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03/26/2019.Siaogang Hospital and Wenzao join forces to increase the accessibility of International Medical Care

發布日期 2019-04-01 12:42:00

 


 

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages is an institution committed to the active promotion of it's USR (University Social Responsibility) program.  Today (May 26th), Wenzao University and Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital came together to sign a mutual Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The two parties did so in a bid to help strengthen cooperation between both industry and academics.  At the same time, they hope to work towards the promotion of local health services, and to use foreign languages as a way to find new opportunities for further, mutually beneficial collaboration between them.

 

 

March 26, 2019
     

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages is an institution committed to the active promotion of it's USR (University Social Responsibility) program.  Today (May 26th), Wenzao University and Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital came together to sign a mutual Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The two parties did so in a bid to help strengthen cooperation between both industry and academics.  At the same time, they hope to work towards the promotion of local health services, and to use foreign languages as a way to find new opportunities for further, mutually beneficial collaboration between them.

 

The social environment in Taiwan is undergoing rapid change, and transnational marriage is becoming more and more common.  At the same time, there are now nearly 700,000 migrant workers making a living in the county.  Upon seeking medical treatment, language and cultural barriers can complicate the process, making it harder for some migrant workers to get medical attention.  These barriers also make it harder for workers to accurately express their medical needs and obtain appropriate treatment for their ailments.  

 

Following this partnership, Consulus will conduct a series of training at Wenzao to introduce creative and business design methodologies of Consulus that will instill principles of Ursuline education spirits, catholic social teaching, organizational purpose and unity to shape a global growth program. Faculty and staff will be trained in the methodologies of Consulus that are values-centered. As a result of this partnership, Wenzao and Consulus will work together to serve promising Taiwanese organizations and enterprises to help them harness Industry 4.0 opportunities creatively and expand globally.

 

According to Chen Mei-hua, the president of Wenzao University, the program as already expanded to include nearly 70 teachers and over 300 students since it’s initial implementation a year before.  The University also understands that there is real need for linguistic development, especially when talking about internationalization of medical services.  Likewise, there is an equally great need for for the cultivation of talented individuals to work in these rapid changing landscape. 

 

 

     In addition to helping the hospital provide professional services (volunteers for translation, administrative support, service of patient education and brochure) the school is also working on a joint effort to create a new medical instruction app that can act as a medical treatment guide.  Work is also being done to create teaching plans to help inform and educate new resident spouses who are pregnant and in need of prenatal care.  The aforementioned programs will also help students by helping them engage in cross-disciplinary studies, while at the same time helping them to refine their languages skills.

 

 

     The Wenzao International Medical Volunteer USR Project Team has been tasked with the implentation of the goals outlined in the memorandum.  According to project leader Melody Liao, the USR project is oriented around two main goals: the cultivation of cross-domain talents, and administering local care.  The goal is to help alleviate issues faced by disadvanted groups when seeking medical care, especially where language is concerened.  The team will act as a starting point, a strong link that ties together all the vast interdomain and international resources involved.  It will unite nearly 70 teachers from all across the community; all of which have their own interdisciplinary strengths and background.  Together, they will help interact with professional educational services, promote and develop the international medical volunteer service, and help to create multi-language educational material and textbooks.  All of this done in order to reach the larger vision of "medicine without borders, and access to medical care".

 

     As mentioned by Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital Superintendent of staff Kuo Chao-hung, in the past, many non-native citizens looking for adequate medical treatment were oftentimes forced to travel to the north of Taiwan to receive care. In recent years though, Kaohsiung’s reputation for excellent medical care has been on the rise, garnering much attention for it’s potential for development.  Now more than it's becoming a shining example for internationalized medical care within the country.

 

    In terms of foreign-language skills and competency, Wenzao University is teaming a vast wealth of burgeoning talent.  Medically speaking, Kaohsiung also has one of the most comprehensive medical care systems in the whole country.  Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital is situated close to the city’s international airport and foreign visitors are ever only a ten-minute drive away from receiving good medical care.  If any hospital has the potential to develop its international medical care system, Siaogang is the one.

 

   According to Kuo, differences in both language and culture make it hard for new foreign spouses to seek outside medical care.  In order to remedy this situation and boost the hospital's international health care service, Siaogang has enlisted the help of Wenzao and its bountiful well of foreign language instructors.  These instructors will be sent in to help better the multi-lingual environment of the hospital.  In the future, English, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese languages services will all be provided, as well as multilingual medical and educational literature, promotional videos, and an English-language website.  Through these efforts, the hospital hopes to better serve new resident spouses, and aspires to create a warm, friendly environment reminiscent of home.

 

 

   Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital is continuously to work on promoting and providing international medical treatment, while at the same time, Wenzao University is also striving nurture and develop their own USR project.  Through this momentous marriage of academics and industry, both sides will brush shoulders and work towards the betterment of the international health care system in Taiwan.  The memorandum signed today will make use of the limitless pool of resources shared by both parties, and in doing so, they hope to make Kaohsiung the future focal point of medical tourism in Taiwan.

  

Photos courtesy of Aurora Chao from PR Office

 

President Chen gave a speech on the ceremony.

A souvenir memento given by Wenzao.

Wenzao and Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital signed for MOU.

A photo of President Chen and Superintendent Kuo.

Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital staffs visit LDCC .

Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital staffs visit LDCC .