games will be held from Nov. 7th through Nov. 9th at the Taoyuan oil refinery baseball field. To encourage employees to attend the event, Min-Sheng will hold a family baseball game on Nov. 9th to conclude the tournament.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Advisor for the Saudi Ministry of Health Visits Min-Sheng

An advisor for the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health, Dr. Tatal Hussein Bayeri, recently visited Min-Sheng in order to gain an understanding of the hospital's operations as they pertain to international health care and the hospital's clinical information systems. Dr. Bayeri was accompanied by Mr. Dai, a case manager for the Information Industry Association, and Mr. Kao of Yang Ming Information Co. Min-Sheng's Professor Dr. Wei-Jie Lee, the hospital's executive VP, hosted the three visitors. After the visit, Dr. Bayeri was very impressed with the quality of service, the state of the art equipment and facilities, and the sanitary environment. He also expressed his desire to cooperate with Min-Sheng in the future.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Min-Sheng General Hospital Signs Agreement with Holiday Inn Express Hotel

Min-Sheng Hospital has recently signed an agreement with the nearby Holiday Inn Express Hotel। The Holiday Inn Express Hotel is conveniently located in the center of Taoyuan city. It has 138 comfortable rooms and provides free internet in each of its rooms and a delicious complimentary breakfast. The hotel also has top international management and is located close to a shopping center and convenient public transportation.

The Min-Sheng Health Care System is only one of a few Taiwanese hospitals with international standards. The Jin-Kuo campus was built in 2001 and contains 600 beds. It is the most well known large scale private hospital in the Taoyuan area. Chairman Yang stated that Min-Sheng made its first step toward medical tourism by building the Jin-Kuo campus and outfitting the hospital with state of the art medical equipment.

Min-Sheng and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel both agreed to develop medical tourism services, to provide medical services and information at more favorable prices, to aid customers in reaching the hospital for treatment, and to mutually cooperate in developing बिज़नस.

Professor Tingfang Liu Appointed Senior Consultant at Min-Sheng's Hainan Operation

To strengthen the Min-Sheng Health Care System and to enhance communication and cooperation with the Hainan health care system, a hospital management expert, Professor Tingfang Liu, has been appointed as a senior consultant at Min-Sheng। He will also assist in the development and promotion of Min-Sheng in China।

Professor Liu served as the president of the Hospital Association in the Hainan province। He was given a very warm reception by Min-Sheng's CEO, Dr। Fred Yang, and other colleagues. During the reception, Professor Liu stated that he hoped that through Dr. Yang's wealth of experience, he could help improve the quality of care and help bring about scientific and standardized management practices to mainland Chinese hospitals and health care.

During Professor Liu's speech, he touched on mainland China's accreditation system and other challenges। He also pointed out that the alliance of Min-Sheng and the Changjiang Second People's Hospital could be a turning point। Besides helping Taiwan's Min-Sheng Hospital promote mainland China's medical management and services, the alliance would also enable development of the health sanitation industry through enhanced quality promotion। Moreover, it would not only benefit senior level management, but also the development of the entire mainland Chinese medical industry.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Min-Sheng Begins New Alliance with BCBSC and Companion Global Healthcare

American insurance companies are increasingly looking to medical tourism as a means of reducing costs, especially in the face of recent economic malaise। America's largest health insurance organization, the Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina, and its subsidiary, Companion Global Healthcare, were recently in Taoyuan to sign a contract with Min-Sheng General Hospital that is expected to bring many Americans to Taiwan for medical services.
Unlike Taiwan, the United States doesn't have universal health care coverage. There are 39 independent health insurance companies nation-wide. The Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina is one of the largest health insurance organizations in the U.S. with one-third of the population as its members and 90% of the hospitals belonging to its network.
MissionCare's CEO, Dr। Fred Yang, stated that Min-Sheng has already signed contracts with seven different U.S. health insurance companies in 2008 and expects to sign with two more before year's end. He also believes that these insurance companies were willing to cooperate with Min-Sheng because the hospital was the first in Taiwan to receive Joint Commission International accreditation. Dr. Yang did admit, however, that at present patient volume from the U.S. is minimal. Nevertheless, he is confident that the new alliance with BCBSC could bring a flood of patients in the coming year.
MissionCare's Chief Quality Officer Connie Ma said that BCBSC established Companion Global Healthcare last year in order to provide its clients with a new product. She went on to say that Companion Global Healthcare arranges for patients to travel overseas, provides round trip tickets, and even provides $100 petty cash to every patient.
Ms। Ma also stated that medical costs have surged in the U.S. this year while at the same time medical resources are lacking and the wait time of patients is getting longer and longer, which has prompted health insurance companies to begin sending patients overseas for costly medical procedures.
Companion Global Healthcare has currently signed contracts with hospitals in 11 different nations. The hospitals in Asia are located in Thailand, Singapore and India. Min-Sheng has become the first hospital in Taiwan to be included in its network.
The secretary general of Taiwan Nongovernmental Hospital & Clinic Association, Ming-Yan Wu, pointed out that every American state places several restrictions on insurance companies with regard to overseas medical treatment। But, with the spread of the financial turmoil, local insurance companies hope that many of the restrictions will be lifted. Mr. Wu believes that market for American medical tourists will mature by 2010.
CEO Dr. Fred Yang told reporters that the Min-Sheng Health Care Group began the internationalization process six years ago and that within the year they will have signed contracts with nine different insurance companies. He added that shares of MissionCare's pharmaceutical company, Sheng-Hong, will be sold over the counter next year bringing them one step closer to becoming the largest health care group in the greater China area.
Min-Sheng Hospital was founded by Dr। Min-Sheng Yang in 1975. After his son, current CEO Dr. Fred Yang, joined the organization, it became more and more industrialized and developed. By 1997, the Min-Sheng Healthcare Group had grown to 11 hospitals and clinics including the original hospital.
CEO Yang stated that Min-Sheng General Hospital made three important moves in 1997. First, it signed the buy back lease deal with ING. Second, it obtained Joint Commission International Accreditation and signed an agreement with medical travel facilitator GlobalChoice. Third, they signed an agreement with UnitedHealth International.
Finally, CEO Yang stressed the need to attract the international community to come to Taiwan for medical treatment। Min-Sheng General specializes in cardiovascular, orthopedic, and minimally invasive surgeries and although none of these is an emergency procedure, Europeans and Americans will find that the cost of these procedures in Taiwan is typically 30% of the cost in Western countries

Sunday, October 12, 2008

MissionCare's Chairman Yang Wins Human Resource Development Innovation Award

Min-Sheng Yang, chairman of the MissionCare Health Care System, was awarded the "2008 Human Resource Development Innovation Award" by the Executive Yuan Council of Labor Affairs।
The "HRD Innovation Award" is the first national level award in the field of human innovation, but it is also the industry's highest honor। In order to participate in the program, businesses need to establish a complete system of human capital development। Chairman Yang believes that nurturing talented employees from low level staff to executives will foster human capital innovation and cultivate high quality talent and sustainable growth।
"Human Resource Innovation" is the development of sustainable industry and it cannot be replaced। This award has become the model for the industry। It includes, for example, the establishment of performance evaluation and an employee incentive system to encourage innovation and participation in the quality control circle. Additionally, it includes a system that promotes learning passport and the establishment of the Min-Sheng College EMBA program. Finally, it will promote education at National Taiwan University to build Taiwan's first medical organization in charge of elite education.
As part of his project to cultivate talent, Chairman Yang hopes to build a staff education center – The Min-Sheng Da-Xi Health Academy। In addition to providing professional staff training and career planning, the Academy's location inside of the Da-Xi Healh Park will afford busy students a place to relax।
Chairman Yang also pointed out that human resource innovation and development is a trend of the 21st century knowledge based economy that will enhance international competitiveness and continue to uphold the achievement of sustainable human development, sustainable human innovation, and investment in human capital।

Monday, September 29, 2008

Terry White, President of Bridgehealth International, visits Min-Sheng Hospital.

