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Hospital Overview

History of Kobe University Hospital and Former Directors

History of KUH

Meiji Era (1868-1912)
Kobe Hospital built in 1869

Kobe Hospital built in 1869

1868 April Byoin Goyou Gakari (Imperial task force for Hospitals) was established at the Kobe Foreign Office, and hospital construction began.
1869 April Opening ceremony of Kobe Hospital
1877 February Kobe Hospital renamed Kobe Public Hospital
  November Branch hospitals established in Akashi and Nishinomiya
1882 December Kobe Public Hospital renamed Kobe Prefectural Hospital
1900 April Kobe Prefectural Hospital was relocated and renewed (Kusunokicho 6 chome, Chuo ward)

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Showa Era (1925-1989)
Aerial photograph of Kobe Prefectural Hospital Built in 1930.

Aerial photograph of Kobe Prefectural Hospital
Built in 1930.

Front view of Kobe Prefectural Hospital Built in 1930.

Front view of Kobe Prefectural Hospital
Built in 1930.

Entrance hall of Kobe Prefectural Hospital Built in 1930.

Entrance hall of Kobe Prefectural Hospital
Built in 1930.

Panoramic view of Kobe Prefectural Medical University(around 1960)

Panoramic view of Kobe Prefectural Medical University
(around 1960)

Lobby in front of Pharmacy, Medical University Hospital

Lobby in front of Pharmacy, Medical University Hospital

Entrance hall, Medical University Hospital

Entrance hall, Medical University Hospital

Panoramic view, 1980

Panoramic view, 1980

Front view of the completed outpatient building and clinical research building(December, 1986)

Front view of the completed outpatient building and clinical research building
(December, 1986)

1930 December Main hospital building completed (14218 m2)
1952 February The Prefectural Medical University Hospital was renamed Kobe Prefectural Medical University Hospital
1957 December Main building of the University, new internal medicine ward, hospital meal facilities completed (8407 m2, 1,004 beds)
1964 April Faculty of Medicine established at Kobe University, Kobe Prefectural Medical University transfer to National University status started.
1967 June Kobe Prefectural Medical University Hospital and Prefectural Female Welfare College transferred to National University status and renamed Kobe University Hospital and Kobe University School of Nursing.(Clinical Departments : Internal Medicine(I), Internal Medicine(II), Surgery(I), Surgery(II), Orthopaedic Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Psychiatry and Neurology, Pediatrics, Radiology, Dermatology, Urology, Anesthesiology, Dentistry, Department of Clinical Laboratory, Department of Surgical Care, Department of Pharmacy )
  July Stage 1 construction of the new hospital building completed
1968 April Internal medicine (III) established
1969 February Stage 2 construction of the new hospital building completed
  April Neurosurgery Department established
1972 April Center for Radiology and Radiation Oncology established
1973 April Obstetrics section was established
  May Tuberculosis ward closure approved
1975 July Additional housing for nurses completed
  October Department of Blood Transfusion established
Dentistry renamed Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
1976 May Department of Nursing established
1978 October Central Supply Service established
1981 April Department of Diagnostic Pathology established
1982 April Department of Physical Therapy established
1983 December Clinical Facilities Building completed
1984 September Center for Perinatal Care established and Obstetrics section was absorbed
1986 April Department of Metabolic Disorder Clinical Care established
  September Center for Medical Information Processing established
  December Outpatient Clinic Building and Clinical Research Building completed
1988 March High-energy Treatment Ward completed
  April Department of Emergency Medicine established

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Heisei Era (1989-present)
Hospital Building 2 completed (August, 1994)

Hospital Building 2 completed (August, 1994)

Hospital Building 1 (New building) completed(September, 2001)

Hospital Building 1 (New building) completed
(September, 2001)

Patient transport helicopter landed on the heliport on the roof of Building 1 (New Building) (disaster training)

Patient transport helicopter landed on the heliport on the roof of Building 1 (New Building) (disaster training)

