Mediplex Sejong Hospital, Korea's first and only medical complex, received the first grade in an acute stroke adequacy assessment conducted by the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (the “HIRA”) on the 25th (Thurs). This recognizes the hospital as a medical institution which treats stroke well.
Stroke means a cerebrovascular disease, collectively referring to cerebral infarction and cerebral hemorrhage, and is considered one of the top three causes of death in Korea. It is most important to arrive at the hospital within about 3 hours, the golden hour for stroke treatment, and receive prompt treatment. Accordingly, the HIRA conducts an acute stage stroke adequacy assessment on a regular basis to evaluate whether medical institutions have the conditions necessary for acute stage stroke treatment and to provide citizens with information necessary to choose a medical institution.
The assessment was conducted from July to December 2018 for stroke patients admitted through the emergency room to 248 medical institutions at the level of a general hospital or higher nationwide. Mediplex Sejong Hospital has earned 100 points out of 100, well over the national average of 92.45, and topped the list in nine indexes including ▲ existence of professional personnel ▲ brain imaging test rate (within 1 hour) ▲ intravenous thrombolytic agent administration rate (within 60 minutes).
Mediplex Sejong Hospital’s Cerebral Vascular Center is headed by Professor Choi In-seop, an expert in brain-nervous system imaging and professor of radiology at Tufts University School of Medicine after working as an associate professor at New York University and Harvard Medical School. Also, a medical team of 13 physicians from five disciplines such as Neurosurgery, Neurology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Mental Health Medicine, and Radiology are working together at the Center. In addition, cerebrovascular specialists are at the hospital 24 hours throughout the year to respond to emergencies, and a hotline system is in place to enable the entire intervention from seeing a patient to examination, application of thrombolytic agent, cerebrovascular angiography, and cerebrovascular surgery done quickly within 3 hours of onset, offering comprehensive services encompassing treatment and prevention as well as rehabilitation to make it possible to return to everyday life after discharge.
Selected as an excellent institution for stroke treatment, the hospital will be a medical institution that does its best to protect precious lives and minimize sequelae with rapid treatment.