September 23rd, Mr। Terry White the President of Bridgehealth International visited Min-Sheng Hospital.

Bridgehealth International is a major facilitator of medical travel in the USA, which signed a cooperation agreement with Missioncare in May of 2008।

During his visit Mr। White met with members of the board to whom he laid out his vision for the development of international medical care, and was later given an extensive tour of our hospital.

Mr. White who has visited numerous hospitals around the world, and was himself superintendent of a hospital group in the USA, was impressed by our facilities and the professionalism of our staff. He expressed his enthusiasm at the opportunities the cooperation between Missioncare and Bridgehealth will create in the future.

Alliance Signing Ceremony between Fu-Jen Catholic University and Min-Sheng Healthcare System

For the promotion of medical practice, academic cooperation, and the research and integration of health care, the Fu-Jen Catholic University School of Medicine and the Min-Sheng Health Care System will hold a contract signing ceremony on September 25, 2008 in Fu-Jen University's third floor conference room. The two parties hope to achieve mutual support and establish a sound organization of school-hospital cooperation.

Fu-Jen Catholic University's School of Medicine is the only school of medicine in Taiwan which has comprehensively reformed its teaching method and utilized "problem oriented" case study teaching in small classes referred to as Problem Based Learning or PBL. The two sides hope the students will come to understand the future of clinical technology while enjoying a richer and more diversified learning environment through clinical teaching, practice and research. Most of all, both sides expect Fu-Jen Catholic University Medical School graduates to become the future leaders and pioneers of Taiwan's medical community.

Yi-De Long-Term Care Center Residents Show No Fear of Wind and Rain

An uninvited guest, Typhoon Sinlaku, was unable to dampen the mood at Yi-De Long-Term Care Center's Mid-Autumn Festival party। The September 13th party for the elderly went on as scheduled; however, three of the originally planned events were cancelled due to the rain। Nevertheless, the indoor percussion show still went on।

The central hall was lit up by the bright colors of a two-storey high balloon, which filled the hall with joy and laughter and took everyone's focus away from the wind and rain outside. The Yi-De Long-Term Care Center holds a variety of events every year. All activities are done with the center's senior residents in mind, and this year the center's staff worked extra hard to ensure that the event was memorable and successful despite the poor weather conditions.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wisdom Taiwan Starts U-City Min-Sheng U-Application Exhibition

The Taoyuan County Government hosted the "2008 Taiwan Digital City International Symposium" last month at the Taoyuan City Women's Center. Vice President Mr. Vincent Siew visited the scene with members of the Executive Yuan and other high ranking officials and academics.

Min-Sheng Hospital's U-Care Plan and Health Care Vision

The Heart and Soul of the Construction of Wisdom Taiwan's Healthy Life Environment

Min-Sheng CEO Dr. Fred Yang stated: "Min-Sheng's vision, in addition to serving the greater Taoyuan area, is to be a world-class high quality hospital in the global market, and to create Asia's leading health care brand. Through alliances with different industries, and Wisdom Taiwan's government policy development, we would like to create an excellent reputation for Taiwan in the international medical community, and to promote international health care and the advancement of the U-Care Aviation City plan. And finally, we would like to encourage staff members of MissionCare, Inc. and the residents of Taoyuan city to work together for the internationalization of health care and medicine. "In the future, Taoyuan Aviation Science and Technology City's application of a health care plan through Min-Sheng Health Care System's U-Care Case Office Director Dr. Xu and Information Office Director Dr. Wang's strategy will exhibit Min-Sheng Hospital's promotion of U-Care's new phase and results, including home health care management and the development of wireless health care management. The two main exhibits are 1. The Seniors Flagship U-Care Plan. 2. The U-Environment Medical Services Application."
Min-Sheng Home Health Care Device Healthy Living Assistance

U-Care Office Director Dr. Xu stated that in order to display product research and development, the "Home Heath Care Device" utilizes a MiTAC computer, Yi-Long Electronics, Gateway Technologies, Health and Life Co., Ltd, and the Yuan Ze University Research and Development Center team. Min-Sheng Health Care System's emphasis on medical resources and team-based health care; through the integration of information technology and physical measurement technology; the establishment of science and technology; and electronics, will create an "exclusive customized family physician." A sort of medical information system service platform providing de-institutionalized health care services so that seniors living at home can still receive high quality care and services.
The home health care devices are multi-lingual and voice guided so seniors can more easily measure their own physiological conditions. Furthermore, data transmitted wirelessly via the home gateway will allow doctors to carry out real-time monitoring and if need be, immediately notify patients of abnormal physiological measurements.

Min-Sheng Actively Promotes E-Medical Environment through Self Service Kiosks

Min-Sheng provides patient-centric e-quality medical services and as an industry leader, it was the first hospital in Taiwan to introduce self-service Kiosks. Through Mission Hi- Kiosk, Min-Sheng continues to promote medical web service quality, and advance convenience and transparency, thus providing patients with a new medical services model.

Medical Team at Min-Sheng Able to Cure Patient When No One Else Could

A 38 year old female suffering from abdominal pain, abdominal distention, and constipation, had sought treatment for ten years in numerous hospitals and clinics. After repeated examinations and ineffective treatments, most doctors concluded that the patient suffered from a nervous disorder, or hypochondria. The patient was eventually prescribed morphine to deal with the pain. Over time, the patient needed to use higher and higher dosages until she was addicted. Even though the patient tried to resolve the problem, she received a total of five laparotomies in ten years, which only caused her morphine intake to increase without improving her symptoms. During that decade, she needed to use large doses of laxatives and she constantly received enemas. Nevertheless, she was only able to defecate every four to five days. Even when the patient complained of chronic constipation most doctors merely considered it a side effect of morphine addiction and she was not given a more detailed examination until she came to our hospital. Fortunately, in our hospital we ran several tests that other hospitals didn't and we soon discovered that the patient needed colon surgery. After the operation, the patient resumed normal eating, and regained smooth bowel function. Furthermore, abdominal pain and distention ceased, and the patient was able to kick her morphine habit. According to her testimony, she felt as if she had been "reborn!"

Min-Sheng General Hospital has a very strong surgical team with most doctors having been educated at the National Taiwan University Hospital. The team has a wealth of experience and technology at its disposal. Moreover, it has accumulated multiple success stories through the professional division of labor and interdisciplinary treatment. Led by VP Dr. Wei-Jie Lee, the team believes it can protect the health of the citizens of Taoyuan.

Min-Sheng General Hospital Welcomes William Hoyios to the International Healthcare Team

Min-Sheng's International Healthcare Department was established with the goals of gaining a foothold in the global health care market and expanding international health care। The center, newly moved to the hospital's B1 floor, has nine multi-lingual staff members। In addition to setting up service lines for international patients, a 24-hour service window has also been established in order to provide multi-language help to foreign patients coming from abroad, as well as those living in Taiwan। The international healthcare team recently met with various domestic partners and U.S. health insurance companies to establish relationships and facilitate cooperation. In addition, the center has also recently received attention from a number of internationally renowned media outlets successfully shaping Min-Sheng's brand image, such as US News and World Report, International Medical Travel Journal, Medical Tourism Association Magazine, Las Vegas Sun, and Chinese World Journal.

