Monday, June 7, 2010
Chung-Li Min-Sheng Hospital Off to a Great Start!
Following phase 1 of an NTD100 million hospital project begun on September 4th, 2009, the second phase of the project, the construction of the nursing home, began on March 26 with an 11 am groundbreaking ceremony. The project, which is expected to be completed in 2 months time, will provide 98 professional nursing care services to cope with the increasing disability and dementia care needs of Chung-Li residents.
Nursing home care can cover patients ranging in age from 0 to 99 years old. According to Ministry of the Interior, by the end of 2009, as many as 70,000 handicapped residents lived in Taoyuan County, many of them with very severe disabilities; however, the county only has a capacity to care for about 20 thousand disabled. Stay care facilities have a minimum age restriction of 60 years, but there are over 42,000 residents over the age of 60 with disabilities living in the county. Min-Sheng hopes to mitigate this problem by providing a convenient, central location, with a professional medical team backed up by quality nursing homes to provide better continuity of care, becoming a trusted choice for families.
Based on this idea, Chairman Yang decided to establish two major sections in the new Chung-Li center: a hospital and a nursing home. In addition to providing a full range of medical services, the hospital will have a strong medical team from National Taiwan University, and include services such as cardiovascular surgery, gastroenterology, renal medicine, neurology, family medicine, diabetes care, family medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, urology, ophthalmology and dialysis. More importantly, the Min-Sheng Health Care System will supply social workers from its Long-Term Care Division as part of the professional care team, ensuring the best quality care.
Long-Term Care Division Vice President Peng Xuan said, “The new nursing home area will add an additional 30,000 square feet of space to the general nursing home. Seeing that between 3% and 5% of residents suffer from varying degrees of dementia, this section has been specifically designed for different activities related to dementia, helping resolve dementia related problems such as security problems. They will also strengthen professional training services to provide better care for those suffering from dementia. Another important feature is providing single and double rooms designed to protect the privacy needs of residents while meeting the business philosophy of the chairman: ‘Don’t just cure, but care as well,’ ‘dedication to the implementation of dignity,’ ‘longevity and health,’ and ‘happiness is a principle of service.’”
Min-Sheng’s Long-Term Care Division currently has four locations and a total of 565 long-term care beds and after the new addition at the Chung-Li Nursing Home, it will have more than 663 beds.