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Overview of Xiangya Hospital, Central South University

Xiangya Hospital, Central South University is a large Class-A Grade-3 (top level in China) general hospital, which is under direct supervision of the National Health Commission of China and affiliated to Central South University (CSU). Located in the ancient city of Changsha, Xiangya was founded by the Yale-China Association in 1906 as Yali Hospital and is one of the oldest hospitals in China practicing western medicine. In 1914, Hunan Yuqun Society and Yale-China Association jointly established Xiangya Medical College (the predecessor of Xiangya School of Medicine, CSU), and Yali Hospital was then renamed Xiangya Hospital.


Inspired by Xiangya’s motto: “Fairness, Bravery, Diligence, Prudence, Honesty, Love, Humbleness, Integrity, Truth, Precision, Profoundness and Professionalism” and its ethos: “Rigorousness, Truth, Unity and Progressiveness”, many of those trained at Xiangya became prestigious doctors and medical scientists such as Zhang Xiaoqian, Tang Feifan and Li Zhenpian. Zhang Xiaoqian, known as an “all-rounder in internal medicine”, was one of the first graduates of Xiangya Medical College, an expert internist, medical educator and the founding father of gastroenterology in China. Tang Feifan, known as the “father of chlamydia trachomatis”, was a famous microbiologist and immunologist best known for culturing the Chlamydia trachomatis agent in the yolk sacs of eggs, which earned him a Nobel Prize nomination. Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Republic of China, wrote an inscription saying “Apply your knowledge” to the graduates of Xiangya Medical College, and Mao Zedong, first chairman of the People’s Republic of China, recommended Xiangya’s medical services to his relatives many times.

The almost 140 thousand- Xiangya Hospital is located on Xiangya Road, Kaifu District, Changsha and has a gross floor area of 500 thousand . It is one of China’s top medical institutions armed with a full range of medical disciplines, high-caliber medical professionals and state-of-the-art technologies. Xiangya is home to 3,500 beds registered, 88 clinical departments including medical technology and subspecialty departments, 90 nursing units and 69 inpatient wards. In 2018, the hospital saw nearly three million outpatient and emergency visits, over 138 thousand hospital discharges and 75 thousand operations, and the length of hospital stay averaged 8.83 days.


A total of 6,750 people work at Xiangya Hospital, 1,093 of whom are in retirement. The hospital is home to one academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, three specially-appointed professors and five chair professors of the Chang Jiang Scholars Program, 64 professors who are granted the special allowances of the State Council, and two national-level candidates of the Three-level Talents Project (also known as the Hundred, Thousand, Ten Thousand Talents Project).


In recent years, Xiangya Hospital, a national-level public hospital who values its exemplary role, has taken the lead in public hospital reform and handled the relationship between reform and development appropriately. As a result, Xiangya Hospital has gained greater overall strength, influence, and reputation in society and the industry. For four years in a row, it has been voted by Chinese netizens as the most popular Class-A Grade-3 hospital. In three consecutive years, it has ranked the fourth among public hospitals in terms of social contribution and won the “Award for Innovation in Hospital Reform” presented by the National Health Commission and Health News.


Xiangya is one of the best hospitals in China known for top-notch medical care and research. In recent years, Xiangya Hospital has been especially focused on further developing medical specialties and promoting the Xiangya Famous Doctor Program, where doctors at Xiangya with great medical skills and professional ethics would be recognized as a “Xiangya Famous Doctor” and financial support would go to medical research and personnel training, etc. Every year, Xiangya spends 150 to 200 million yuan on the development of disciplines and scientific innovation systems. It has 25 national-level key clinical specialties, ranking the fifth among Chinese hospitals, seven national-level key disciplines, four national-level research platforms, and 34 ministerial and provincial-level key laboratories and research centers. In addition, Xiangya publishes eight national-level major medical journals and launched the Journal of Xiangya Medicine, a comprehensive English medical journal. From 2013 to 2018, Xiangya won the bids for 2,060 research projects with a total funding of 524 million yuan, including 530 projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Xiangya has published 5,288 papers including 3,064 SCI-cited ones, won 64 awards for scientific and technological achievements at the national, ministerial and provincial levels and obtained 314 patents. In 2018, Xiangya has been approved to undertake 106 NSFC projects, ranking the fifth among all hospitals in China. 


Xiangya also plays a leading role in medical education nationwide. It has two teachers recognized as the “National Outstanding Teacher”, five courses recognized as the "National Quality Course", four “National Quality Open Course” and one “National Quality Open Video Course”. From 2012 to 2018, Xiangya students won six grand prizes in the National Clinical Skills Competition for Medical Students (NCSCMS). It also hosted the final of the fourth NCSCMS successfully. A world-class 70 thousand- teaching and research building is under construction at Xiangya. 

Over the years, Xiangya has been pushing forward with its “going out” strategy to diversify its practice. It took the lead in establishing a three-level physical medicine and rehabilitation service system with Xiangya Hospital, Xiangya Boai Rehabilitation Hospital and community rehabilitation centers involved. Xiangya has a Telemedicine Center founded in 1996, which is one of the earliest institutions in China providing remote medical services and also Hunan’s largest telemedicine center. The center now has networked with 865 hospitals, serving patients in Hunan Province and other 27 provinces and autonomous regions. It works with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UCSF Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Ruijin Hospital, West China Hospital and other prestigious hospitals at home and abroad.


Since 2012, Xiangya has held 20 training sessions for over 2,000 heads and key medical and administrative staff of rural medical institutions from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. As assigned by the National Health Commission, it has set up 13 national medical teams which provided medical services and guidance in six provinces and autonomous regions. Every August, Xiangya sends out a team providing free medical services for the public for a week. In 2014 and 2015, Xiangya led the establishment of China’s first clinical treatment team and the fifth China (Hunan) Medical Team to Sierra Leone fighting against the Ebola epidemic.


As a public hospital, Xiangya Hospital sees giving as a priority. People at Xiangya would always like to be the first to provide emergency aid and international medical aid, which has been recognized by President Xi Jinping and other Party and state leaders including Liu Yandong, Hui Liangyu and Chen Zhu. “Xiangya” has been recognized as a “Well-known Trademark of China”.


Xiangya always takes upon itself to promote human health and the medical industry. Faced with new situations, tasks and challenges, Xiangya Hospital is determined to make the list of "Top Regional Medical Centers of China". It will stay devoted to serving the public interest by constantly improving its medical services, education, research and management level, core competiveness and innovation capacity, in hopes of becoming one of China’s top three hospitals and a world-class hospital with a world-class status in clinical medicine.