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As a tertiary treatment institution for the health care of children and youths, the Department of Pediatrics is equipped with the features of an educational and training hospital and a research institute.
The eternal goal of the Department of Pediatrics of the Samsung Medical Center, “Making a world of healthy children,” is pursued not only in treatment but also within the shadow of childhood patients through diverse events other than treatment.

Major areas of treatment

The critical patient treatment system, centering on the neonatal intensive care unit and the pediatric intensive care unit, can be said to be at the professional level, and as detailed fields of specialization are activated, patients can meet experts in individual diseases.
The professors’ two rounds per day by area that cannot be seen at other hospitals are quite famous.
The Department of Pediatrics is spurring the introduction of new medical technologies, the construction of cooperative treatment systems with local pediatric clinics and the development of computerization of medical information, and is conducting cutting-edge studies centering on molecular biology thereby publishing over 20 papers in international journals every year as a representative department of pediatrics of Korea in the world. In addition to treatment, the Department of Pediatrics is arranging events that can actually benefit those children that are in need of help such as charity bazaars to help children with incurable diseases. These events are currently helped by a gathering of parents of children with breathing disorders, a gathering of parents of children with MPS (mucopolysaccharide), and a gathering of parents of children with cancer (“Chamsaranghoe”), those were formed spontaneously as the children were hospitalized in the Department of Pediatrics of the Samsung Medical Center.

  • Neonatal unit: The neonatal unit of the Samsung Medical Center was certified as a Baby Friendly Hospital in 1997 by UNICEF. Currently, medical staff specializing in newborns, including more than 20 experts in breast-feeding, which is the largest number in Korea, are providing babies with optimal environments for forming the most natural mother-child relationship.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit: With new medical equipment, including artificial respirators, various monitors, and special gas treatment apparatuses, numbers of medical staff, including professors who majored in newborns, fellows, residents, and skilled nurses are doing their best for the fast recovery of babies.
  • Hospital school: To guarantee the right to learn of child/youth patients, support their successful return to school after treatment, and help their growth into healthy society members through psychological and emotional stability, the Samsung Medical Center has installed and is operating a “Hospital School” by executing a business agreement with the Office of Education.
  • Division of Pediatric Cardiology: We in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology strive to provide our child patients with congenital or acquired heart diseases, and youth and adult patients with congenital heart diseases with the best care possible in close cooperation with other departments, including the Department of Thoracic Surgery.
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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.