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."