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General Information of Muroran City General Hospital (MCGH)

Welcome to Muroran City General Hospital (MCGH)!  MCGH is a 549 bed acute care hospital located in front of the Muroran City Hall where is at three minutes-walk from the JR Muroran station and a 75 minutes drive from Chitose International Airport in Hokkaido, Japan. The hospital was founded in 1872 as part of the Government-based healthcare facilities. Since then, the hospital has grown up as the best core Hospital in this regional area living 200,000 peoples via their trust and support. Outpatients and inpatients are provided with all medical and medicinal care by nearly all special medical disciplines and notably, for those with neurosurgical-mental psychiatric diseases, all-type cancer diseases, cardiovascular diseases as a main regional referral center for supporting community peoples. In addition, MCGH plays a crucial role for critical ill patients and for those severely injured as a center of the higher emergency and critical care, and thus more than 80% of such patients have been transported to the emergency rooms of MCGH connecting with the emergency medical ambulance system covering this Muroran, Noboribetsu, Date cities and Toya-Soubetsu area.

1. Medical Facilities:

  • The Main buildings for outpatients and inpatients ( Yamatechou 3-8-1, Muroran City)
  • The Emergency Clinic for outpatients (Yamatechou 3-8-1)
  • The South wings for psychiatric patients, patients with infection (Yamatechou 3-8-1)
  • The cancer chemotherapy units. (Yamatechou 3-8-1)
  • MCGH Minato Clinic ( Kaiganchou 1-130, Muroran city)
  • Number of beds: 549 beds
  • Regional Emergency and Trauma Center

2. 37 Departments & Clinic

  • Internal Medicine: Allergy, Cardiology, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Digestive Gastroenterology, General Medicine, Hematology & Oncology, Infectious disease, Nephrology & Hypertension, Neurology, Psychiatry, Respiratology, Pediatrics (psychiatrics, neurology), Rheumatology, Psychiatry &Psychosomatic Medicine,
  • Surgery: Abdominal-gastroenteric Surgery, Breast surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, General Surgery, Gynecology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Oto-rhinolaryngology, Plastic & Cosmetic surgery, Pulmonary surgery, Spinal Surgery, Urological surgery, Sexual Function and Neurourology
  • Others: Anatomic- and Immune-Pathology, Anesthesiology, Emergency & trauma, Chemotherapic Oncology, Pain Clinic, Palliative care, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Smoke-free clinic,

The Muroran city owes its ambience and prosperity to its natural port and ocean, and the beautiful coast around and the Shikotsu-Toya National park very close to the center of city are also full of tourist attractions. MCGH has played an important role in emergency medical care for those who have been injured or sick during their sightseeing or business, from both domestic area and international countries to our beautiful area around the city.

3. The MCGH International-supporting program:

In 2010, MCGH has organized an International Supporting Program for medical students as well as young medical doctors in training through consultation with the UCSF Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine in the USA.

The Board Members and their specialty and the Institutions they were trained abroad

  • Shuji DOHI, MD,PhD:Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Critical Care of Medicine, University of Miami, Yale University, Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.
  • Ryuichi KATO, MD,PhD: Urological surgery, Sexual function and Neurourology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ikuhide KOHAMA, MD,PhD:Neurosurgery, Spinal Surgery, Yale University
  • Shinichiro KON, MD,PhD: Immunopathology, Stanford University, California
  • Yoshinori MIYAZAKI, MD,PhD: Diabetics&Endocrinology, University of Texas San Antonio
  • Tetsurou SHOJI, MD,PhD:Physiology, Cardiology & Critical Care Medicine, University of Missouri Columbia

All of them have an excellent international experience for clinical and research activities in the US and/or Canada. Providing American-style clinical education, MCGH takes pride in recruiting medical students driven to be outstanding clinicians, some of whom will surely become future leaders in clinical medicine in our hospital as well as nation-wide hospitals.

3. International Exchange Programs:

MCGH also provides special international exchange programs for our medical staffs with hospitals in the US and in China. Especially, Rizhao national hospital in Shandong Providence, China, and MCGH are providing an international exchange program for promoting reciprocal visits of medical staffs (medical doctors, nurses, paramedics).

4. Information: MCGH is a NON-SMOKING FACILITIY.

There is absolutely NO SMOKING in any building within MCGH and its branch facilities. Tobacco is associated with significant adverse health effects, and also is a fire hazard. MCGH enforces NO SMOKING in all facilities in order to safeguard all patients and visitors.

5. If you are interested in visiting MCGH, please note the following:

Visiting medical students / residents are able to observe rather than to participate in any procedures. Because Japanese medical malpractice insurance does not cover foreign medical students, such observation might be limited. The duration of the observership is 1-3 weeks, general surgery, internal medicine, anesthesiology and emergency medicine. MCGH are ready to accept medical students at a time Japanese language skill is not imperative but about a year of college level coursework or equivalent is highly advised since such ability will afford a much more fruitful experience on the floors and particularly outside the hospital. It is greatly appreciated if applications, including the recommendation letter, are received at least three months before the desired rotation.

Finally, regarding local expenses, lunch is provided free of charge by the hospital Monday through Friday. Most visitors stay at a hotel about five minutes by foot from the hospital. There are several good hotels in the city and the hotel Bay side Muroran is very convenient in this area and reasonable. We look forward to your inquiry. Any further questions are welcomed.

We are looking forward to your further inquiry. Please contact with Dr. Dohi.