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SMC’s Pediatric Adolescent Center is the nation's best medical center devoted exclusively to caring for children and adolescents. Our team of pediatric doctors, nurses and other medical staffs are working collaboratively for ‘the highest quality and foremost advanced care & safety first’ for children.

Major areas of treatment

We offer a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 18 years of age. With 46 experienced doctors representing more than 15 pediatric specialties, SMC’s Pediatric Adolescent Center offers more comprehensive "whole child" care than many of the country's major medical centers. In SMC’s Pediatric Adolescent Center, all the health problems that occur in children and adolescents are tackled by specialized teams in 52 dedicated clinics.

Strengths

SMC’s Pediatric Adolescent Center has achieved national and international recognition for the advancement of healthcare and research.
We have the world record for the highest survival rate in high-risk neuroblastoma. We also have the national record of the highest survival rate for the smallest premature infants. We became the first hospital in Korea to open a Ministry of Environment-designated atopy research center. We have approximately 10,000 inpatient admissions and 182,000 clinic visits each year. Last year the center performed more than 5,000+ surgical procedures.
SMC’s Pediatric Adolescent Center is one of the largest pediatric research programs in the South Korea. We have conducted thousands of research projects identifying treatments and therapies for many debilitating childhood diseases. Development of “Hunterase”, a new drug for children with mucopolysaccharidoses proved our Excellency in translating the laboratory research to clinical care.

Other resources

Samsung Medical Center has established a “hospital school” to give pediatric and adolescent patients access to education and to help them return to school after treatment.
If no certificate of attendance is necessary in the original school the patient is enrolled in, he/she may come and participate in classes offered by the hospital. If a certificate of attendance is necessary at the patient’s original school, he/she should consult with SMC’s principal teacher before attending.
We are committed to offering comprehensive, child-friendly, family-centered services to care children with special needs. Family counselling services, inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation services, language services, and nutrition support services are available year around.

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Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.

Patients’Responsibilities

1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.