Min-Sheng International Healthcare Department has recently announced the addition of a new staff member: William Hoyios. Mr. Hoyios is fluent in five languages, including English, French, Dutch, German, and Chinese. He has lived in Taiwan for ten years and has served as a foreign language center manager with expertise in marketing, public relations, translation, and other areas. Making the transition into the medical services industry, Mr. Hoyios will add vitality and professionalism to the International Medical Center.
Mr. Hoyios stated that because he could see the international medical market in Taiwan would grow and develop in the future, he decided to join a hospital that had international accreditation (JCI). He currently serves as an international business development specialist. His projects include increasing public awareness of Min-Sheng amongst Taiwan's foreign population, expanding opportunities with U.S. insurance companies, developing the tourist groups coming to Taiwan, establish foreign group web consultation, assisting in the development of the overseas Chinese market and so on. In addition to assisting people through his language skills, Mr. Hoyios is looking forward to making the world aware of Min-Sheng's high quality medical services and placing Min-Sheng's high standards of medical care onto the international stage.
In recent years, people from the United States and around the world have chosen to go overseas for medical treatment, mostly to Asian countries, such as Taiwan, India, Thailand, and Singapore, not only to avoid long waits, but also to enjoy affordable medical services. Especially because Taiwan's medical technology and equipment have reached international standards, and because Taiwan is competitively priced, there will be lots of room for growth and development. Mr. Hoyios said that Taiwan's low cost medical services have already reached international standards and that he would like to increase Min-Sheng's brand image through word of mouth in order to attract more patients from around the world.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Brothers Elephant Baseball Team Helps Min-Sheng's Long Tan Campus Celebrate Two Decades of Service.

Over the past 20 years, Min-Sheng's Long Tan branch has grown up healthy and strong. In celebration of its 20 year anniversary, several events took place over a seven day period, including an autograph session with members of the famous Brothers Elephant baseball team.
On the morning of August 7th, Chairman of Min-Sheng Health Care System Dr. Min-Sheng Yang led the anniversary celebrations, which were attended by many outstanding staff members and esteemed guests, such as Mayor Tsai of Long Tan. In the afternoon an autograph session with several members of the Brothers Elephant baseball team took place. Local residents were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the star players face to face.

Since last year, the second floor of the Long Tan Hospital has been the site of the Child Development Center, and to go along with the celebrations, the center promoted early intervention activities that left those in attendance with a lasting impression.

Having always believed that its obligations to the community weren't limited to the practice of medicine, Min-Sheng purified the water in a local water well, and assisted in cleaning the surrounding environment. Concluding the activities, doctors from Min-Sheng led a series of health education seminars regarding topics such as life with hypertension, the diabetes diet, and so on.

"Min-Sheng Medical Rescue Team Successfully Discharges Two Preterm Infants"

Min-Sheng announced the rescue of two preterm infants, one aged 26 weeks and weighing 995 grams, and the other aged 27 weeks and weighing 990 grams. The rescue once again established the excellent ability and high quality service provided by the Min-Sheng Neonatal Emergency Care Team.

The two preterm babies, Hao-Hao and Li-Jie, recovered quickly and were thrown a going away party by Min-Sheng's staff before being discharged from the hospital. Hao-Hao was born with a number of serious conditions, including respiratory distress syndrome, anemia, (which required a blood transfusion) apnea and sepsis. Astonishingly, after three months of diligent efforts by doctors and nurses, Hao-Hao weighed 2500 grams and bore no resemblance at all to a preterm infant. Li-Jie on the other hand, who is currently experiencing no complications, had suffered from apnea, hepatitis and other conditions, and had actually dropped down to 700 grams before eventually reaching his discharge weight of 2300 grams.

Hao-Hao and Li-Jie had the smallest birth weights on record in the Taoyuan area, which once again attests to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit's commitment to quality care. According to Min-Sheng Hospital's Neonatal Director Dr. Yee-Li Hung, Taiwan's birth rate has decreased over the years, yet the incidence of preterm infants is still very high. With the two births coming in May, Min-Sheng assigned an inter-division rescue team to the two cases. The medical team arduously worked for three months in order to stabilize the infants' health. Dr. Hung further noted that due to the various complications that arise in preterm infants' lungs, brains, hearts, etc., the medical team required a division of labor that not only called for a doctor of neonatal obstetrics and gynecology, but also specialists in pediatric surgery, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, and rehabilitation.

Founding chairman of the Preterm Infant Association and Min-Sheng's Deputy Superintendent and Chief Advisor of the Division of Women and Children, Dr. Yi-Hong Chow, said that Min-Sheng, by bringing together the integrity of maternal and child health care professionals, provides the Taoyuan area with sufficient ability to care for preterm infants in the most efficient manner. Additionally, Min-Sheng Hospital has benefited the Taoyuan area by providing immediate and comprehensive external referral services for high risk newborns

Monday, September 1, 2008

Congratulations! Min-Sheng Receives "Award of Excellence" from Taiwan Hospital Accreditation

Min-Sheng's outstanding healthcare quality was recognized and awarded for excellence by the 2008 Taiwan Hospital Accreditation, announced by the Department of Health।
Among 22 hospitals surveyed this year, Min-Sheng was one of two regional hospitals and 10 medical centers awarded for excellence, demonstrating our superior performance in patient safety and health quality practices।

The survey was conducted from 6/18- 6/20. It included site visits, document reviews and interviews. This highly difficult task was achieved through hospital wide cooperation, led by VP Dr. Wei-Jei Lee and CEO Dr. Fred Yang. Everyone was thrilled by this great news.

To maintain the highest healthcare quality, Min-Sheng accomplished milestones of ISO standardization in Laboratory, Taiwan Hospital Accreditation and JCI hospital accreditation accordingly. In the future, Min-Sheng will continuously pursue goals of "patient-centered" service orientation and a "three-year quality cycle" in order to provide high quality and humane medical services, meet patients' needs, and create innovative values for Taiwan's healthcare industry.

Congratulations! Dr. Hsing-Han Chen Elected as the New Chairman of Taiwan Society of Occupational Medicine

Taiwan Society of Occupational Medicine elected its new chairman, the Director of Min-Sheng General Hospital's International Heath Care Department, Dr। Chen Hsing Han, during its 11th board meeting at Tri-Service General Hospital on 7/27/2008.

Dr. Chen swore to be the new chairman at the handover ceremony testified by two former Chairmen. Dr. Chen has been with Min-Sheng since August 2002. During his tenure, he has held a number of high level positions including Deputy Superintendent and Director of Hyperbaric Medicine. Furthermore, he has served many years as the Director for the Society of Occupational Medicine.

Dr. Chen stated that he was able to obtain a majority of the votes mainly due to the fact that he works in a high quality establishment, such as Min-Sheng Hospital. Another factor that contributed to Dr. Chen's being elected as the chairman was his experience as a director in the Occupational Medicine Society. The amiable Dr. Chen has been whole-heartedly devoted to the society for many years.

Besides being a personal accomplishment for Dr. Chen, the election shines favorably on Min-Sheng Hospital. As soon as the hospital learned of the good news, posters were placed about the hospital so everyone could share in the joy.

After Dr. Chen takes over as chairman, he intends to advance the organization and occupational safety by working to reduce laborers' occupational injuries, safeguarding the security of laborers' work, and promoting the role and function of occupational disease doctors. He also believes it important to establish a system of industrial management doctors and nurse technicians by fully utilizing the society. Moreover, he would like to see the creation of an organization that safeguards both laborers and employers. Dr. Chen indicated that in the future the Society of Occupational Medicine will enthusiastically conduct occupational safety training courses, thus contributing to cooperation between management and workers, and a reduction in occupational disasters. He also emphasized interaction between occupational medicine societies on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, as well as other countries.