Panoramic view of Kobe University Hospital today

Panoramic view of Kobe University Hospital today

1990 March Expansion of High-energy Treatment Ward completed
1991 April Administrative offices of faculty of medicine and university hospital merged and reorganized into Administrative Department of Faculty of Medicine (General Affairs Division, Management Division, Student Affairs Division, Hospital Medical Affairs Division)
Geriatric Medicine, Department of Critical Care established、Department of Nutrition established.
1992 April Department of Critical Care established
1993 January Center for Medical Information Processing renamed Center for Medical Information Processing
1994 June Center for Perinatal Care established
  August Hospital Building 2 completed
  December Department of Endoscopic Medicine established
1995 April Center for Medical Information established
1996 April Plastic Surgery established
1997 January New nurses residence completed
  May Coronary Care Unit established
1998 April Department of Endoscopic Medicine established
  October Department of General Clinical Care established
1999 January Department of Clinical Genetics established
  April Department of Infection Control and Prevention established
2000 April Outpatients medical services shifted to organ functional basis medical services
Department of General Clinical Care established
  September High Order Critical Care Center established
2001 January Clinical Trials Management Center established
  July Center for Distribution established
  September Hospital Building 1 (new building) completed
International Patient Center opened
2002 March Started to use Hospital Building 1 (new building)
  April Hospital organization reorganized as below;
Hospital Administration
Center for Medical Information Processing, Center for Management and Planning, Center for Risk Management, Center for Bed Control, Center for Distribution, Clinical Trials Management Center, Center for Medical Records, Postgraduate Clinical Education Center
Clinical Departments
Life Condition and Consolidation Department
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Geriatric Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology, Radiology, Anesthesiology
Internal Medicine
Gastroenterology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Neurology, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Nephrology, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
Surgery
Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Breast Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Artificial Organ and Transplantation Surgery, Urology
Neurology Sensory Motor System Neurosurgery,
Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Central Medical Care
Department of Clinical Laboratory, Center for Radiology and Radiation Oncology, Department of Blood Transfusion, Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Center for Perinatal Care, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of general clinical care, Department of Critical Care, Higher order Clinical care center, Department of Surgical Care, Department of Physical Therapy, Department of metabolic disorder clinical care, Coronary Care Unit, Department of Endoscopic Medicine, Department of Clinical Genetics, Department of Infection Control and Prevention, International Patient Center
Postgraduate Clinical Education Center established
  June Postgraduate Clinical Education Center officially certified to a part of Hospital Administration
  December Center for Disaster Control and Prevention was established
2003 April Center for Risk Management disestablished and Department of Patient Safety and Quality Management established
Medical Treatment Consultation Counter established
Department of Mental Health for Children and Parents was established
2004 April Shifted to National University Corporation
  July Center for Patients Support was established
  December Outpatient Chemotherapeutic Practice Room established
2005 April Center for Bed Control was reorganized into Center for Patients Support
  June Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Breast Surgery, Artificial Organ and Transplantation Surgery reorganized into Gastrointestinal and Breast Surgery and Hepatic Transplantation Surgery
Emergency and Critical Care Medicine established
  October Higher Order Clinical Care disestablished and Center for Emergency and Critical Care Medicine established
2006 April Department of Physical Therapy renamed Department of Rehabilitation
2007 January Certified as a designated regional cancer treatment hospital
  April Hospital organization reorganized as below;
Hospital Administration
Center for Medical Information Processing, Center for Management and Planning, Department of Safety and Quality Management, Center for Disaster Control and Prevention, Center for Distribution, Clinical Trials Management center, Center for Medical Records, Postgraduate Clinical Education Center, Center for Patients Support, Center for Bed Control
Clinical Departments
Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology, Respiratory Medicine, immunology, Gastroenterology, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Geriatric Medicine, Neurology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
Internal Medicine: Radiology, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Psychiatry and Neurology
Surgery: Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
Surgery Related: Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Plastic Surgery, Anesthesiology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Facilities: Department of Clinical Laboratory, Center for Radiology and Radiation Oncology, Department of Blood Transfusion, Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Center for Perinatal Care, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of general clinical care, Department of Critical Care, Department of Surgical Care, Department of Rehabilitation , Nephrology & Dialysis Center, Coronary Care Unit, Department of Endoscopic Medicine, Department of Clinical Genetics, Department of Infection Control and Prevention, International Patient Center, Department of Mental Health for Children and Parents, Center for Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Cancer Center, Department of Nutrition, Outpatient Chemotherapy Room
  October Aesthetic Surgery established
2008 January Department of Medical Technology Support issued
  April Breast Surgery established
  June Rheumatology and Center for Rheumatic Diseases established
  August Infectious Diseases and Diagnostic Pathology established
  October Radiation Oncology established
    Center for Arrhythmias, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine established
2009 April Department of Safety and Quality Management renamed Department of Patient Safety and Quality Management
    Center for Medical Information Processing and Center for Endovascular Therapy established
    Center for Memory and Behavioral Diseases established
  October Geriatric Medicine and Department of General Clinical Care united and renamed General Internal Medicine
2010 January Medical Oncology renamed Medical Oncology and Hematology
2012 January Health Evaluation and Research Organization established
    Organ-tissue Transplant Center established
    Sleep and Respiratory Care Center established
    Medical Engineering Management Center established
  March Postgraduate Clinical Education Center renamed Integrated Clinical Education Center
2013 January Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center established
  April Clinical Trials Management center renamed Center for Clinical Research
    Rheumatology ward closed, Immunology renamed Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation established
  June Palliative and Supportive Care established

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Former Directors

Former presidents Former presidents Former presidents Former presidents Former presidents Former presidents
Chusetsu Endo
June 1, 1967 - June 20, 1967
Shozo Tsuzi
June 21, 1967 - March 31, 1969
Tatsuya Tomomatsu
April 1, 1969 - February 18, 1970
Seizo Iwai
February 19, 1970 - December 22, 1970
Tatsuya Tomomatsu
December 23, 1970 - July 22, 1971
Jo Imachi
July 23, 1971 - August 12, 1971
Tatsuya Tomomatsu
August 13, 1971 - January 31, 1972
Seisirou Kuromaru
February 1, 1972 - January 31, 1976
Joji Ishigami
February 1, 1976 - March 31, 1979
Shuji Kimura
April 1, 1979 - November 15, 1981
Yoshimasa Isayama
November 16, 1981 - November 15, 1983
Shigeaki Baba
November 16, 1983 - November 15, 1987
Hisashi Fukuzaki
November 16, 1987 - November 15, 1989
Kazushi Hirohata
November 16, 1989 - November 15, 1991
Masato Mochizuki
November 16, 1991 - November 15, 1995
Yoichi Saito
November 16, 1995 - September 30, 1996
Sadao Kamidono
October 1, 1996 - September 30, 2000
Hajime Nakamura
October 1, 2000 - September 30, 2002
Mitsuhiro Yokoyama
October 1, 2002 - September 30, 2004
Masato Kasuga
October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2007
Kazuro Sugimura
October 1, 2007〜January 31, 2014
Masato Fujisawa
February 1, 2014

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