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Aomori Medical School Hospital, a predecessor of Hirosaki University Hospital, was established in 1945. That very year, it suffered war damage and was subsequently relocated to Hirosaki City. Since then, Hirosaki University Hospital has served as a core medical institution in the Northern Tohoku area for over 70 years, constantly evolving to stay ahead by providing advanced and high-quality medical services to patients, developing advanced medical technology, training and educating health care workers, and contributing to the betterment of community health.
Today, we have as many as 34 departments specializing in different organs and 26 central treatment facilities, which together allow us to effectively cater to the various needs and problems of our patients. Our Advanced Emergency and Critical Care Center that started operation in July 2010 is the first advanced emergency critical care center in Japan that provides medical care for people exposed to radiation.
Furthermore, on August 26, 2015, we were designated by the Nuclear Regulation Authority as the only "Advanced Radiation Emergency Medicine Support Center" and "Nuclear Emergency Medicine Support Center" in Northern Tohoku and Hokkaido. In addition, our institution is equipped with a heliport as well as with resources to provide tertiary emergency medical services, and is therefore a place of last resort for many people living in a wide region covering not only the entire Aomori prefecture but also Northern Akita.
Having been designated as the "hub hospital for the regional cancer care network", the "hub hospital for the liver disease care network", and the "hub hospital for the cancer genome medicine network", healthcare providers in our institution work together across the boundaries of departments to provide the best possible care to their patients. We have established a "Cancer Salon" and a "Liver Disease Information Center" to help cancer patients and liver disease patients cope with their conditions. In April 2015, we established an "Integrated Patient Support Center" to facilitate the process of accepting patients referred to us from other medical institutions and to provide the necessary assistance to patients being discharged from our institution or being referred to another hospital.
Physicians in every department of our institution strive on a daily basis to provide high-quality and minimally invasive treatment to their patients so as not to impose undue burden on them. We are the first medical institution in Tohoku and Hokkaido areas to introduce two remotely operated endoscopic surgical systems, which are used mainly by the urology department and also by the department of gastrointestinal surgery and the department of obstetrics and gynecology, attracting many interns to learn from us. In March 2019, a hybrid operating room (an operating room with cardiovascular/cerebrovascular x-ray imaging systems installed in it) was established and we subsequently started offering leading-edge medical technology in the fields of cardiology and neurosurgery.
We are determined to continue striving to stay true to our image as a trustworthy medical institution that advocates for the best interests of our patients, their families, and the community. Your feedback is very important to us. We welcome any suggestions, comments and ideas to help us better serve your needs.