Min-Sheng Health Care System's Occupational Services Department has achieved a great deal with regard to foreign laborers and special examinations. According to Dr. Chen, Min-Sheng Chairman Dr. Yang, after receiving the news of Dr. Chen's appointment, said that being elected chairman of a nationwide medical society despite only coming from a regional hospital is no easy task. Besides expressing his congratulations, Chairman Dr. Yang also expressed his desire to contribute resources from his own hospital in support of the society, as well as in support of Taiwan's occupational disease prevention, and the advancement of cooperation between laborers and employers.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Min-Sheng Hospital First in Taiwan to Install Self Service Kiosks

In order to promote high quality service, Min-Sheng General has once again taken the lead by being the first hospital in the nation to introduce self service kiosks. These kiosks are different than those currently found on the market because in addition to having a dual payment function that accepts bank cards or credit cards ($700 NTD limit), the kiosks also provide appointment, out -patient clinic inquiries, information regarding all hospital services, national health insurance card renewal, etc. Due to the multitude of service functions, those going to see the doctor will be greatly benefited.

In addition, the operation interface has a user-friendly touch screen design that allows for more efficiency and speed when obtaining medical information. Most of all, the new kiosks will provide young and old with multipurpose high quality services at the touch of a button.
Director of Medical Information Dr. Wang Yao Hong indicated that kiosks are most commonly used in airports. Hospital Superintendant Dr. Fred Yang likes the convenience and futuristic aspects of the kiosks. He said that it took two years to work out all of the machines' glitches, but that investment will be worthwhile because the flow of patients coming in and out of the hospital will proceed much more smoothly. Other benefits include the rapid acquisition of necessary medical information, no waiting, and no service charge, thus providing patrons an ultra convenient and valuable experience.

At present, the hospital installed 20 self service kiosks. They will save patrons valuable time registering, paying, and finding information. Most importantly, the kiosks will lead the hospital in making the patient-oriented automated process. Dr. Wang Yao Hong points out that the transformation of the hospital into an e-medical service environment by adding the kiosks and various other IT related technologies will allow the hospital to run more smoothly and efficiently while at the same time avoiding unnecessary waiting and other complications. The hospital also hopes that through the assistance of information technology and science the transition to an e-medical service environment will take medical quality to an even higher level, and in the near future, provide patrons with a more user friendly and convenient e-platform.

For inquiries regarding the kiosks, please contact Ms. Chen at +886 3 317 9599 ext. 2045.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

MissionCare, Inc. C.E.O. Dr. Fred Yang was invited to speak at Chung Yuan University regarding technological innovation and the medical industry

In the next fifty to one hundred years, how will hospitals be different? If hospitals, doctors, and nurses are still around, the future will be wards at home and long distance medicine. This concept is called "houspital" (house + hospital).

In the past, the highest costs were associated with moving a patient from home into the hospital, running tests, examining patients, and lots of waiting. Actually, all of this waiting is wasteful because the time of patients and medical staff is extremely valuable. Furthermore, there are many areas of diagnosis which are still uncertain and unclear. These areas are high cost. So, if, through advancements in information technology and medical equipment, patients are no longer required to go to the hospital, then the majority of their problems can be resolved at home first.
Liberating Doctors and Nurses. This is an extremely important concept. Everyone can think it over for a moment. Presently, many of society's elite attend medical school to become doctors. But in actuality, what a doctor can do is much smaller than most imagine because of limitations from the national health insurance system. So, it is our responsibility to pursue alliances with different industries. Being connected to other industries will allow health care industry access to an array of different capabilities, and afterward, the production capabilities of doctors and nurses will be completely liberated. If a doctor is not limited by the front desk of the clinic, instead of seeing fifty to one hundred patients every morning, he can monitor the physiological signals of 20,000 to 50,000 patients. Now, that's one advanced transformation. I have high expectations for all of Chung Yuan's teachers and students. It's my sincere hope that all of you will, through technological innovation, assist us in liberating our production capabilities.

Min Sheng is currently in the midst of a two year U-Care plan. Thus far, after a year and a half, U-Care's implementation experience has concerned either a medical organization or the medical industry itself proactively connecting different industries. This includes the Shen Tong Corporation making the IT platform, as well as the cooperation of a few medical device companies, and insurance companies.

After that, the scope of U-Care will surpass the boundary limitation of a hospital and drive the development of new industry within the community. Finally, we hope to improve the health of the elderly, reduce the cost to the community, and spur new business.

Up to now, we have had approximately 250 patients participate in trial tests, which actually isn't many. In the next phase, beginning next year, we can apply for a new project, and I wish that everyone here, if you're willing to, can cooperate with us in presenting our project to the Ministry of Economic Affairs in order to apply for a new subject. This second phase will likely have a scope of two thousand people.

We can take Min-Sheng's patients out of the hospital monthly on a rolling basis using U-Care for appropriate illness conditions.
Innovative electronics achieve a service industry enabler. To give you an example, Instructor Lu's impressive glucose tester implant got me thinking about whether or not to place an implant in every patient. These implants could detect glucose levels, monitor heart rates, blood pressure, and immunity, while drastically reducing measurement costs. I've directly observed that the many hospital costs are spent on running tests, and obtaining measurements such as blood pressure and body temperature. Before examining a patient and diagnosing illnesses, doctors must first undertake all of these time consuming procedures. Furthermore, waiting for all of the measurements is a waste of time for patients and a big cost to them as well. If we can really place implants in patients' bodies, and do long distance measurements, then diagnosis will become much easier. In turn, this would really change the study of medicine and the definition of the hospital will change along with it. Therefore, fifty to a hundred years from now the concept of a hospital will be completely different.

Research and Development Instructor Zhong's electronic tongue system (a kind of basic taste imitation organism) made me think of a smart sensor. In fact, whether at the hospital or in the home, sensors will be extremely important because measurement costs are too high, especially the costs of having doctors and nurses doing the measurements manually. The advantages of sensors are speed and the ability to spot trends. If we had sensors on a large scale, we could precisely and quickly monitor 50,000 people at once, spotting trends at the same time. Currently, we have people willing to pay money because most people have their own insurance in addition to national health insurance! As long as measurements or smart sensors are able to change the whole community or an individual's risk profile, this business model will emerge. So, finally we hope that innovative electronic products can achieve a service industry enabler allowing service to become a possible medium and driving force.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Min-Sheng Celebrates 33rd Anniversary, unveils Taiwan's First Hospital Self Service Kiosks

Taiwan's first JCI accredited hospital, and Taoyuan's largest regional hospital, Min-Sheng General, celebrated its 33rd anniversary on July 16th, 2008 with a series of festivities. Several high profile guests attended the event, including health ministers, legislators, and precinct leaders.
Over the past almost forty years that Min-Sheng has served the Taoyuan area its doctors and staff have continually received the praise of local residents. Taking the lead in the medical industry once again, Min-Sheng used this occasion to officially unveil its brand new self service kiosks. Min-Sheng is the first hospital in Taiwan to incorporate self service kiosks that allow patients to register and pay for appointments, thus saving patrons valuable time. Aside from saving time, the new devices will also improve the service of the hospital's clinics by making it easier and faster to browse patient information.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, Min-Sheng has officially declared this year as "The Year of Touching Service." Therefore, the hospital will continue with the mystery shopper surveys to ensure that high service standards are met. However, Min-Sheng would also like to make sure that the service and environment are both warm and friendly. That's why this year Min-Sheng held the Little Star Modeling Competition. The winner's picture will be displayed on posters throughout the hospital with reminders such as no smoking; keep voices down in hospital lobby; etc. It is hoped that the pictures of cute children accompanying the admonishments will enliven the environment and give patrons a warmer impression. A life size card board cut out was made of the child who won the competition. Several guests and patients present during the ceremony were impressed by the life sized cut out. They all felt that it would make future visitors and patients feel warm and happy. Moreover, they believed that the presence of children may alleviate patients' suffering.
The activities that took place in celebration of Min-Sheng's 33rd anniversary were the kiosk unveiling, star model ceremony, children's dance performance, and the annual stair climbing activity. To conclude the festivities, anniversary cake was served and one more dance was performed

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Min-Sheng General Hospital Newly Establishes Diabetes Center

Min-Sheng has officially established its new Diabetes Center located on the second floor of the Chin-Kuo campus. The ceremony took place on July 8th at the center and in the hospital's first floor lobby. The entire hospital staff along with several esteemed guests was invited to take part in the festivities which included speeches regarding diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. Additionally, Dr. Qiang Zhuang (a metabolism doctor) and ophthalmologist, Dr. Zhi-Kai Liang, were invited to speak at the event.

