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The West China Second University Hospital of Sichuan University (WCSUH-SCU), also known as West China Women's and Children's Hospital, Sichuan University, under immediate supervision of the Ministry of Health(MOH) of China, was established in 1988 on the basis of the Department of Obstetrics and  Gynecology and the Department of Pediatrics in the First University Hospital of  West China University of Medical Sciences. As a medical center specially for women and children in southwestern China,and a university hospital, it plays important roles in medical services, education, research, disease prevention and healthcare, honored with many titles,such as "Baby Friendly Hospital" awarded by MOH, UNICEF, and WHO in 1993,"Top Tertiary Hospital" for women and children rated in 1998,"National Advanced Women's Unit" in 2003,"Workers'Day Award of Sichuan Province" in 2007, "Advanced Unit in Fighting Earthquake" in June 2008, and "National Workers' Day Award" by National Trade Union in 2009.

The WCSUH has 600 licensed beds. Its Ob/Gyn and Pediatrics are rated as National Key Disciplines. The pediatrics of this hospital is listed in the National Top Quality Courses. Gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology are National Key Development Programs of Clinical Specialties. The hospital has a Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Maternal and Child Diseases and Birth Defects and an Innovative Team of Cheung Kong Scholars Program of the Ministry of Education of China for the basic and clinical research of early development and injury.  The Gynecological Oncology Diagnosis and Treatment, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Diagnosis and Treatment, and Systematic Prevention and Treatment of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia of Preterms are Key Programs of Clinical Disciplines of the MOH. In this hospital there are also the Regional Collaborative Center for Leukemia and Congenital Heart Diseases of Children in Rural Areas, National Center for Birth Defects Monitoring of China, the National Office for Maternal and Child Health Surveillance, the SFDA Institute of Clinical Test of Drugs, Gynecological Endoscope Training Center of MOH, MOH Training Center for Clinical Pharmacists, MOH Training Center for Clinical Specialists, Sichuan Provincial Center of Prenatal Diagnosis,  Regional Center for the National Program of Treating Rural Children with Leukemia and Congenital Heart Diseases, National Training Base for Prenatal Diagnostic Ultrasonography, NICU Nursing Training Base of Sichuan Province, Sichuan Provincial Training Base for Maternal and Infant Nursing. In 2008, it set up the West China Institutes for Women and Children’s Health. The hospital is responsible for the publication of two national key journals, The Chinese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics(Electronic Version) and The International Journal of Blood Transfusion and Hematology.  

Among its 406 staff members, there are 61 professors, 78 associate professors, 27 advisers for doctoral candidates, 73 advisers for master candidates, one awardee of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 5 awardees of the Ministry of Education Fund for Talents in New Century, 10 academic leaders of Sichuan Province, 33 awardees of the National Special Government Allowances and Provincial Allowances for Middle-aged and Young Specialists with Prominent Achievements, one winner of the “National Top 100 Papers”.  Forty percent of our staff has been trained overseas. Our staff hold key positions in many academic societies, including deputy director of the Pediatric Society of the Chinese Medical Association, deputy director of the Young Members’ Committee of the Chinese Medical Association, chief and deputy chief of subspecialty groups, members in all the 14 subspecialty groups; deputy director of the Young Members’ Committee of Gynecological Oncology of the Chinese Medical Association, deputy director of the Young Members’ Committee of Medical Engineering of the Chinese Medical Association, directors of Ob/Gyn,  pediatrics, reproductive medicine, medical genetics of medical associations of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City. In 2011, Dr. Zhou Chenyan, a pediatrician in the hospital, was awarded the title of Most Popular Doctor in Sichuan Province and in China, and Prof. Li Shangwei the title of National Role Model for Professional Ethics in Health Section.

As a medical center for patients with critical and complicated diseases from Sichuan province and even other provinces in west China, in 2011, we served about 1.4 million  outpatients and emergency patients, discharged 41,600 inpatients, performed 22,500 surgeries and 7,600 deliveries. The averaged stay of the hospital 6.75 days is much lower than the figure of the average of the same kind in China. We provide a wide range of medical services, most of which are among the most advanced in China.

