isn't something that happens outside the hospital indeed, it is impossible to find a border between the hospital and the community. The faculty members, students, and staff members of Myongji Hospital are intimately involved with the community around us on a daily basis. Those connections have translated into services large and small that link the hospital to the communities in Goyang city and the wider world.
The hospital is not only a space for medical services but also cultural activities for patients in need of a peaceful mind and for community members. Medical staff members are actively involved in educating community members on major health issues and in outreaching medical services to the underprivileged within the community and developing nations. Non-medical saff members participate in "lovesharing volunteer group" for community service and various charity activities. Approximately 1,000 volunteers and honorary community ambassadors actively participate in helping patients and promoting disease prevention and early treatment.
"The hospital is for those in need", every member of Myongji hospital makes an effort to fulfill this mission. Medical staff members take part in regular rounds of free medical treatment in the eighborhood for the needy. The hospital support medical expenses through social welfare programs for community members who cannot afford medical treatment because of financial difficulties. Emergency medical aid team is always standing by to be dispatched as quickly as possible for natural disasters such as flood damages. Non-medical staff members, as well as their families, also volunteer to prepare and deliver kimchi and rice to the low-income community members.
In order to alleviate the pain and difficulties of dementia patients and their families in an aging society and provide appropriate medical services according to the progress stages from the prevention of dementia, we are preparing for a community-based dementia management program. Baekse-chongmyung School, which was opened in March, 2013 under the slogan of "Health like youth, bright until 100 years old", contributes to the maintenance of the physical and mental health necessary for the prevention of dementia and old age life through art therapy such as motion therapy, music therapy, and art therapy in addition to cognitive training for early dementia patients. 'Baekse-chongmyung School' received the International Hospital Federation(IHF) Social Contribution Award and the Asian Hospital Management Association Hospital anagement Award in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Overseas medical support activities are an important extension of the hospital's community services. Since 2003, clinical faculty members of Myongji hospital have treated more than 3,000 patients every year in China, Nepal and Uzbekistan through volunteer medical service. Myongji hospital has also signed agreements with a number of medical facilities in the developing nations including Indonesia, Mongol, and Nepal to provide clinical training and support various medical equipments and systems.