The diabetes rate in Taiwan is 5.8%, and in 2006, there were 77,574 people diagnosed with diabetes in Taoyuan County alone. Not only is the cost of treating diabetes high, but the disease makes it easy to contract various chronic illnesses. Hence, it is necessary to have a team of diabetes specialists to provide care. As part of Min-Sheng's goals of safeguarding local patients by providing high quality care and service, two members from the National Taiwan University Hospital have been invited to consult at the diabetes center: Professor Dong-Yuan Dai and Consultant Wen-Jie Ke. The center will integrate community based medicine with comprehensive care. Through the cooperation of the community and the hospital, the Taoyuan area will be provided with the best available service.

Director of the Diabetes Center, Dr. Zhi-Ming Chen stated: "From this day forth, the local residents will greatly benefit from the services provided by this center. Far from being limited to doctors, it will be all of this center's members who will make it a success. That includes the nurses, administrators, nutritionists, and so on. Furthermore, the center's new state of the art eye scanning equipment will afford diabetes patients the most comprehensive follow up care available."

The deputy director of the Diabetes Center, Dr. Guan-Qun Zhang, said: "Through the establishment of this center, patients will be able to receive complete care and service that includes examinations, tests, education, and follow up. Aside from reducing and postponing the incidence of illness, it will protect patients' health and at the same time control medical costs, which is a big win for everyone.

Moreover, the integration of U-Care and telemedicine will ensure case management follow up. Not only that, but patient centered, long distance health care will also allow sufferers of diabetes access to high quality medical care. Eventually, telemedicine is bound to become a new health care market."

Monday, July 7, 2008

Min-Sheng Wins Two Awards, Including Number One Health Care Group

Min-Sheng General Hospital has been awarded two prestigious awards by the Taoyuan County Bureau of Health regarding volunteer work: Number One Health Care Group and Most Improved.

Min-Sheng’s founder, Dr. Min-Sheng Yang, has undertaken a host of philanthropic projects in his time. Among them, he has provided hospital beds for the needy, expanded and integrated social resources, and established a volunteer network. Since the beginning, there have been many enthusiastic volunteers, including a group of mothers, religious volunteers, young people, business leaders, etc. who have participated in a wide array of civic and charitable activities.

Participating in the accreditation process this time were 34 groups (20 medical groups and 14 health groups). The surveyors from the Bureau of Health were on-site May 5th, 2008. They were deeply impressed with the hospital’s volunteer network and its nine large innovation projects.

Min-Sheng’s volunteer network has received much praise lately, and this month received the government’s highest honor by being rated the number one medical group and most improved. Through Ms. Yan-Qiu Chen’s(Public Affairs Office) selfless devotion to charitable works and unmatched determination, the number of volunteers has rapidly increased to 180. Ms. Chen stated that preparing for accreditation took a year and a half. She went on to say that although many felt that the task couldn’t be done, she and the other volunteers were determined to make the impossible possible, and didn’t relent until they had accomplished their mission.
Min-Sheng’s endless devotion to philanthropy and innovation provide patients and family members with humanitarian and international services. For example, the hospital has interpreters for eight different languages, innovative services, and enthusiastic volunteers. Deputy C.E. O. Charles Chang said that winning the top award from the Taoyuan County Health Bureau is the same as winning a national award for the entire country seeing that the Taoyuan Health Bureau has been the country’s number one health bureau for the past several years.

Min-Sheng’s director of social services pointed out that the volunteer network has integrated community resources, and has gotten staff involved in volunteer work and education as well. He added that in the future the hospital will pursue social resources, as well as the cooperation of the nearby Tong-An police station and the health bureau in order to give even more back to the community.

Min-Sheng’s Foray into the World of Medical Tourism Continues to Receive Media Coverage

After being interviewed by Las Vegas’ largest newspaper, the Las Vegas Sun, and the largest overseas Chinese newspaper, the World Journal, during a trip to the U.S. in May, Min-Sheng was later mentioned in the May issue of U. S. News and World Report. The issue, which centered on medical travel, included Min-Sheng in a list of the world’s top 42 hospitals for medical travel.

Additionally, Min-Sheng is in the June edition of the International Medical Travel Journal which focuses on how an open door policy between Taiwan and mainland China will affect both sides of the straight with regards to medical tourism. Furthermore, the article classified Min-Sheng as one of five hospitals in Taiwan providing medical tourism services. The article provides a half page description of Min-Sheng’s specialties and services as well.

San-San Liao, an International Health Care Center specialist, stated: “Without direct cross-straight flights, Mainland Chinese patients may choose to receive health care in Hong Kong rather than in Taiwan. However, the capacity of Hong Kong health care is limited. With the availability of direct flights, China patients will have more access to quality health care.”

Ms. Liao also shared Min-Sheng’s international management experience, including the source of Min-Sheng’s international customers, the hospital’s latest technology, its medical specialties, etc.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Min-Sheng Founder Reflects on 33 Years of Success During Recent Accreditation Process

First of all, I’d like to begin by representing Min-Sheng’s thousand plus staff members in welcoming the surveyors and the rest of our honored guests. I strongly believe that the 48 hour accreditation process will greatly benefit our hospital and staff.

Min-Sheng was established thirty-three years ago, and although it’s a private organization with limited resources, we’ve never been shy or self conscious about who we are; with tenacity and gumption, we’ve continually strived to overcome any and all obstacles standing in our path.

Early on, after returning from Tai-Da to start a hospital in my hometown of Taoyuan, my only desire was to provide medical care for the local residents and allow them to be able to receive quality care without having to go too far from home. We radually blossomed and our patient centered outlook led us to become a small hospital chain. By the end of the last century, we felt that the medical environment had undergone huge changes resulting in the need for a large scale hospital in order to attract the top talent and to firmly establish ourselves in an extremely competitive environment. Therefore, we made the announcement to our shareholders and staff that we were once again purchasing land in order to build a new hospital. Two years later, Min-Sheng’s Ching-Kuo campus became the health care system’s flagship hospital.

This year marks Min-Sheng General Hospital’s eight year anniversary. The challenges posed by SARS and the limitations of national health insurance reimbursements hindered the progress of the new hospital for the first few years. Then, three years ago, former superintendant of Tai-Da Hospital, Professor Yuan-De Li, and several excellent young physicians from Tai-Da joined the team. Aided by this strong new team and the leadership of Professor Li, Min-Sheng was able to overcome many obstacles and rise to success. Moreover, the young superintendant, Dr. Fred Yang, through a series of astute financial maneuvers, such as the sale and lease back deal with ING, rendered the hospital a debt free organization.

Under the leadership C.E.O. Yuan-De Li, we were able to attain international accreditation. Last year, we were even brave enough to pursue the National Quality Award. Although we fell just short of receiving the award, it was nevertheless an invaluable experience. Additionally, Superintendant Fred Yang is in the midst of ensuring that the health care needs of local residents are met.

Because the current era of health care is dominated by national health insurance, and hospitals everywhere are subject to its control, hospital behavior is the same all over. Ultimately, health care providers have never faced such daunting challenges. Min-Sheng understands that it is powerless to resist national health insurance reimbursement. However, we must do our best to minimize its effects by developing international medicine, medical tourism, VIP health examinations, elder care, web based medicine, and self pay services. Furthermore, we must learn from other industries’ development models in order to maximize our efficiency and create the most value. These are our future goals.