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Medicine of the hospital is well equipped and has been authenticated to meet the standards of ISO15189. Its reports are accepted in 47 countries. Sophisticated monitoring systems such as monitoring system for intensive care, obstetric central monitoring network system, and tele-monitoring system for fetus, provide strong support to medical care of the mothers-to-be and the fetuses, though about 75% of the pregnant women admitted are in high-risk. The first “test tube baby” in Sichuan was born in this hospital. Every year, about 2600 IVF cycles are performed, with a success rate of 33%. WCSUH provides excellent medical services to gynecological patients with endoscopic radical hysterectomy, pelvic-floor repair surgery, interventional therapy before and after surgery of gynecological cancer, minimally invasive radical surgery of gynecological cancer (about 10,000 operations per year). Innovative progresses have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric hematological diseases, renal diseases, neonatal diseases, and interventional treatment of congenital heart diseases. In southwestern China, the Division of Hematology of the hospital first introduced cord blood stem cell transplantation into clinical treatment of leukemia in 2000. The complete remission rate of pediatric leukemia treated in the hospital is over 95%, and 5-year survival rate reaches 70%. As a regional referral center, the Division of Neonatology receives annually 3000 newborns with high-risk conditions. Interventional treatment of congenital heart diseases of children was first introduced to southwest China by the Division of Pediatric Cardiology of the hospital, benefiting over 500 children yearly. Its Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases is separately located, the only kind in Western China for its layout, and has been playing a key role in fighting SARS, H1N1 flu, critical hand-foot-mouth disease, and other infectious diseases.

To meet the increasing healthcare needs of the people, the hospital provides weekends and holiday Ob/Gyn clinics and night specialist clinics since April 2011. By the end of 2011, over 57000 patients received services during weekends/holidays or evenings.

With the network of the national center for birth defects monitoring and national office for maternal and children’s health surveillance, which consists of 783 member hospitals and 336 monitoring spots in 31 provinces, WCSUH put more efforts in collecting, processing, exploiting, and sharing maternal and children’s health data, and the efforts have won many supports, including the “973” key project of Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

The Prenatal Diagnosis Center of Sichuan Province in the hospital provides most programs in China for prenatal diagnosis and genetic disease diagnosis, serving the clients of the hospital and giving consultations for other institutes.

In 2011, this hospital obtained 112 research grants, setting a new record, with total funds of 32.0423 million RMB yuan, of which 24 were from the National Natural Science Foundation with over 10 million RMB yuan funds. Average research funding of professors and associate professors exceeded 200,000 RMB yuan. 413 papers and 34 books were published, including 79 papers on SCI journals; Ten inventions were patented, including five national patents.

With a strong sense of social responsibility, we believe that caring for the community means being an active part of it. We have signed agreements with more than 30 general and maternal & child health care hospitals. We have offered over 700 free health education lectures for women and children since 2003. And this hospital has been playing an important role in dealing with public health emergencies, such as San Lu milk powder incident, influenza A (H1N1), and Wenchuan Earthquake. In post-quake reconstruction, WCSUH proactively launched a dozen of projects. With the rebirth project for families deprived of children by the earthquake, the hospital had provided free consultations for 1,247 couples from quake-hit areas, offered genetic consultations and prenatal diagnoses for nearly 5,550 of them, and established about 700 pregnancies in them by the end of 2011.

Holding on to the philosophy of loving life and caring for patients, the staff and faculty of WCSUH will continue to pursue ever excellence in medical skills, service and management for the health of women and children.

Classification
First class tertiary specialty hospital for women and children
Name Registered
West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University / West China Women's and Children's Hospital, Sichuan University
Address
No. 20,Section 3, Renmin Nanlu, Chengdu, Sichuan
The Outpatient Department Service Time
The Outpatient Department runs all year round.
Key Specialties
Gynecology, Obstetrics, Reproductive Medicine, Genetic Counceling, Women’s Healthcare, Perinatal Healthcare, Menopause Healthcare, Neonatology, Pediatric hematology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Neurology, Child Healthcare
Working Language
Chinese