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Overview of Xiangya Hospital, Central South University

Xiangya Hospital is located in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. Founded in 1906 by the Yale-China Association of the United States, Xiangya Hospital was originally named “Yali Hospital” and run by professors and doctors from Yale University; it has been providing care and education in accordance with the highest standards of western medical colleges ever since its establishment. Not only is it one of the oldest western hospitals in China, but it has also long enjoyed the reputation of “South Xiangya”, which translates as “the best hospital in southern China”. Xiangya Hospital is now a large comprehensive tertiary hospital with direct supervision from the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and it is affiliated to Central South University, a national key university under direct supervision of the Chinese Ministry of Education. After more than a century"s development, Xiangya Hospital has evolved into a modern general hospital integrating “medical care, medical education, medical research, preventive care and rehabilitation” as well as a key center for medical treatment, education and research in China.


During its glorious 110 years’ history, Xiangya Hospital has cultivated a group of distinguished healthcare practitioners and medical scientists, many of whom have become top experts and educators of western medicine in China (such as Dr. Xiaoqian Zhang, the 3rd president of Xiangya Hospital and director of Gastroenterology at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, known as an “all-rounder in Internal Medicine”), academic leaders (such as Dr. Fuqing Yan, the 1st dean of Xiangya Medical College, founder of Shanghai Medical College and Chinese Medical Association), and renowned basic medical scientists (such as Dr. Feifan Tang, famous microbiologist and immunologist, the first in the world who succeeded in the isolation of Chlamydia trachomatis). Generations of excellent Xiangya graduates and doctors have become the core force propelling the advancement and progress of western medicine in modern and contemporary China; they have also gained Xiangya Hospital the trust and recognition of patients and our society. Chairman Mao Zedong highly praised Xiangya for its high medical quality, and introduced family and friends to the hospital many times.


Xiangya Hospital, with its well-organized departments and devoted medical staff, is among the top in the Chinese health care industry. It has 3,500 beds and 88 clinical departments. In 2016, the number of outpatient and emergency visits exceeded 2.99 million person-time, discharged patients over 123,500 person-time and inpatient operations over 65,500.


In recent years, Xiangya Hospital has been actively devoted to public hospital reform, and has made itself an honorable example of balancing reform and development. Its overall strength, regional influence, social reputation and position in the industry have all been significantly improved. For 3 consecutive years, it has been bestowed as the “Most Popular Tertiary Hospital in China”, ranked the 4th in terms of social contribution among all Chinese public hospitals, and has been granted the “Hospital Reform and Innovation Award” by the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China and the “Health” newspaper.


Xiangya Hospital is among the top in China in terms of medical diagnosis and treatment. The hospital vigorously promotes the development of specialties and the “Xiangya Distinguished Doctors” project, and invests CNY 150-200 million in discipline construction and scientific and technological innovation system building annually. So far the hospital has been granted 25 national key clinical key specialty construction projects, ranking the 5th in China.


Xiangya Hospital is a leading force for medical education in China. The hospital has 2 “National Distinguished Teachers”, 4 “National Excellent Resource Sharing Courses” and 1 “National Excellent Video Open Course”. From 2012 to 2015, Xiangya students won the top award in the National Competition of Clinical Skills for Medical Students, and the hospital successfully hosted the final of the 4th Competition with “zero mistake”. A 70,000-square meter teaching and scientific research building of international standards has been under construction.

Xiangya Hospital is in the top tier of scientific research in China. From the year of 2013 to 2016, a total of 1,395 projects have been funded, 308 of which are NSFC (Natural Science Foundation of China) projects. The total funding reached nearly CNY 355 million. 3,136 research papers have been published, including 1,587 SCI-cited. The hospital has won 50 science and technology achievement awards at national, ministerial and provincial levels in the same period of time, and has been granted 170 patents.  Presently, the hospital chief-edits 8 national journals and has founded 1 English journal – Journal of Xiangya Medicine, owns 6 national key disciplines and 26 research platforms of national (2) and ministerial / provincial (24) levels.


As a public hospital, Xiangya Hospital never forgets its social responsibility. In implementing its development strategy of “providing Xiangya services beyond Xiangya perimeters”, it has taken the lead in China in building a three-leveled rehabilitation medical service network and explored a new training model for cultivating rural and community doctors. In the past 4 years, Xiangya Hospital has established collaborative relationships with 51 hospitals within and 20 hospitals outside Hunan province, and expanded its tele-medicine coverage connecting directly with 139 hospitals and indirectly through a third-party agency with over 5000 hospitals nationwide. Since 2012, over 2,000 township hospital administrators and community doctors and nurses from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have received professional training at Xiangya Hospital. Moreover, Xiangya Hospital has successively organized 9 national medical teams providing assistance in 5 provinces as designated by the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China. A one-week health initiative providing gratuitous treatment to the general public has been held by Xiangya staff every August. In 2014 and 2015, Xiangya Hospital even took the lead in organizing the first international medical team of Hunan province and the fifth Chinese medical team to assist Sierra Leone to fight against the Ebola epidemic.


Xiangya Hospital has demonstrated its social responsibility in cases of public emergency medical assistance, international medical aids and other major social events, and has been highly affirmed by multiple Chinese government and Party leaders including Xi Jinping, Liu Yandong, Hui Liangyu, Yang Jiechi, and Chen Zhu.


Xiangya Hospital always strives to face new challenges and take on new missions while keeping the public interest in mind. The hospital will continue to enhance its overall capabilities in medical care, medical education, scientific research and hospital administration, as well as strengthen its core competitiveness and innovative ability. With its efforts for constant improvement and to impact the international community, Xiangya Hospital is laying a solid foundation for the strategic goal of catching up with and surpassing the top three hospitals in China.