Of course, medical safety is still our number one priority. Presently, we very much look forward to any advice from the national health officials as to how we can improve and exceed the standards set by the National Ministry of Health. Finally, I’d like to once again thank everyone for his or her efforts during the accreditation process.

(The above content comes from Chairman Yang)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

CEO Dr. Fred Yang Shared Min-Sheng's Successful Experience with Hainan Bureau of Health, China

CEO Dr. Fred Yang was invited to speak on Taiwan's successful health administration experience at Hainan Bureau of Health, China. He also spoke on health care quality at Chan-Jian 2nd Citizen Hospital during his visit to China.

Dr. Fred Yang's speech was "Strategy Analysis of Hospital Expansion" and it attracted more than 300 attendees from senior executives of the top six hospitals in Hai-Kuo. In the speech, Dr. Fred Yang brilliantly analyzed the key contributors of Taiwan's success and he emphasized that "continuous quality improvement is the navigator in the journey to success."

The next day Dr. Fred Yang attended the sign unveiling ceremony of Chan-Jian 2nd Citizen Hospital and was awarded the letter of appointment as the senior consultant by the Chan-Jian County Governor. Later on Mrs. Fiona Shi, the Deputy Director of Nursing of Min-Sheng General Hospital, had a presentation of "A Micro Perspective- Min-Sheng's Nursing Management." In the speech Mrs. Fiona Shi talked about her experience of nursing management and JCI accreditation preparation at Min-Sheng. After the speech, attendees were highly interested in Taiwan's hospital administration strategies and were eager to know more about issues of physician-patient relationship, staff education, and quality management and personnel cost control.

Chan-Jian 2nd Citizen Hospital is a well-known secondary hospital with 300 beds at Hainan. According to Mrs. Fiona Shi, the senior leaders of hospital and health system in Hainan Chan-Jian would like to overcome challenges and barriers of hospital administration. Min-Sheng's successful model will guide them in making overall revolutionary changes in the future development of hospital management, and system development. By the sharing of Taiwan experience, Min-Sheng hopes to inspire China hospitals in pursuing excellence and safe healthcare. Min-Sheng will also provide on-going assistance in building up China's health administration system, and further improves the healthcare quality in Greater China areas.

According CEO Dr. Fred Yang, Min-Sheng Hospital will have a close cooperation with hospitals in Hainan, including staff exchange and management consulting. Dr. Fred Yang's visit and speech was highly recognized by the health professionals in Hainan. Min-Sheng Healthcare System will also actively participate in the establishment of hospital accreditation organization planned by Hainan Bureau of Health.

Countdown to the Birth of Asia's Leading Medical Brand Begins

Taiwan's number one health care provider is investing in a professional management and medical services organization-Sheng Hong Medical Company, and by the end of the year investors will be able to purchase the company's stock over the counter.

Sheng Hong's operational model calls for providing innovative and comprehensive medical services. Sheng-Hong's wealth of health care experience and ability should enable it to effectively integrate and vigorously develop this potential market, maximizing profit and value. In addition to providing professional health checks, medical exams, and management consulting and outsourcing services, Hong-sheng will combine with Min-Sheng to provide increased purchasing power, integrate information systems, channel operational methods, provide optimization and cost management, satisfy the pharmaceutical needs of clients, and meet the demand for medical equipment and quality management. The estimated yearly turnover is expected to surpass one billion NTD, enabling Sheng-Hong to become Taiwan's leading medical services brand.

The non-stop success of the Sheng-Hong team along with its strengths such as honest service, and excellent management quality results, has won the praise of a multitude of different companies. As a result, Taiwan's own Bai Da Industrial, several listed technology companies, and well known airlines have become Sheng-Hong's faithful customers.

Recently, due to Sheng-Hong's successfully obtaining Taiji Electric's business, Sheng-Hong has earned the trust of several other large companies such as You-da Opto-Electric. This in turn, has paved the way for Sheng-Hong to become the designated health care management organization of these companies. Sheng-Hong is also pursuing the business of Hua-shuo, Qun Chuang, and five other publicly listed companies. Sheng-Hong has successfully expanded its business territory by obtaining over 600 contracts for health checks and medical management associations.

Looking ahead, Sheng-Hong's next big milestone will be developing and marketing its own medical equipment and products. The company has already very carefully chosen high potential developing markets as well as high potential products. Ultimately, they will integrate preventative medicine with bio-technology. Furthermore, in order to create a steady revenue stream, Sheng-Hong will build its own brand and expand its business management and service territories.

Since the beginning of the year, Sheng-Hong has been preparing for its IPO. The employees enthusiastically applied to buy all of the stock that was available to them. Because its employees believe so strongly in the company's future, demand for the stock far surpassed expectations. The company is moving full speed ahead with its preparation and intends to apply for its listing by October of 2008. By the fourth quarter of 2009, the company will have its IPO becoming Min-sheng Health Care System's first publicly listed company.

Sharing United States long term care business ideas and business models

Min-Shing Long Term Care Deputy Chief Chen Peng-Xuan invited Dr. Yang Yihong, receipent of the "2007 Outstanding Asian-American entrepreneurs, winner of the U.S.", "2007 National Taipei College of Nursing Outstanding Alumni" to share her United States experience and ideas with the Min-Sheng long term care Staff. Dr. Yang has nursing back ground and a law degree.

Dr. Yang and her husband owned 3 long term care centers in the U.S. They have successfully turned around failing Long Term Care Centers in a very short time frame. She shared with the staff her experiences of hard ships and obstacles. She described her management philosophy, marketing strategy and resident focused care. Her wealth of knowledge and generous teaching provided us boarder view of the global long term health care needs. Min-Sheng Long Term Health Care Service had been reorganized recently in order to further enhanced and improved the long term care product line. The experience sharing from Dr. Yang's description of an excellent global level of long term facility has helped us to set our target. As result of Dr. Yang's visit and speech, we have been energerized and motivated to implement some of her idea in order to elevate long term care to higher level of quality.

Amazing Gastric Bypass Bariatric Surgery Not Only ReducesWeight But Also Helps Type II Diabetes-Min-Sheng Announces its 1000th Case

Min-Sheng's Asia-Pacific Laparoscopic Bariatric Center announced its 1000th case of gastric bypass bariatric surgery performed by Professor Dr. Lee Wei-Jei on May 6th 2008. The center is also an internationally recognized research center for bariatric surgeries,and has been publishing over 30 international papers and trained more than 40 physicians from over 15 countries.

The center invited Mrs. Shi to share her testimonial of a successful weight reduction by gastric bypass bariatric surgery. Before she received the surgery her weight was 132kg last year, and now her weight is 61.8kg, with a significant reduction of 70kg. According to Prof. Dr. Lee Wei-Jei, his 1000 patients have reduced weight on average of 22kg in 3 months after such surgery, and 39.8 kg in 1 year after the surgery. The surgery is one of the most effective weight reduction methods and it's 99.8% safe. Now there are many patients in overseas countries making appointment for such surgery.

The research team of Min-Sheng bariatric center found that such surgery has an amazing effect on treating difficult diabetes. Dr Lee said, obesity is the most important risk factor of type II diabetes.

Among Min-Sheng's 1000 cases, 201 cases were diabetes patients, but up to 87.1% of their diabetes were cured after the surgery. Mr. Tzeng is a typical case that benefited from this surgery. Previously his weight was 196kg and he was diagnosed to have type II diabetes with glycated hemoglobin level up to 7.1. In the case his diabetes condition was very difficult to be cured by traditional treatment methods. Only one month after he received this surgery he lost 20kg and his glycated hemoglobin has down to 5.6, which is within normal range. This incredible treatment outcome has been published on American Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery in October 2007, which is the first successful research project in Asia.

