Message from the hospital director

Tamehito Matsubara
Hospital Director
Kyoto Min-iren Chuo Hospital
Public Interest Incorporated Associations Kyoto Hokenkai




I am Tamehito Matsubara, and I was appointed as the hospital director on July 1, 2017.

Our hospital opened as the central hospital of the Kyoto Federation of Democratic Medical Institutions (hereinafter referred to as Kyoto-Min-Iren) in 1987 in response to the desire of local residents as well as all people who support Kyoto-Min-Iren.

The number of hospital beds increased from 205 when it opened to 300 with the start of the initial clinical training system in 2000. In addition, we have been focusing on community-based acute-phase medical care for over 30 years, in keeping with our mission to “provide acute-phase medical care” and “develop medical professionals.”

In line with the enhancement of the function for returning patients home and the opening of a palliative care unit in 2011, the number of beds has increased to 411. With comprehensive care functions ranging from acute-phase medical care to support for patients returning home, the hospital currently runs a high-care unit (HCU), a convalescent rehabilitation unit, an integrated community care unit and palliative care unit.

We are planning to relocate to a new building by November 2019 under the concept of the new hospital being indispensable to the community and with the goal of becoming a hub for regional health promotion. We will pursue efforts to improve emergency medical care and specialized care in an endeavor to strengthen acute-phase medical care called for by the community and to support patients returning home. We will also implement various cooperative initiatives to promote the improvement of healthy living among local residents by developing a network of people as well as a structure that raises health awareness and lends a helping hand to those hidden in our community who struggle with difficulties. One such initiative is the development of medical professionals who can turn their attention to the community. As a first step toward this endeavor, this year we are planning to join the Health Promoting Hospitals Network (HPH Network) endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to further enhance and share our activities from a scientific point of view. 

Our goals can be only achieved through support from parties engaged in regional medical and nursing care, parties engaged in health and welfare, and local residents. All staff members will make ardent efforts to make the hospital worthy of receiving such support. We hope that we can count on your continued cooperation and guidance as we pursue our initiatives. 

  1. Rainy-day emergency medical care.
  2. Intensive care for severe diseases, including myocardial infarction and stroke.
  3. Comprehensive cancer care, including endoscopic therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and palliative care.
  4. Safe delivery, as well as medical care to meet the needs of women and children.
  5. Continual rehabilitation for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
  6. Steady medical care for diabetes, kidney disease, and mental health through networks with private practitioners.