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Ambassadors, senior diplomats, spouses tour Yonsei Sarang Hospital

Ambassador Mohamed Salim Alharthy of Oman and the ambassadors and other senior diplomats of 23 other countries attended with their spouses a tour of the Yonsei Sarang Hospital in southern Seoul on March 4, 2016 at the invitation of President & CEO Koh Yong-gon of the Hospital.
The visiting ambassadors attended a welcome ceremony in the morning where was held an extensive presentation session by some of the senior doctors of the Hospital with a special focus on the joints and spine of the human body.

▲Photo shows CEO Koh Young-gon (seated fourth from left, front row) with Ambassador Mohamed Salim Alharthy of Oman (third from left, same row) and other ambassadors and senior diplomats. The tour was organized by Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post (fourth from right, front row) at the invitation of CEO Koh.

The presentation was followed by a Korean buffet luncheon that had obviously been prepared with special attention paid to the maintenance and promotion of health of the guests whereas the fare significantly included expensive traditional Korean health foods such as ginseng and seasoned raw beef shreds.

In 2008, the Yonsei Sarang Hospital established the Stem Cell Institute and assigned a total of eight full-time researchers with doctorate and master’s degrees where they are actively and fully engaged in research and development activities. Currently, high-standard research and development activities are carried out at this Institute for autologous adult stem cell treatment. This Institute has been designated by the Government as a clinical test-demonstration facility.
Thus, the papers from the Yonsei Sarang Hospital have been published on a total of 15 different occasions by the internationally renowned, SCI-class medical-academic journals such as The Knee, Arthroscopy, AJSM and KSSTA.
They are considered the largest in number in the world for research papers for the treatment of adult stem cells.
Following the luncheon, the visiting ambassadors and other senior diplomats were invited together with their spouses to take a number of medical tests with special emphasis on the health of the spinal bones.
There also was presentation of beautiful traditional Korean songs by a shapely Korean girl trio who played on traditional Korean musical instruments such as Korean violin and zithers.
Speaking to the guests, CEO Koh said, “The Yonsei Sarang Hospital has been selected by the Ministry of Health & Welfare as a ‘Special Hospital to Invite and Treat Foreign Patients’ and a ‘Specialized Joint Hospital’ and we have also won the ‘Medical Korea Grand Award’ for three consecutive years from 2009 to 2001.”
Then he said, “Furthermore, we have won the Overall First-class Recognition in the area of plastic surgery for safe use of antibiotics.” With a motto for a top-rate research-centered medical facility, he said, the Hospital has been making extensive efforts in a sustained manner to be the first in the area of early recovery of the patients and for this purpose has been making extensive efforts for research and development.

Excerpts from the welcome remarks follow:
Welcome to the Yonsei Sarang (Love) Hospital! I am Dr. Koh Yong-gon, the president of the Hospital.
First of all, I would like to express my heart-felt pleasure and gratitude to all the Excellencies, Madams and the Distinguished Guests for taking time of your busy schedule to favor us with your kind visit to our Hospital. It is a great honor that I have this opportunity to welcome you all to our Hospital. Thanks to the sustained efforts we have all made here since our establishment 13 years ago, the Yonsei Sarang Hospital has grown to Korea’s representative Hospital specializing in the treatment of diseases and problems of joints and spine.
The Yonsei Sarang Hospital consists of two buildings, one main Hospital building and one New Hospital building, with a total of 174 beds and over 300 full-time personnel. Thus, we are the largest joint-spine hospital in the Gangnam District of the Seoul City.
The Main Hospital specializes in the care and treatment of four main areas, namely knees, shoulders, the spine and the feet at specialized centers where 20 specialized doctors provide systematized treatment.
The Yonsei Sarang Hospital has been selected by the Ministry of Health & Welfare as a ‘Special Hospital to Invite and Treat Foreign Patients’ and a ‘Specialized Joint Hospital.’ The Yonsei Sarang Hospital has also won the much-coveted ‘Medical Korea Grand Award’ for three consecutive years from 2009 to 2001. Furthermore, the Hospital has won the Overall First-class Recognition in the area of plastic surgery for safe use of antibiotics.
The Yonsei Sarang Hospital, with a motto for a top-rate research-centered medical facility, has been making extensive efforts in a sustained manner to be the first in the area of early recovery of the patients and for this purpose has been making sustained efforts for research and development.
In 2008, the Yonsei Sarang Hospital established the Stem Cell Institute and assigned a total of eight full-time researchers with doctorate and master’s degrees where they are actively and fully engaged in research and development activities. Currently, high-standard research and development activities are carried out at this Institute for autologous adult stem cell treatment. This Institute has been designated by the Government as a clinical test-demonstration facility.
Thus, the papers from the Yonsei Sarang Hospital have been published on a total of 15 different occasions by the internationally renowned, SCI-class medical-academic journals such as The Knee, Arthroscopy, AJSM and KSSTA.
They are considered the largest in number in the world for research papers for the treatment of adult stem cells.
As a result of such outstanding research results, the Yonsei Sarang Hospital doctors have been invited on several different occasions by such world-famous plastic surgery and cartilage restoration research institutes such as AAOS, ICRS and TOBI to publish their research results in various countries of the world, including the United States, Canada and Italy.
The Yonsei Sarang Hospital has also signed agreements with the Bologna College in Italy, Hiroshima University in Japan and the Quill Hospital in Malaysia for joint researches. In addition, Yonsei Sarang has been receiving many medical teams for research and studies at our Hospital from various hospitals of the world, including the United States, Italy, Japan, China and Indonesia.
Now, Excellencies, Madams and other dignitaries visiting our Hospital today, I hope that you will personally experience the world-recognized excellent services today according to our established schedule.
At this time, I would like to take this opportunity to again express my gratitude to all the distinguished visitors here today. I hope that your visit to our Hospital today will be a meaningful and memorable one. Thank you.

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