Currently Min-Sheng General Hospital together with National Taiwan University Hospital are assigned by the University of Minnesota to conduct an international research in surgical treatment for difficult diabetes. In its first 30 cases, the cure rate is 85% with 100% safety. Dr. Lee's such research outcome has raised great attention in the world, and he has been invited to present this research findings
in the annual congress of American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) next month. Diabetes center of National Taiwan University Hospital will accept another 30 studying cases in the 2nd stage of research. Please consult with the center if you are interested in participating this study.

A Revolutionary Advancement in Treating Cardiovascular

Department Between Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiovascular Surgery
to Achieve the Best Possible Cardiac Care Outcome

Emergency rescue in the shortest time is critical for patient with cardiovascular disease. Now Min-Sheng's Chief Medical Consultant Dr.Ko from National Taiwan University, together with many health administration experts, established the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine that first integrates cardiology and cardiac surgery specialties to provide excellent seamless care beginning on May 1st 2008.

The mission of Min-Sheng's Department of Cardiovascular Medicine is to provide patient-centered multidisciplinary care. Min-Sheng General Hospital performed Taoyuan's first open-heart surgery in 2000. The hospital also installed Taiwan's first and only Electron Beam Tomography (EBT) in 2002 for cardiovascular disease prevention. Up to now the hospital has provided cardiovascular invasive preventions to more than 13,000 patients. In addition, Min-Sheng also provided one of the few 24-hour "cardiac rescue team" and "ECMO rescue team" to ensure patients arrived in the emergency room received PTCA procedures within 90 minutes (which is the international standards). Min-Sheng's cardliovascular team also provides Taiwan's first Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and other advanced procedures like Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass and Minimally Invasive Endovenous Laser Therapy. These significant milestones showed Min-Sheng's advancement and efforts in continuous quality improvement.

Hemo-dialysis is often the only choice for most patients suffering from end-stage renal diseases. For such patients, their nephrostomy tubes are often applied through the technique of PTCA catheterizations to open their veins. Min-Sheng now cooperates with Enfield Medical Company, Taiwan's biggest dialysis supplier, featuring "Total Care in One Visit" that provides comprehensive venous access for dialysis patients.

Dr. Fred Yang said: "The ability to provide critical cardiac care is fundamental to a larger hospital like Min-Sheng." JCI hospital accreditation has driven Min-Sheng to operate at a world-class quality level, now we intent to pursue JCI Disease-Specific Certificate that will make us Taiwan's first and only certified cardiovascular center.

Min-Sheng's Volunteer Team Provided Free Haircut to Moms

Founder Dr. Min-Sheng Yang established Min-Sheng's volunteer team in 1984. After years of cultivation now the team has more than 170 volunteers to provide support to patients such as book cart, companionship, prayer and spiritual support. The volunteers also enthusiastically participate in many charity activities and have been widely recognized for their contribution to the community. On Mother's Day the volunteer team invited 10 professional haircut designers to provide free haircuts,manicure and facial treatments for moms at Yee-Der Long-Term Care Center. After this activities moms were happy and satisfied with their new looks.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Group from Min-Sheng Hospital Attends Two Marketing Events in U.S.

Since the establishment of the International Health Care Department at Min-Sheng Hospital earlier this year, the hospital continues to strive to position itself globally. On May 3, 2008 a group from the hospital, led by Chief Quality Officer Connie Ma, arrived in the U.S. with the intention of attending two separate marketing events. First, they attended the 2008 Health Care Globalization Summit in Las Vegas. Next, they traveled to Los Angeles for the Taiwan Culture Fest. During both events, many attendees visited Min-Sheng’s booth. More impressive, though, was the fact that Ming-Sheng garnered the attention of the international media, and was interviewed by both English and Chinese newspapers, radio stations, and T.V. news channels. Moreover, many Taiwanese living in the Los Angeles area were so impressed by Min-Sheng’s presence at the Taiwan Culture Fest that they expressed their intentions to return to Taiwan to receive VIP health checks, and other forms of care.

The Health Care Globalization Summit is a bi-annual event that brings together health care experts, multinational insurance companies, medical travel brokers, banks, technology companies, and international hospitals for the purpose of discussing the latest trends in medical tourism, and allowing the participants to engage in mutually beneficial business activities. E-Da Hospital of Kaohsiung attended the event along with Min-Sheng. The event served two purposes: First, it enabled both hospitals to promote their services. Second, it provided the opportunity to place Taiwan health care squarely on the world stage.

During the event, Min-Sheng proudly showcased its JCI accreditation, its top surgeons’ credentials, and its services. The GM of a large American technology company stopped by Min-Sheng’s booth for a friendly chat. He had traveled to Taiwan several times on business in the past, yet he had no idea that Taiwan offered such high quality health care at such an affordable price. Afterward, the gentleman said that he would recommend that the employees at his company’s Taiwan branch office all go to Min-Sheng for a VIP health check.

Also in attendance was Patients Beyond Borders author Dr. Joseph Woodman. Dr. Woodman visited Min-Sheng last year and was so impressed by his visit that he remains committed to future collaboration with the hospital. Dr. Woodman’s praise along with the positive media coverage attained by attending the event will bolster Min-sheng’s chances of signing contracts with many large American insurance companies in the future.

While in Las Vegas, Min-sheng was interviewed by the largest newspaper in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Sun (( and the largest overseas Chinese Newspaper in the U.S., the World Journal (

Immediately following the event in Las Vegas, the group from Min-Sheng drove to Los Angeles to for the Taiwan Culture Fest. One of Min-Sheng’s target markets is overseas Chinese. Due to the large overseas Chinese population in the L.A. area, this event represented a very significant marketing opportunity for the hospital. Many local Taiwanese attending the event were excited to learn that they could expect to receive the same level of care and service that they were accustomed to receiving in the U.S. at a fraction of the U.S. cost. They were also intrigued to learn that Min-Sheng had designed a health check package specifically with overseas Chinese in mind. The package includes a health checkup, hotel reservations, tour arrangements, and other amenities.

In L.A., Min-Sheng was interviewed by a local Chinese news channel (Channel 18) as well as Taiwan’s Dong Sen news channel.

One local Taiwanese resident, who had received a health check at Min-Sheng in the past, was very surprised when he came across the hospital’s booth at the fair. He said, “Seeing Min-Sheng here at the fair in L.A. is like running into an old friend unexpectedly while traveling abroad… It’s a really friendly feeling.” He went on to add that he would refer his friends to receive health checks at Min-Sheng in the future.

The leader of Min-Sheng’s group, Chief Quality Officer Connie Ma believed that the trip was a success on multiple levels: First, it allowed Min-Sheng to display its strengths. Second, the hospital gained widespread media exposure while at the same time getting the attention of many insurance companies.

The journey across the Pacific is a major milestone for Taiwan and Min-Sheng Hospital. The health care group made large strides toward its goals of establishing a foothold in the international health care market, and creating value for the health care market as a whole. While the trip may have been a small step for Min-Sheng, it was a major step for Taiwan health care as we are now competes along side with Singapore, Thailand, etc.

Min-Sheng to Begin Medical Exchange with Japan’s Aoikai Medical Corporation

Min-sheng’s Professor/Physician Po Kuang Chen, also Chairman of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association. He earned his Ph.D. from the Tokyo University School of Medicine. Through his connection in Japan, Professor Chen, MissionCare, Inc. and Aoikai Medical Corporation of Japan agreed to sign a letter of intent which stipulates the exchange of medical personnel for training purposes, and the sharing of medical resources.

During Aoikai’s visit, Professor Chen expressed his belief that Min-Sheng’s health care system is one of the few world class health care systems in Taiwan. Since the formal establishment of the International Health Care Center in February, 2008, Min-Sheng has become a new player on the global health care scene. In this short period of time, Dr. Chen shared his expertise with several health care organizations, and provided international training to physicians.

Aoikai Medical Corporation is famous for rehabilitation medicine and nursing care. In addition to visiting each of Min-sheng’s centers of excellence, the group from Japan also visited Min-sheng’s Rehabilitation Department, and the Yee-Der Nursing Center.

During the visit, the two parties signed a letter of intent which includes a plan to exchange medical personnel, an annual meeting, and the sharing of medical quality knowledge. After attaining JCI accreditation, Min-sheng established an alliance with Hong Kong Adventist Hospital. As part of the alliance the hospitals agreed to exchange medical personnel for a period of 15 months. Min-Sheng expects that the alliance with the Japanese medical organization will greatly improve medical and service quality, and gradually achieving fruition Min-Sheng’s goal of becoming a major player in the international medical community.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

"Dual Core" to promote your health-Grand Opening of High Speed 64-Slice MDCT Imaging Center

Min-Sheng General Hospital, Taiwan first JCI accredited Hospital, celebrated the newly installation of up-to-date high speed 64-slice MDCT machine and the opening of Executive Imaging Center today. Min-Sheng is the only hospital that equipped with both 3D Electron Beam Tomography (EBT) and 64-Slice MDCD scans in Taiwan. These two scanners serve as the "Dual Core" of cardiovascular health promotion.

Min-Sheng's Executive Imaging Center provides the unique and comprehensive health screening special for cardiovascular diseases. It is also one of Min-Sheng's centers of excellences that focus on disease prevention and health promotion, instead of disease treatment. The imaging reading quality in the Executive Imaging Center is comparable to that of National Taiwan University Hospital. From now on people can save their long travel hours and receive same high level of care just within the community.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lily Chen Turns Tables on Long Term Care Management

Only three months after joining Yee-Der Long Term Care Center, Lily Chen had stopped its long-lasting deficit, and enabled the center to reach full capacity and financial breakeven in January 2008. According to Lily Chen, always being determined, committed, and grasping key strategies are her secrets to success.
Lily Chen's excellent performance comes from her wide range of health care management experience, including nursing, insurance, information, accounting, strategic planning, public relations and marketing.
Ms. Chen went on to say that the key strategies used to boost Yee-Der's census were creating better internal communication and teamwork, improving care quality and increasing resident satisfaction, enhancing marketing and expanding customer channels, and building up community interaction. Lily Chen also aptly utilizes resources from the Min-Sheng Healthcare System as sources of backup.

Min-Sheng Welcomes the New Chief Advisor of Cardiac Surgery

The new Chief Advisor of Cardiac Surgery Professor Dr. Chen Yee-Shiung, one of the top surgeons from National Taiwan University Hospital, is experienced and specialized in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery. Professor Chen actively participates in several academic and research medical societies. He is also one of the leaders in his field who combine CPR and ECMO when treating patients. He has accumulated nearly 150 such cases accounting for almost half of the total amount (appr. 300 cases) in the world.

After bringing Professor Chen on board, Min-Sheng is now ready to upgrade its treatment model of integrating cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Furthermore, Min-sheng will also introduce this model at its branch hospitals, thus providing better care to more patients.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Primary Care Physicians Join Min-Sheng's U-Care Project

Min-Sheng has expanded its operations into the senior tele-care field, and has invited 23 primary care physicians to participate in the "U-Care" home care alliance project. Min-Sheng collaborates with several industrial and academic partners to apply this U-Care project from the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Under the U-Care project, primary care physicians play an important role in forming the "Core Center," a senior care service platform, and directly provide care to senior citizens within the community. Through the operation of the Core Center and several electronic devices, physicians can continuously monitor and analyze seniors' physiological data as reference of diagnosis or early intervention. Physicians will also proactively contact seniors if any unusual data is found. Min-Sheng currently runs five "Integrated Delivery System (IDS) Primary Care Physician Groups" including 37 physicians in 34 clinics.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Corporate CEO Dr. Fred Yang was invited to speak on TV show

Corporate CEO Dr. Fred Yang was invited to speak on TV show of how MissionCare developed its mega-chain business model and its successful experience of entering the China healthcare market.

Lily Chen Represented the Min-Sheng Healthcare System at the 2008 SenCARE Show and participated in a Panel Discussion on Senior Care Policies

Taiwan International Senior Lifestyle and Health Care Show (SenCARE) is one of the biggest annual senior care related trade shows in Taiwan. Representatives from Taiwan External Trade Development Council, Taiwan Elderly Service Association, and experts from academic and industry fields gathered together to discuss strategies to address the issues surrounding successful aging. Lily Chen, the Chairperson of Min-Sheng's Long-Term Care Committee, was invited to participate in this event and express her opinions on how to make better senior care polices, including the importance of policy integration, expansion of community resources, increased financial and caregiver labor force support, and establishment of a senior-friendly community through better education and public awareness.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Orthopedic Masters of Taiwan, China and Hong Kong Join Min-Sheng's Int'l Arthroscopy Conference and Sign Unveiling Ceremony

The more open China policy resulting from the 2008 presidential election has boosted communication between Taiwan and China in the electronic, tourism, and medical industries. As part of this increasing interest, the “2008 Int’l Arthroscopy Symposium” held by the Taiwan Arthroscopy and Knee Association has invited more than 100 orthopedic surgeons from Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong and Korea to join this event. Masters included Dr. Lo Hui-Shi, President of the Chinese Orthopedic Interchange Association, Dr. Chen Chi-Min, Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Yang Min-Sheng, Chairman of Min-Sheng Healthcare System, Dr. Po-Quang Chen, President of Asia-Pacific Orthopedic Association, Dr. Fred Yang, Superintendent of Min-Sheng Hospital, and Dr. Lee Hon-Mang, President of the Taiwan Arthroscopy and Knee Association. A sign unveiling ceremony for the “Asia-Pacific Spine Center” was also held to declare Taiwan’s high medical quality to the world.

Being the first Joint Commission International hospital accredited in Taiwan and the closest major hospital to the int’l airport, Min-Sheng Hospital has always been a pioneer in the area of international health care services. The addition of the orthopedic expert Dr. Po-Quan Chen brings Min-Sheng one step closer to becoming the top spine center in the Asia-Pacific area.

Professor Dr. Po-Quang Chen specializes in spine surgery and is a world renowned spine surgeon. To achieve better health care quality, Dr. Chen wanted to establish a dedicated spine center, which would include a team of health care professionals made up of physicians, nurses, therapists and other health professionals to provide a comprehensive approach to patient care. In addition to minimally invasive or regular surgeries, life-style changing rehabilitation therapies and the latest laser treatments will also be included in the scope of service.

Dr. Chi-Ming Chen from Hong Kong said that Taiwan is world renowned for its advancement in orthopedics, and it was his great honor to participate in this event and interact with the orthopedic experts of Taiwan. He fully supported Professor Chen’s Asia-Pacific Spine Center and the idea of technology and service integration. He also believed that the close cooperation among China, Hong Kong and Taiwan will significantly contribute to the development of orthopedics care and research.

Professor Po-Quang Chen was the founder of the Asia-Pacific Orthopedic Association and has been an important figure in introducing Taiwan medicine to the world. He has been earnestly promoting Taiwan’s medical talents domestically and internationally for the past 30 years at the National Taiwan University Hospital. BeginningTC this June or July, he will also accept trainees from overseas countries at Min-Sheng with hope of not only gaining further recognition of Taiwan’s top surgical techniques but also sharing them to contribute to Chinese society all over the world. The sign unveiling of the “Asia-Pacific Spine Center” not only represents Min-Sheng’s determination of going global, but also adds another milestone to Taiwan’s medical diplomacy.